"Inspiration does not beget action. Action begets inspiration." - Chinese Proverb
This proverb succinctly sums up power of intention. Nothing happens, nothing changes without intended action.
An intention can best be described as an aim guiding an action. What you intend, what you truly focus your energy on, will in some form be realized. The thought alone will not make intention come true--rather, outcome will be influenced by your desire combined with action steps, small or large. Clear, achievable intentions lead to transformation.
When you are clear on your intentions, your expectations become realistic and achievable. That leads to less disappointment and more happiness. How many times have you found yourself wishing you'd done things differently? That party you planned just didn't come off exactly as you'd hoped. Your presentation did not have desired effect. Your holiday was fun but it was not all you had hoped it would be.
If you want things to turn out in your favor start becoming more intentional. Here are three ways to support you to take intended action.
1. Know What You Want
As Steven Covey says "start with end in mind." Whenever you are about to embark on new adventure ask yourself what you want it to look like. Get a clear picture in your mind. If you are thinking about booking your next holiday visualize what you truly desire...the location, weather, experience, connections with people and how you will spend your time. Ask yourself, "What is my overall intention for this vacation."