November with Gratitude: Intention

Intentional living is hard work.  So is intending to achieve something, anything.  Ask anyone who has accomplished feats great and small and you’ll hear about how intentional they were before reaching the goal.

Dr Wayne Dyer speaks about the four levels of intent.  Here’s my take on his version.

  1. Level One:  Day-dreaming.  Wishing something would happen to change circumstances.
  2. Level Two:  Wanting:  We’ve thought more about the issue and moved beyond the day dream but feel like this could be something we would benefit from, something we may actually be interested in doing, owning, contributing to.  Prayer comes in here, for those of us who believe there is more to us than us.  Jesus said to ask and we will receive.  The trick is to be careful what we ask.
  3. Level Three:  Intent:  We’ve formulated a plan, things are starting to fall into place, we are gathering resources, we have increased energy around our new desire and we start to see the goal post moving closer.
  4. Level Four:  Passion:  Intent without passion is simply wishful wanting.  Passion moves the intent beyond the impossible and into the realms of possibility.

I am grateful that my level of passion – or enthusiasm for the less profound works – drives any intention I may have.  How often do we find ourselves carried along by other peoples’ good intentions despite knowing they aren’t for us.  Good intentions need to spark something inside us otherwise all they are is wishful wanting.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer.

Always remember, you have within you the strength,

the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars, to change the world.

-Harriet Tubman

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