I was staring at one of my vision boards this morning and noticed a little card, the size of a business card, with three words written on it. I wish I could give credit to whomever came up with them, but, for some reason I didn’t note the source. Suffice to say, these are not my words and I only take credit for communicating them to you.
The words are:
Intention, Attention, No Tension
(well I guess technically it’s four words)
A simple definition states that intention is an anticipated outcome that guides your planned actions. When you state an intention what you are doing is sending out energy in the direction that you want to go in. It’s a guide which helps us choose thoughts, feelings, and actions that will move us in the direction of where we want to go. It’s like leaving for a road trip with the final destination being your intention. What often happens in life is we don’t know where we’re going, we don’t know what the anticipated outcome is and often we haven’t given enough thought to what we want it to be.
Write down where you want to be in 5 years. What kind of relationships do you have; at home, at work, with friends and family. Where do you live? What kind of home do you live in? What car or transit system do you use? Where do you vacation and what do you do while on vacation. Where or what is your work? How much money do you earn? (You get the idea.) Step one to to setting your intention is knowing what your intention is.
Attention is simply a focussing of your energy. There are billions of particles of energy surrounding us at all times. Without attention to the particular it would be easy to get lost in the muddle of all the energy. Once you’ve stated your intention the ability for you to focus your attention will become easier.
Ask yourself: “What focussed thoughts, feeling and actions will move me in the direction of my intention?”
The last piece is about choosing a path of least resistance. Life is not supposed to be, nor does it need to be as hard as we make it. Once you’ve stated your intention and you’ve made a commitment to focus your attention the next piece is to let go. Life is about flow and when you’re in the flow – you’ll know! When you are forcing something there will always be tension – this makes it too hard. You want to detach yourself from “how” you will arrive at your intention and just know that by having your intention and giving it your attention through focussed energy you will achieve what you intended to.
State your intention (what outcome do you want), focus your attention (thoughts, feelings and actions) and chose the path of no tension (let go and let it flow).