Setting Intentions: Essence

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Here’s Part 3 in the 6-part “Setting Intentions” series. (Start here.)


Identify the energy behind the intention

Why: Having clarity about the energy you want in your life means you can start creating that energy immediately.

Whatever the intention you are setting, there is always a core quality underlying it. Dig deeper to find out what the essence of the quality is.

You’d want to start bringing elements of that into your life through action, in whatever way you are comfortable with at the moment. It doesn’t necessarily have to be big, or intimidating.

Personally, I like starting small and simple.

  • Small → I don’t get scared.
  • Simple → I will actually get it done. (And bringing the energy in through ACTION is *super* important!!!)

For a long time, I wanted to live in Japan, but couldn’t figure out how. I applied to join a programme to teach English in local schools, but was disappointed both times. Finally, I decided I wanted live there at least for 6 months no matter what.

I didn’t know exactly how I was going to make it happen, but I started filling up my life with more and more Japanese-related activities, e.g. watching more Japanese TV. Super easy starting point, right? ;) I also started going for Japanese classes again.

Then, I changed all my passwords to things like: ‘iLOVEjapan’, ‘japanhereicome’, ‘heretodayjapantomorrow’.

The core energy behind all that: loving Japan, going to Japan, being in Japan. Even now as I write this, I remember that feeling.

Take note: Avoid using ‘want’ when setting intentions. It shifts the focus to the energy of ‘wanting’, which doesn’t really get anyone anywhere.

Try this:
If it feels challenging to figure out the essence of the quality you are looking for, break down your intention into some kind of activity, e.g. “If I were (doing X), I would be (doing this).” So in my case, it would have been: “If I were in Japan, I would be speaking Japanese every day.”

Give it a shot and let me know how it goes in the comments!

Share your thoughts below!