If you don’t like how your day typically goes, then I highly recommend beginning it with an intention.
Starting your day with a written intention is one of the most powerful ways to give your day meaning and purpose. It is a guiding principle that steers you through the day ahead. It is not what you’re going to do but how you’re going to do it. It’s a goal of who you want to be as you respond to the demands of your day.
If this concept appeals to you, then I invite you all to join me in starting each workday with a Weekday Intention that I will send you. There are no strings attached. Each intention is free for the taking. The intention will be sent automatically to you Monday through Friday at 7 AM Denver time here in the United States. To begin receiving your Weekday Intentions, simply go to blog.rjhandley.com and click to follow me or enter your email address in the form on my blog site.
I am confident that you will quickly experience the benefits that I have in your own life by living each Weekday Intention. Life is tough. I don’t hear many of my friends or my life coaching clients saying, “Life is too easy” or “I need more suffering in my life right now.” But I do think that we can live life more consciously and fully than many of us are currently living it. The truth is that we can drift in the sea of today blown about by the wind, or we can consciously steer our ship with intention.
Intention is one of the most powerful creative forces we have available to us. It drives our aspirations. And the power of intentions is supported by the current psychological theory called Behavioral Activation. It states that the quickest way to change any self-defeating behavior is not to think differently but to act differently.
And intentions are all about action. Without action, the intention exists only as potential. So we need to engage in the tasks ahead of us while using an intention to guide us. The intention is not the person or task we are focusing our attention on but how we are focusing that attention.
Unlike affirmations that define who you are, intentions state how you want to live your life today. Affirmations usually begin with the words, “I am…” whereas intentions usually begin with “Today, I will…” A typical affirmation would be “I am a positive person.” An intention would be “Today, I will praise others for their progress and forget their failings.”
My Weekday Intentions grew out of my need to maintain my sobriety from alcohol and drugs. But they can be used by anyone. In my spiritual life coaching practice, they have become a source of inspiration for clients who are contending with issues like depression, anxiety, trauma, negative habits, relationships, grieving and loss.
These intentions have helped keep me attuned and connected to God’s power, love, and way of life. I created them based on my studies of authors such as Michael Singer, Thich Nhat Hanh, Eckhart Tolle, Ram Dass, Deepak Chopra, Adyashanti, Bill W. and others who are recognized masters of spiritual psychology.
Starting your day with the Weekday Intention is a great way to boot up with the spiritual software that will get you into alignment with your Higher Power. You will then find that your Higher Power responds to the intention by working within your environment and circumstances to support your intention.
Here is the first Weekday Intention: Today, I will see the Divine in all people and feel it in myself.
*Note: I’m publishing this blog with the above intention at 12 noon—the usual time I publish my blog. But I will be sending out all subsequent Weekday Intentions at 7 AM Denver time while still publishing my After the 12 Steps blog at noon on Fridays.
Here’s how to activate the inherent power of each intention:
- Before beginning the workday, find a quiet place to sit, free from distractions.
- Let go of “doing” and focus on “being.”
- Ask your Higher Power for the power to live your intention as fully as you can, knowing that each intention is something that you can do today that will improve who you are and bring about the best outcomes for all those you come in contact with today.
- Place your hand on your heart and connect with yourself.
- Say the intention to yourself until you can feel its power within you.
- Ask your Higher Power to help keep you aware of and committed to each intention throughout the day.
- Begin your workday.
Whenever you feel yourself tightening or stressing during the day, pause and take some breaths and then state your intention to yourself. This will re-align you with your Highest Self and with your Higher Power.
Checking in with yourself before bed can really be a powerful way to close out the day. This can be done in two simple steps: First, cast your mind over the day and find the events that you are grateful for. And second, honestly look at how well you did in honoring your intention by finding specific examples in your day.
On Monday, I will post another Weekday Intention here on WordPress. Again, if you would like these automatically sent to your email, go to blog.rjhandley.com and click to follow me or enter your email address.
We change the world one person at a time beginning with ourselves. Thanks for joining me. Please drop a few lines in the comment section of this post to share the experience you had with this first intention.
Spiritual Life Coach