Updated: Mar 2, 2020
Intention is defined as an aim or a plan, whether you carry it out or not. It is derived from the Latin word intentionem which means to turn one's attention and to stretch out. Interestingly, in the medical community, it means the process by which a wound heals. Why am I going all Webster on you? Because I want to reintroduce the word and the action to you. I want to introduce a new phrase that will hopefully help you in your decision-making processes regardless of what you are trying to decide. That new phrase is intention choice.
When we are small children, we quickly learn the word accident, as in, "I didn't mean to hit my brother. It was an accident." In other words, "I did not have any intention of hurting anyone." How in the crazy mind of Tammy does this relate to being the change we wish to see in the world or lift each other up?
As we go along on our journey, we have the choice every single second of every single day to live a life of intention. The minute our head comes off the pillow in the morning we make a decision to either get up and intend our day or just coast and see what happens. We make intention choices all day, every day. Every statement, every response, every reaction is an intention choice.
Where you focus your mind is an intention choice. What is your aim? What is your plan?
I am going to throw this at you. What if you considered your intention choices as muscles?
Every muscle needs to flex to become stronger. What if you flex your intention choice muscle the very next opportunity you get? What if you ask yourself what your intentions are all the time? If you are making a conscious choice to be the change you wish to see in the world, the first place you must look is in the mirror. I don't know a lot about a lot, but I do know, you can't go around trying to change the world by remaining exactly the same yourself.
I write about changes I want to see in the world on my blog. I talk about them publicly on my podcast. Those conversations and this writing make me flex my intention choices every day, and they get stronger all the time. As I write this I am flexing my intention choice muscle by asking myself, 'What is my intended outcome of this blog What do I want the take away to be?' The bottom line, my friends, is that it is my intention to put more good into the world and lift others up, up, up! That is the intention behind starting a website, a blog and a podcast. I intend to be the change I hope to see in the world and in turn I hope and intend to leave the world a little better than I found it.
My intentions motivate my choices and my actions. My actions and choices are guided by my intentions. My intention creates my focus. My focus is inspired by my intentions. If I hold onto my intentions, hard and fast, my creativity, my life and all of my contributions will be a direct result of my intent.