The Power of Intention to Create a Business and Life You Love

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GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
The Power of Intention to Create a Business and Life You Love
Talking is great. Sharing what you want to accomplish, how you feel, and what you desire is powerful. Words carry energy, actual vibrations that affect you and those around you. But if you don’t pair your words with action, they’re meaningless.

Action is awesome. It moves you forward, shows you mean what you say and you’re a person of integrity who follows through. It shows the Universe that you’re willing to meet it half way and co-create something amazing. Action is important. Incredibly important. But action without intention? This is where we usually go wrong.

Intention is everything. It’s not enough to take blind action or speak words that sound nice and fluffy. Whether working towards a goal, trying to build a fulfilling relationship, or doing anything else worthwhile in this life, many of us fail to act with intention. And when intention is missing, things often go awry.

Before you do or say anything, ask yourself to be honest… “What is my intention in this moment?”

Is your intention to mislead someone or embody the words you speak?
Is your intention to be conscious of the environment or to simply appear green?
Is your intention to be a force in the world or to just look the part?
Is your intention to build a business or just talk about it for years?
Is your intention to fall in love or is it to have fun?

Clarifying your intentions is key to understanding how exactly you need to be, act, speak and show up in order to create what you desire in your life.

When you’re clear on your intention, you take inspired action that’s in alignment with your words and truth. You say what’s on your mind and you’re aware of how it’s landing, as well as the effect those words have on the recipient. You manifest what you desire because you’re clearly putting out words and actions that are in alignment with the things you want to attract into your life.

If you’re not becoming who you desire to be, getting what you desire to get, or creating the relationships you desire to have, check in with yourself. There’s a very good chance your intentions are out of alignment with your actions.

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How to align your intentions with your actions:

I encourage you to take out a sheet of paper and work through the following questions and subquestions in your journal or a notebook.

1) What is my intention in this moment?

How do I want to feel? What do I really want to create as a result of saying this thing, doing this task, or taking this action? What is the outcome I want to see?

2) Are my words and actions really in alignment?

I mean, really really in alignment? Am I just saying things to say them so I sound in alignment, or am I actually following through on what it would take to actually be in alignment? Am I doing things from a space of alignment, or am I just plowing forward without really thinking about what I’m doing?

3) How can I better align my words and actions?

Knowing my intention in this moment, how do I need to shift my actions? What do I need to be saying and how do I need to be following through? What would inspired action look like in this situation? What would it feel like? How would others respond? If I fully embodied my intention, what would that experience feel like to me?

Take action now!
After working through the questions above, I want to know one thing you’re going to do right now to better align your actions and intentions.

Stephenie Zamora is the founder of www.stepheniezamora.com, a full-service, life-purpose development, design and branding boutique. Through her Mastery program, she merges the worlds of personal development and branding to help men and women build passion-based lives and businesses they love. Click here to access her free Foundations for Unshakable Joy™ video training series and learn the unexpected trick to transforming your life with one single question!

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Even for morning people, let alone night owls, it’s difficult to start the day right. Many spend the mornings getting the kids off to school, rushing out the door and then battling traffic. Unfortunately, the stress you acquire before you even get to work spills over into the day.

Luckily there are some interventions you can apply to your routine to minimize that frustration. For example, plan the night before, says Inc. contributor Kevin Daum. “Taking 20 minutes to lay out everything can save you a 30-minute fashion crisis or search for the car keys,” he writes. Then when you wake up the next day, try 15 minutes of meditation. True meditation stimulates the brain and purges negative energy. Read more.

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Every once and a while, it’s important to turn your attention away from revenue and expense numbers and instead focus it on people. This includes your colleagues, your customers, your investors, etc. One of the best ways to do that is to flaunt your personality. Connecting with others is easy when they know the real you, not your 9 to 5 alter ego. Read more.

Don’t Ruin Your Own Speech

Take a lesson from the recent speakers you’ve seen, and when it’s your turn to give a speech, don’t make their mistakes. For example, if someone asks you a question without a mic, don’t answer the it right away. First, repeat their question, then answer. It allows everyone in the audience to hear it, plus it buys you a few more seconds to come up with your response. Read more.

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Most people start January with a few resolutions they hope to accomplish by the end of the year. The problem with that approach is it gives people too much time to procrastinate. So instead of aiming to accomplish your goals in 12 months, shoot for 12 weeks. “Twelve weeks is long enough to make significant progress, but near enough that you don’t lose sight of the deadline,” Brian Moran, author of “The 12 Week Year,” says. Read more.

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Thank your employees often. They should always know how much you appreciate them. However, if in fact you are not genuinely happy with their work, maybe it’s time to let them go. You shouldn’t keep someone who doesn’t contribute to the company, and maybe they’d be happier working for someone who does appreciate them. Read more.

S. O. S.
Help, I need somebody
Help, not just anybody
Help, you know I need someone, help
But now these days are gone, I’m not so self assured
Now I find I’ve changed my mind and opened up the doors
Help me if you can, I’m feeling down
And I do appreciate you being ’round
Help me get my feet back on the ground
Won’t you please, please help me
– From Help by the Beatles

Mayday – Mayday – Mayday! This is Ketchup 2 Mayday – Mayday – Mayday!

It was my last day of summer sailing several years ago, and while I did not hear the initial distress call on my marine radio, I heard the high seas drama being playing out as the coast guard quickly mounted a search and rescue operation. The Ketchup 2 was a large sailing vessel that had been anchored next to me in the harborr earlier that week, just before she set sail for the open waters of the North Atlantic. Now, a few days out of port she was in distress, foundered on a treacherous reef with her crew abandoning ship. They could not help themselves, there was nothing they could do but “jump ship” and try to save themselves.

There is nothing as terrifying as being helpless and at the mercy of the sea or circumstances beyond one’s control. I’ve seen encountered such helplessness among prisoners who are locked up while their families are facing desperate circumstances outside and there is absolutely nothing they can do to help their children. Helpless and hopeless! And when no one comes to their aid, all that they can do is try to save themselves – or not.

Every person needs to know that someone is listening, that someone will respond when they are helpless. Every sailor needs to know how to make a distress call or signal – how to call for help in a dire emergency especially when the radio doesn’t work. In Ketchup’s case they were still in radio range and even though the call was distorted and unclear, the coast guard responded immediately and located the stricken vessel and her crew – disaster was averted, the sailors were rescued.

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! is the universally recognized radio distress call that has replaced SOS, the historic distress signal based on the Morse code. The three dots and three dashes followed by three dots represent the letters SOS. Although it is unclear why SOS became recognized as the international distress signal, it is generally thought that the simplicity of three dots followed by three dashes and three dots was easy for even the least educated of seamen to remember. Others have suggested that SOS was simply an acronym based on a typical seaman’s cry for help – Save Our Ship! Save Our Souls!

Although I have often sailed on the edge of danger and have felt frightened and almost helpless in the midst of storms I have not faced a catastrophic situation where my survival was at risk. I hope that will never happen, but if it ever comes to that and I have to call in a “Mayday” I take some hope that help may reach me because the coast guard are always listening and ready to respond. I may be helpless but I know whom to call and help may reach me just in time.

Some time ago I overheard a conversation between a very “avant-garde” musician and an obviously distressed woman seated between us in an airport. “It’s bad for you now” he was saying to the woman, “but something good will come. Life is all about yin and yang, it all balances out, you just need to wait awhile – maybe you should buy a lottery ticket when you get home. You’re in a bad way right now, so the good will come to balance out the bad,”– he continued jabbering to the woman who was on her way back home after losing her health and her money in a foreign country. “You got it” he said looking straight at me, “that’s all there is — yin and yang – and anyone who believes in religion or God is definitely [screwed]!”

Although I tried to disagree with the young musician, there was no conversing with him; he was on a rant. So I simply said a quiet prayer for him and began wondering what it would be like drifting at the mercy of the sea, helpless and in deep distress, if there was no coast guard to receive my call for help. Shipwrecked and desperate on a rocky shoal – what yin and yang would come to my aid? What random “good” would come my way to save me from destruction? If good and bad go round and round and if these balance out, would my wrecked and capsized boat float back up on its own, or my life become un-drowned from the deep?

There is something every human being needs to learn but often doesn’t think about – that life is more than mindless yin and yang and that there is a God who hears our desperate cry for help and comes to our aid and comfort. In times of helplessness, of terror, and of deepest anguish “yin and yang” don’t hear our “Mayday” our SOS for help. Yin and yang are both as mindless as a rocky shoal and as heartless as the raging sea. Yin and yang can’t hear or rush in to aid hapless, helpless, hurting people.

I take daily comfort that when the dying criminal on the cross next to Jesus called out in “Mayday” desperation – “Lord remember me,” heaven heard and opened to receive him. When people are in trouble — whether in the raging storms of illness, loss, or grief – and whether it is due to their own faulty navigation, or the foundering of everything they counted on – when they call out in “Mayday” desperation, God hears and He responds.

I love you, Lord!
You answered my prayers.
You paid attention to me,
and so I will pray to you
as long as I live.
Death attacked from all sides,
and I was captured
by its painful chains.
But when I was really hurting,
I prayed and said, “Lord,
please don’t let me die!”
You are kind, Lord,
so good and merciful.
You protect ordinary people,
and when I was helpless,
you saved me. . .
– Psalms 3:1-6 The Message

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