In 2010, while reading The Power of Purpose, by Richard Leider, I set a powerful intention for myself by composing my own personal purpose statement.
Be in the world every day on purpose,
in relationships, in work, and in nature
in ways that are true to who I am,
and in ways that express my core values and utilize my talents,
creating growth in myself and others.
For the past ten years, the intention I set to live purposefully and in alignment with my core values has been my daily guidepost and has fueled the realization of very meaningful dreams and aspirations. My personal purpose statement has served as a constant, centering reminder of how I want to spend my time, who I want to surround myself with, how I want to share my gifts with the world, and has aided me in realigning when I’ve found myself veering off course.
Your destiny is shaped by your deepest intentions.
As we’re embarking on a new decade that is full of possibility it’s a great time to reconnect with what matters most to you and get clear about the impact you want to create in the coming years.
Your life begins with conscious choice that is
fueled by powerful intentions.
What are you choosing? What are you expecting?
What is your real intention?
This passage from Gary Zukav’s The Seat of the Soul illuminates the power of setting intentions:
Every action, thought, and feeling is motivated by an intention, and that intention is a cause that exists as one with an effect. If we participate in the cause, it is not possible for us to participate in the effect. In this most profound way, we are held responsible for our every action, thought, and feeling, which is to say, for our every intention…
It is, therefore, wise for us to become aware of the many intentions that inform our experience, to sort out which intentions produce which effects, and to choose our intentions according to the effects that we desire to produce.
If you’re feeling stuck and want to create a new path forward, start by examining your past thoughts, actions and emotions and connect with your truest intentions.
How have your past thoughts and actions
produced the experiences you’re having now?
If you change your intentions,
what different outcomes might you create?
As you make more conscious and intentional choices that honor your deepest desires and dreams, you will realize exactly what life intended for you – the opportunity to grow and achieve your highest potential.
To learn more about the power of setting intentions and how to set an intention, listen to my January 2016 radio interview with Andrea Oliver of Hall Communications.
Let’s grow together…