Intentions are the cornerstone of our thought process that give us a sense of direction. It’s our aim or plan of what we want to be, do or have. Without having clear intentions we tend to react to life, getting swayed and jolted around by the circumstances and events around us. When we do have clear intentions, it’s easier for us to see and decipher what of the events and interactions around us is serving us and what is not.
In other words, having an intention creates a destination or a point we want to achieve. Intentions are all about what we want to feel. This is the level that we need to distil our intention words to.
What is it that we want to feel?
In terms of manifestation and attracting what you desire into your life, you need to match that desire on an energetic level or be a vibrational match for it. Nothing is going to come to you unless you feel in alignment with it.
By choosing to work with intentions and feelings, we bring ourselves into alignment with our desires much quicker.
But what is it that you want to feel?
There may be many things that you would like to feel, and one way you can do this is to pick a powerful word for the year ahead, your overarching theme, and then month by month choose a different intention word that you will work with. You might find all of these words at once or you may decide to do a monthly check-in with yourself to determine what is next. There is no right or wrong way to do this, just whatever feels right.
A lovely analogy for this method: Think of it like an umbrella, where your main word for the year is the fabric and then each of the monthly intentions are the ribs that together support and give structure to the fabric.
You can choose to find your ribs or your fabric first, just create a beautiful umbrella for your year ahead!
Here are 10 questions to help you choose your intention words:
- What do I want to feel more of in my daily life?
- What do I want to feel when I wake up in the morning?
- What do I want to feel when I go to sleep at night?
- What do I want to be more of to my family / friends / co-workers / social circles?
- What is it that I need to achieve my short term goals?
- What is it that I need to achieve my long term goals?
- What do I see in others that I would like to be too?
- What do I need to feel so that I can BE more?
- What do I need to feel so that I can DO more?
- What do I need to be my truest, authentic self?
Once you find your intention words, tune into them. Use physical reminders: notes, create a bookmark in your journal, add it as your backdrop or screensaver on your computer, create a reminder on your phone, or go bigger and bolder with artistic expression at home.
Play with the words and see how they manifest in your life, so that you feel more of your chosen word(s) each day!