What exactly is an Intention Statement?
It's just what it sounds like – a clearly written expression of your intention. When you write something down it forces you to really think about, and then articulate EXACTLY what you want to manifest. It also helps you to explore what you really mean when you state your intention.
An Intention Statement will also help you to understand yourself on a deeper level, reinforce accountability, and affirm your belief in your own potential.
Good Intention Statements are usually brief, extremely clear, and inspiring. They describe a new way of being.
Here are some helpful tips for writing Intention Statements:
1. State Only What You Want
An Intention Statement should never focus on what you don't want. A simple example of this is a statement like, "I attract partners who treat me well," as opposed to "I avoid partners who are bad for me." In the realm of finance, it's the difference between "I no longer worry about money," and "I am financially abundant."
2. Write In Present Tense - As If It's Happening Right Now
The idea here is that if you speak and act as if it's already happening right now, you align yourself with that vibration (Law of Attraction), and you can't help but manifest it. Use words like "am" and "feel." Using a future tense makes your intention live in the future, which will never be now. Statements like "I am healthy" and "I feel joy" are rooted in the now.
3. Focus on the Feeling
Getting to the feeling of your Intention is SUPER IMPORTANT! What it usually does is help you take a simply stated intention like "I have a great job," which covers just a small piece of what you want and cultivates out the real desire – the feeling you'll have when you have a great job. "I have a great job," becomes "I am fulfilled, stimulated, and successful."
4. Check for words like "Try" and "Could"
Words like "try," "might," and "could" are hedging words that can inject a hesitancy or uncertainty into your statement. If you compare "I try to be present with my partner," with "I am present with my partner," you can really understand the difference. Don't focus on striving towards something, but rather focus on BEING the thing you want to be.
5. Make It Believable
If you have no way of believing your Intention Statement – if the leap is so far from where you are and every time to say it you have to keep yourself from rolling your eyes – it's not a good intention for you (YET). If it feels like a fantasy, ask yourself how can you modify it to something you can get behind 100%. Use words like "I'm willing" or "I'm open" to inch yourself closer to the big intention you will set once you're sure you can accomplish the smaller one. "I am married to my absolute soulmate" becomes "I am open to meeting my soulmate."
6. Gratitude SUPER CHARGES Intention (and LIFE)
When writing your Intention Statement using gratitude to start it matches you with the feeling right off the bat. It's like being halfway there when you start – the rest is easy. For example, if I wanted to set the intention that "I am surrounded by people who really care about me," I can amplify my statement with "I am so grateful for my two best friends, and I am surrounded by others who love me."