The situations that you create are largely based upon our intent.
Buddha gives us two of the most profound teachings about this subject;
Regarding desires of the flesh, he taught that, that kind of wanting is the root cause of human suffering.
- Regarding spiritual desire, he taught that it is essential for spiritual advancement.
“By endeavor, diligence, discipline and self-mastery,
let the wise man make of himself an island that no flood can overwhelm”.
Endeavor, diligence and discipline – these are all manifestations of powerful intention.
Desire versus Wanting
Most people either loose their intention to succeed, don't
have the intention to succeed, have the wrong intention attached to their
goal or don't know what they really want. The last 2 are where most
people fall - they may want to achieve certain goals - but don't have
the right intention attached to their goal or don't know what their real
Your intention is what fuels your success - if you don't
have the drive to achieve your goals - you're not going to achieve
it. A goal without a desire is like driving a car without gas. You're
simply not going to get anywhere.
If you want to achieve your goals you need to have the
drive to achieve your goal or you have to have the right intention associated
with that goal.
What's Your Desire?
Let's face it - we all want a lot of things and we all
would like to have a lot of different things in our lives - but wanting
and desiring something are very different. For example: you may want
to make more money - but what do you really desire? If you think that
money will give you more time, more security, more freedom - then what
you really desire is freedom, security, more time and perhaps a comfortable
lifestyle. You want more money - but you really desire something completely
different - something that you think having more money will allow you
Realizing and understanding your core desire is critical
to your success.
If you're setting a goal to make more money but don't
know what you truly want then you may find that you're not making
the progress that you want because there is no real desire. And this
is only because you're not focusing on your intention - you're not using
the power of desire.
After Mike Tyson lost his most recent fight he said:
"I lost my drive, I'm not hungry anymore. I'm wealthy, my kids
have money, I have nothing to fight for." Tyson's drive to fight
was to be wealthy and make sure that his family was financially secure.
Filling his ego with the notion that he was heavyweight champ didn't
matter anymore. Since he had the money – fighting wasn't necessary
to him and there was no drive to fight. He wanted to make some more
money, he wanted to come back and be champ again - but he had no real
Muhammad Ali, on the other hand, had a burning drive
to be heavyweight champion of the world. His intention wasn't money - it
was fame. That's why he always came back - until his body could no longer
fulfill his drive.
Nelson Mandela had a burning drive not just for personal
freedom - but for the freedom of all blacks in South Africa.
Bill Gates had a wish to see a computer in every home
in the world – and we're almost at that point.
Having a desire is what fuels your ability to succeed.
You may want to make a million dollars - but what is it that you truly
desire? Is it a better home? A better life, more time, financial security?
If this is what you want then this is what you need to focus on regularly
- especially when you think about taking steps to make a million dollars
- or what ever amount you want to make.
You first should understand why you truly want to accomplish
a certain goal because this is how you will identify your true intent.
Once you know your true intention you can begin pursuing your goal with confidence
because you'll be utilizing the power of desire - which when combined
with the power of your subconscious mind virtually guarantees your success.
If you focus on your true intention you will be more motivated
and compelled to succeed.
When you are about your intent - you have power and you can
use this power to direct your mind and subconscious mind to help you
achieve your goals.
We've all heard stories where people overcome seemingly
impossible odds to survive. Someone may be trapped for days without
water but finds a way to survive. The reason - their drive to live
forces them to find a way to make it through. Doctors and scientists
all agree that a person who loses the will to live - will
meet his or her end much more quickly than someone who has a will
What ever it is you want to achieve you can instill
the desire within you to make it happen. How? It's really quite simple.
If you want to be in a relationship - then think about why you want
to be in a relationship. Saying that it would be nice isn't good enough.
You have to ask yourself why it would be nice.
If you don't have a desire to accomplish your goal then
you have likely chosen the wrong goal or you don't clearly understand
why you want to achieve that goal. For example: If you want to improve
your health or lose weight just because you feel you need to then you
really don't have the intention to improve your health or lose weight. If
you decide that you want to improve your health so that you live a longer
healthier life - then you have a real intention to improve your health.
Do you see the difference between simply wanting to achieve something
and having a desire to achieve something.
When you know what you want you should think about that regularly, everyday, every moment and constantly look for ways
to achieve the goal that will allow you to fulfill that desire.
If you want to have success - if you want to achieve
your goals, if you want to enjoy happiness and a better life then you
have to understand your true intention - or why you want to achieve your
You can create your intention by simply looking at the goal you want and
understanding how achieving that goal would significantly improve your
life and the lives of those around you. If you're not clear on your intention then start thinking about how accomplishing that goal will improve
your life and the lives of those around you.
So if you think you want to live life with passion and
experience happiness - then think about how achieving that would improve
your life and the lives of those around you. As you start doing this
you'll begin to uncover your desire.
Your beliefs have to be in alignment in order for desire
to be the driving force of change!
Once you know what
it is you truly desire you can begin working with this power by continually
sending the right messages to your subconscious mind. When you do this
you instruct your subconscious mind to create the situations you want
to help you achieve that which you long for.
These next steps require that you pay more attention
to what you think, say and do. It's great to have an intention - but if
your thoughts, words and actions are in conflict what you want - you
will not succeed.
Muhammad Ali wanted to be the greatest fighter ever
- so he walked around telling everybody he was the greatest. True boxing
lovers will argue that he is not the greatest fighter ever - but the
world still refers to Ali as the greatest.
Nelson Mandela always talked about freedom even when
he was behind bars he would only discuss freedom - freedom for himself
and his fellow Africans.
Bill Gates always talks about how computers change and
improves peoples lives - and today more people are aware of how computers
have improved our lives.
This next step requires that you create a belief system
that corresponds with your true intention - this means having beliefs
and attitudes that allow you to fulfill your intent. You can't want
to have a better life and then believe that it's difficult to make more
money and improve your life. You can't wish to be married and
have a belief or say that it's difficult to meet the right man or woman.
If you have a belief that is in conflict with what you are wanting then you're
really defeating yourself before you even start.
If you know your intention then you have gas in your car.
But if you have the wrong beliefs then you're going to drive your car
in the wrong direction - you still won't get to where you want to go.
You still won't achieve your goals if you don't have the right belief
system. So now that you know your intention - watch your thoughts. Keep
track of what you regularly think, say and do. Make sure that what you
regularly think, say and do help you achieve what you want and doesn't work
I suggest that you keep a notepad and pen handy so that
you track your thoughts, words and actions. If you catch yourself thinking,
saying or doing something that isn't in line with your intention or doesn't
support your intent - then change that thought, word, or action - so
that it does support your intention.