The power of intention is a concept your school never taught you. Understanding this concept is a simple adjustment that will help you tap into your inner operating system and improve your life significantly.
Listen up close: it’s very subtle, but extremely powerful.
From my experience of tapping into my intentions, I have come to realize that many of the different techniques taught in personal growth, confidence training, and other methods of developing oneself center around one fundamental principle. Many different theories teach us to work on our body language, push ourselves, stop procrastinating, and exercise everyday.
… You know the list well of things you should do.
Few of these theories focus on the real power behind our actions: that is, our intentions.
What is intention?
Intentions are performing an action with a particular purpose or objective in mind.
The number of times I have heard just “live in the moment” or “I don’t think about the future because I can’t control it” is shocking. Believing that we can have no impact on our future or even that the future never comes is akin to self-imprisonment. What comes ahead is a consequence of the individual decisions we make, today. That said, without any planning or focus on execution, you will never know if you are headed in the right direction.
History suggests that people who think in a certain way have a much greater chance of being successful than those who think in unhealthy and destructive ways. This is the fuel behind most of the entire self-help/personal growth industry and is also supported by a great deal of research that pins Emotional IQ as a better predictor of success than IQ on its own. Strangely enough, if anyone wants to be successful they literally just have to read a few of the great books available on the topic and take action. The knowledge is there for us, but only if we want it. Many people say they want it, but this idea doesn’t make it down to their core. This is where the power of intention comes in.
How can you BE successful?
If being successful only involved doing then I think it would be so easy to be successful. Doing is not the solution. It is possible to spend a whole lot of time doing something but achieving nothing. What is more important is the question: “what are you feeding?” Are you feeding a stable reliable confident self-image through your actions or are you feeding a destructive externally supported dependent person.
It doesn’t matter as much what you do as how you do it. If you can learn to tie to your emotions and self-value to the process, when you do things the right way you naturally feel good about yourself.
Take a second:
Imagine you turn on your radio and most of what you hear is fuzzy white noise, but occasionally you hear flickers of your favorite radio station. So you are a little clumsy and fumble with the dial but keep missing the clear signal.
You begin to get frustrated. You may even think that your radio sucks or become jealous of all the people who get to listen to it with clearer sound.
You begin to slip into a victim mindset.
But you don’t give up, and over time, you learn to turn the knob ever so slightly, and use your trained ear to recognize when you are getting close. Eventually you can hit the signal you want most times and you develop your fine tuning abilities to achieve the result you wanted.
I would compare our thinking stream to the radio signal that comes into your car. In the case of the radio frequency we know where it is coming from. But in the case of our thoughts, they just arise into our consciousness.
So how do we begin to dial in our thoughts?
By meditating frequently we can become familiar with the incoming frequency before the thoughts arise into consciousness. It is possible to sense that there is a place that these thoughts are coming from: I would describe this as a feeling more than anything else. This feeling, i.e. the incoming frequency, only brings white noise to us at first.
Unfortunately, most of us don’t even recognize this quality of our minds and that simply is because we are inexperienced and ‘fumbling around with the dial’. Our mind sends us all kinds of distortion that we believe to be reality, when in essence it is just the result of our underlying beliefs painting what we see. Most of us aren’t aware of this process occurring.
But there’s good news: we can get in touch with it and develop our internal senses. As you tap into recognizing how the internal frequency is getting distorted, you can learn to make the adjustments necessary to hear a clear signal that runs straight from within you and displays to the outside world. Over time, you learn the territory and see what types of thoughts and situations throw you off and learn to navigate with nautical precision.
When we act and develop our ability to act through our internal frequency, we start reaching states of fluidity and flow. Things fall into place, and we are effortlessly in tune with our internal and external world. When I am fully connected to my core I feel connected to ALL beings. To further define acting through your internal frequency is to be in a state where nothing you do is for any reason other than being what is most natural and beautiful within you. You know where you begin and another person ends and you stop doing things to please other people. Your body language is naturally confident, your voice is appropriate, and your confidence is through the roof all because you are doing what you are supposed or made to do.
Fortunately, as you begin to decipher what it is that is most fundamental within you, you will naturally begin to see when others are screwing with you. Others will screw with you both intentionally and unintentionally.
One problem in our society is that intentions are hidden. This may occur because intentions are unknown or because those intentions are truly selfish. The mere existence of Tobacco companies is a prime example of how some people have malicious intentions. Their goal is to get you to smoke, and get you to smoke a lot while playing within the rules. If the people running those organizations cared about your health, the organizations wouldn’t exist. Even though that seems obvious, it can be easy to determine what organizations are out for your best interests by the products that they produce and how they produce them. Do you see what I am getting at? At a fundamental level, there is no possible intention upon which a Tobacco company can be built that is in the best interests of the people who will use their products.
Remember that every dollar you spend is sending a message. Everything you say is sending a message. Everything you do and think is sending a message. If you pay attention, you will recognize that everything you say and do is a form of communication with the world around you and with yourself. Each word and each action is your true form of currency.
If you act out of sync with your internal frequency, it will lead to poor confidence, anger and all kinds of mental and physical chaos.
If you act in line with it, all the good results described as how to act confident and how to become smarter will come to you naturally. You will intuitively know what needs to be done and whether it is in line with what your ultimate goal is. You can lie to other people, you can lie to yourself… but you can’t lie to what is within you.
If you cut corners, you’re cutting down your own success.
Go out there and explore, and have fun doing it!
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
This is all easy to hear, but your true reward lies within your practical application.
… So how do you decipher your internal frequency?
Here are 5 ways that will lead you back down your golden road to natural existence:
- Notice where your impulses come from: Follow them back to their source.
- Remember what you need: Food, Water, Shelter.
- Love yourself.
- Spend some time on your own in silence.
- Ask for help.
Ask yourself these types of questions: What was I hoping to achieve by doing that? Was that because I wanted to do that or because I was expected to? Do I feel connected to what I am doing? Do I feel connected to the people around me? If not, why not? Once you drop the act completely, this gets a lot easier… the sooner you learn, the easier this will be for you. Did your act become reality at some point in your life? Are you being you?
Everything else in your life is a luxury. Start releasing your attachments to these things. If you had to leave to go to a new city and never be able to turn back, what would you take with you? You only get a backpack. Stop carrying all your heavy baggage around with you… it feels good to put it down. Most of what you need is just in your head, it is not based in reality. Sure you can enjoy these things. But, if you are overindulging you could use some perspective.
Perhaps the greatest gift you can give yourself is your own friendship. Recognizing that nothing outside yourself is better than what is already within you. There is far too much fear that is spread around, and hardly enough love. Learn to make decisions from a place of love rather than avoiding fear. Avoiding fear is playing to lose.
Soon you will notice how crazy your mind is. All you need to learn is some objectivity and be the calm in your storm of thoughts. It is from this place your natural frequency can best be deciphered. If you are one of those people who can’t be alone, then you need this the most. “You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you are too busy, then you should sit for an hour.”
This is a very tricky topic and mastering yourself takes time and dedication. If there are things you don’t understand, please ask. If I do not know the answer, I will find it for you or do my best to point you in the right direction. Reaching out is one of the best ways to be proactive about your life.
Keep your ears out for Part 2 of this article that dives deeper into the concept of Stability. I’ll explore how to remain level-headed despite the traps your mind will set for you (and there will be many.)