At the beginning of the week, in my daily devotional, I begin by creating an intention. An intention is a statement that paints the picture of how I want to show up for myself and others. I begin by reflecting on the places in life where I aim to grow. When I write down my intention the words support the reality I want to manifest.
Three Characteristics of an Intention
- An intention is written in the present tense.
- It is stated as though it is already true.
- Positive words paint the picture.
Repetition is Key
Each morning, my intention becomes my personal prayer. As I begin to move through my day, I find it helpful to say my intention silently to myself as often as possible. The more I say the words, the more my mind believes them to be true. For example, when I create an intention like I embrace this day with patience, the more often I say it, the more likely I am to remember to bring patience to what I am doing in that specific moment. Each time I practice bringing patience, it becomes easier for patience to show up.
If you are unfamiliar with how an intention works, take a peek at this article by Melissa Eisler. Melissa offers guidance on how to create an intention. She even offers intentions you can “borrow” as you become more familiar with the practice.
The Difference Between Intentions and Affirmations
In her article, Melissa helps identify the difference between an intention and an affirmation. While affirmations are positive words of encouragement, intentions help you align with how you want to live and feel. Studies show that if your mind is unable to believe an affirmation, the words you say can actually have an adverse effect.
For example, saying a positive affirmation like I am beautiful, when you don’t feel beautiful may actually make you feel worse. In contrast, saying an intention like I show up with beauty and grace, allows your mind to entertain the possibility of bringing beauty to the present moment. An intention takes the focus away from how you look and brings the focus to how you feel and act.
Set an Intention for the Week
I encourage you to practice setting an intention for your week. By holding space for the same intention for more than day, you can immerse yourself in the practice. If you are anything like me, chances are you will forget your intention. Know that this is normal, and it doesn’t mean you are a failure. Practicing includes forgetting AND remembering. Each time you remember your intention, you re-affirm how you want to show up. As you continue to recall and manifest your intention, the more it will to take shape and eventually become your truth.