One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” ~Tony Robbins
Today, promise to live more from intention and less from habit. Get clear on your key intentions for this one, precious life. Let go of half-hearted statements and declare your wishes to the universe. Be direct. Use I am statements such as: I AM CONFIDENT. I AM COURAGEOUS. I AM STRONG.
How do you know what you want? Well, that’s why we get on the mat and study ourselves. Ask questions such as:
- If I really believed in myself I would…
- If I knew the world could support me in the life I desire I would…
- If I was really willing to stand behind my meta commitments I would…
- I am ready for…
Take to heart what Elizabeth Gilbert writes in Eat, Pray, Love: “If I want transformation, but can’t even be bothered to articulate what, exactly, I’m aiming for, how will it ever occur? Half the benefit of prayer is in the asking itself, in the offering of a clearly posed and well-considered intention. If you don’t have this, all your pleas and desires are boneless, floppy, inert; they swirl at your feet in a cold fog and never lift.”
Life without intention is like a leaf blown about in the wind. It is life in reaction mode, which can easily become habitual, where we check out. Be deliberate in your self-study and remain consistent. The work of intention needs to be like the practice of yoga, which is defined in the yoga sutras as something that is practiced over a long time and practiced in earnest. Behind the practice of yoga is the power of intention.
In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” ~Tony Robbins
The more you practice declaring what you want, the easier it is for the universe to work on your behalf. After all, we are all constituents in this beautiful life, and if we put ourselves out there, the universe listens.
So take a moment, repeat your intention, put it out there, make your case and stay focused. Don’t delay, because we can’t redo today. As Robert Braul puts it, “Life is short, God’s way of encouraging a bit of focus.”
Love yourself, love your day, love your life!
[Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Daily Cup of Yoga contributor Silvia Mordini, E-RYT, retreat leader, happiness coach, and yogipreneur. Enthusiasm to love your life is contagious around Silvia. Her expert passion connects people to their own joyful potential. Silvia lives her happiness in such a big way that you can’t help but leave her classes, workshops, trainings and retreats spiritually uplifted! Born in Ecuador, raised traveling around the globe, she is an enthusiastic citizen of the world and spiritual adventurer. She has over 10,000 hours and 15 years of teaching experience, owned a yoga studio for 9 years and after being run over by a car used yoga to recover physically and emotionally. Silvia leads Alchemy Tours Yoga Retreats and Alchemy of Yoga RYT200 Yoga Teacher Training.
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