Secret-2-Clear-Intention1Crys­tal clear intent is the sec­ond secret to being pros­per­ous in a chaot­ic world. Your pros­per­i­ty inten­tion is a high­er aspi­ra­tion or val­ue that guides your actions. Just like a light­house guides a ship, a clear inten­tion state­ment guides you on your jour­ney to pros­per­i­ty. When you are inten­tion­al in your mon­ey life you are delib­er­ate, thought­ful and pur­pose­ful.

Inten­tion gives you the abil­i­ty to focus in the chaos. By focus­ing, you can attend to what is impor­tant, use­ful and inspir­ing to you. The sim­ple act of inten­tion­al focus clears away all the chat­ter that dis­tracts you from your path.

Inten­tion is as per­son­al as your fin­ger print. It all begins inside of you.

What is your pros­per­i­ty inten­tion? It isn’t an easy ques­tion to answer. In my book, The Inter­sec­tion of Joy and Mon­ey, I out­line sev­er­al paths to dis­cov­er­ing your inten­tion. One of the most enjoy­able ways to dis­cov­er your inten­tion is a sim­ple exer­cise that begins by writ­ing down all the mate­r­i­al things you want. Any­thing and every­thing goes on this list, whether is it a new house, a trip to Europe or a week­ly mas­sage, write it down. After you have your list, go through each item on the list and ask, what does this pro­vide? Keep ask­ing, what does this pro­vide, until you get down to the essence of what each goal means to you. What does a new house pro­vide? Depend­ing on your per­son­al per­spec­tive it could be any­thing, such as, secu­ri­ty, peace or joy and beau­ty. Don’t judge your answers; just be present to what shows up and what is true for you. You will know when you have dis­cov­ered your inten­tion, because it will put a smile on your face. It will be a smile that comes from inside of you, just like the invol­un­tary one that aris­es when you see a young child or a pup­py.

Here is a sim­ple exam­ple. Your top 5 goals are:

  • a new kitchen
  • a trip to Europe
  • a col­lege edu­ca­tion for your chil­dren
  • a veg­etable gar­den
  • finan­cial inde­pen­dence at age 67

You looked at each one and asked the ques­tion, what does this pro­vide? You found the essence or inten­tion of each goal, to live a life of joy and beau­ty.

Your inten­tion, to live a life of joy and beau­ty, is your focal point. As oppor­tu­ni­ties arise, as choic­es come up, look inside and ask, does this choice sup­port me in liv­ing a life of joy and beau­ty? If yes, then it is the right choice for you. If no, then think long and hard about why you are say­ing yes.

Like any new tool, using your inten­tion to make choic­es will feel a bit clunky at first. That is ok. With prac­tice, it will become com­fort­able to look at each deci­sion to deter­mine if it aligns with your intent. As you choose from inten­tion, you no longer need to think of deci­sions as right or wrong. They are just aligned with you or not. Let­ting go of the need for judge­ment is a pow­er­ful way to cre­ate your life with choice.

Notice how your life shifts as you prac­tice inten­tion­al liv­ing. Less chaos. More alive­ness.

In joy, Mack­ey

 

To dis­cov­er all four secrets read Mackey’s blog series, Pros­per­ing in a Chaot­ic World.