How to Set an Intention for the Day
Daily intentions are a great way to put your cocreative power to practice. They also help you stay in vibrational alignment with the experiences you desire to manifest. Like any other skill you develop, setting intentions and manifesting what you want improves with practice.
The more you engage in setting intentions and experiencing the effects of your conscious and deliberate intent, the more you can learn from and refine your process to manifest like a pro. Plus, it’s really fun to experience your cocreative power at work in your everyday life context.
Why Positive Emotions Help Your Intention
For daily intentions to be effective, you’ll need to combine the thought (description of the desired outcome) with positive emotion in your final intention statement or phrase. Positive emotions like love, joy, gratitude, and appreciation are what make your intention magnetic. When you combine thought and emotion, you engage both your mind and body in the process of setting and experiencing the intention.
Keep a list of positive emotions that you want to experience as a result of manifesting your intention and infuse them into your intention statements.
The Four Categories of Intention Statements
How you phrase your intention statements also contributes to the level of magnetism you infuse your intention with. The four categories of intention statements, as I explain in episode 022 of The Kidest OM Podcast, are Be (“I am” statements), Give (“I contribute” or “provide” statements), Do (active doing statements), and Have (I “get” statements).
When people want to create something, they usually frame it in one of these four categories:
something they are being or becoming
something they want to contribute or provide
something they want to do or achieve
something they want to get or receive
Each one of these angles of looking at and articulating the desire has a resonance. When you couple “be” and/or “give” statements with positive *emotions* like gratitude or love (e.g., “I *love* being a phenomenal baker”) and use them as your container for your intentions, the level of harmonic coherence you achieve is more orderly than in “have” based statements. I go into a lot more detail on this in episode 022, so for more on this listen to that specific episode anywhere that you can stream podcasts. This episode is also up on my YouTube channel.
How to Set Your Daily Intention
To set your daily intention, think of what you want to accomplish right now in your life. You can start by first writing it out as a list of things you want — what you want to feel, what you want to know, what you want to do, what you want to have. Your daily intention can be a reflection of any specific goals you want to achieve in the immediate future, and it can also reflect things you want to experience in your day-to-day, from emotional balance to physical fitness, to financial success and everything else in between. Once you have your general list, then you can frame and phrase it for maximum magnetic effect.
To that end, here are some basic guidelines for writing harmonic and coherent daily intentions:
Write it in the present tense
Include a positive emotion
Use the more magnetic “I am” or “I give” mental positions
Be specific. Specificity helps you create a clear vibrational broadcast, a clear message on what you’re intending to experience.
Keep it positive, use “move toward” language that focuses on your fulfillment. This will evoke both positive emotion and positive mental imagery.
Keep it about your own experience — intentions that focus on your own experiences and accomplishments are harmonic intentions (you can’t change other people’s behavior).
Keep reading to see some examples of intention statements that are formulated with these points in mind.
You don’t have to write a daily intention every day. You can write a list of 3 to 5 daily intentions that you read and review each day until those intentions manifest. Then you can create new intention statements to replace the ones that have been fulfilled.
Here are some examples of intention statements that include the guidelines listed above:
I now happily and consistently go to sleep at 10pm each night.
I’m filled with delight to now be the chief marketing officer at my company.
I’m so happy and grateful that I am now healthy, fit, toned, and at my ideal weight.
I love that I’m waking up each day remembering my vision and purpose for my life.
Each of these examples reflects specificity, present tense phrasing, "be" mental position, positive emotion, and move-toward language.
If you want more in-depth guidance and tips on setting intentions and the manifestation process, grab a copy of my book Anything You Want. I cover a lot of different areas about the science of deliberate creation. Anything You Want is available on Amazon worldwide.