Life can feel like a challenging puzzle at times, but setting intentions can help you find your way through the maze to your amazing dream life
Wouldn’t you like to create an empowering relationship with your intentions and work with them to realize your dreams? You can do this if you shift your perspective and understand that the way to your dreams is to know what you really want in life and work your way back from where you are.
My granddaughter, Allie, showed me a wonderfully simple way to look at this. One evening, as I was enjoying dinner at a restaurant with her, our host gave her a small placemat menu with a maze on it. Allie smiled and said, “I want to show you something.”
She then set her finger at the end of the maze, tracing her way backward to the beginning. Having done this, she took her pencil, and easily found her way to the end of the maze. She said, “When you start at the end first, then you know where you want to end up, and it’s easier to find your way.”
Here she had just demonstrated one of the most profound and important principles of success and I replied, “You know what, Allie, that’s just how it is in life. If you know where you want to end up, it’s a whole lot easier to find your way.”
Are you feeling lost in a maze and unsure of how to achieve your goals?
Here is where we can work backwards and pinpoint a goal by first asking yourself what is it in life you desire or what do you want to achieve? Take a look and think about the life you truly want to live – the life that would bring you joy every day, and make you thrilled to wake up every morning because you’ll spend that day doing what you love.
But what if you don’t know what you’d love for your life?
If you’re not sure what kind of life you’d really love, you’re far from alone. Many people do not feel they have clarity when it comes to a reason, a purpose or a vision on why we do what we do. We just have been taught to ignore our dreams for so long that those dreams have become quiet, their guiding voices faded to a soft whisper.
But those dreams are still there. They always will be, and now is the time to reactivate them and let them know they are alive and kicking!
To help you discover them and learn how to set your intentions so they work for you…
Here are 4 questions you can use to set intentions and find the ideal end of your maze
What do I love doing that I’d gladly do for free?
This could be something you’re currently doing as a hobby, a part of your work that you wish you could spend more time on, or something you dreamed of doing as a child, and still long to do.
For some people, it may feel odd or unrealistic to imagine spending all day on something you currently do only in your free time. But it is likely that as a child, you were taught that it was neglectful or bad to spend too much time on the things you love, and that you were only being productive when you were doing chores you didn’t enjoy.
It’s important for you to know that the things you love and are passionate about are not random. They are the voice of your highest self, calling you toward your true purpose. You have permission to set an intention and follow this call!
What would I love to experience everyday?
Is there a conversation or interaction that you wish you could have more often with some of the important people in your life? Would you like to change a relationship that is not serving you or the other person?
Is there an activity you’d like to do, such as traveling to a new country, or maybe it’s learning a new skill like skiing, or perhaps it’s something that you haven’t had much time or opportunity to do lately?
Maybe you have a desire for a change in your environment, such as moving to your favorite city or living in your dream home?
What do you want your life to look like? Take a moment to think about the things you’ve been longing to do or experience that would bring you aliveness.
What would I love to create?
What is one group, cause or person that you would like to leave better or happier than they were before they met you?
Is there a transformation in people’s lives or the world, a work of art, a feeling, a resource of knowledge, or a product or invention that you want to give the world during your precious time on Earth?
What are the problems I routinely notice in my life, and what would I love instead?
I’m not encouraging you to focus and dwell on the negative, but simply to notice it, and then shift your focus to what you want instead, towards setting intentions that give life rather than weigh you down.
For example, if you’re working too many hours, focus on how many hours you want to work each day. Or if your body feels heavy, sick and tired, focus on how you want your body to look and feel.
The feelings of discontent and restlessness in our lives shouldn’t be the center of our attention, because you attract more of what you focus on. But they are signals that tell you where your life is misaligned with your dream, and where you have room to move further into the life you were born to live.
Congratulations! You’ve found the end of your maze. Now, how do you get there?
Okay, so you’ve figured out what your dream life looks like, or at least you are starting to get an idea of what you want to experience, so your first step is to find the first step.
Look at your dream, no matter how big or impossible it seems, and ask yourself: “If this dream is possible – and it is – what would be the first step I’d take toward it?”
If you want to move into your dream home, start looking for houses that match the description of what you want. If you don’t know what kind of house you want, your first step is to write down a detailed description of what you desire in your new home. How many bedrooms would you love to have?
If you want to travel, your first step is to find the destinations you want to travel to. And don’t confine yourself to thinking about just the ones you can afford to travel to – take a step towards the ones you want to travel to.
Once you know precisely what you’re aiming for, you’ll have a clearer idea of what you need in order to get there.
And now, here’s a question for you…
Are you ready to take your first step?
There is something very specific that we are here to be, do or create that will enhance the lives of those around us and bring us the greatest joy and deepest fulfillment in the process.
The first step to living that life is to DECODE what your life’s purpose truly is, and the guided meditation gift I’ve just sent you will help you do this.
The natural next step is for you to create a clear vision for your future that’s aligned with your true calling, so that you have something to actually live INTO – and my brand new program, The Power of Purpose™, will help you do precisely that!