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by Marilyn August
"Focused energy attracts money,
scattered energy repels money"
From early childhood we have heard that setting goals is the best way to realize financial dreams. Achieving a goal is a linear activity, measured in time and numbers. A goal might be to save $1,000 by Christmas, to earn $10,000 by the end of the year, or to get 3 new clients this month. Just setting these goals may get you moving towards obtaining them.
Is it possible, however, that setting a goal can also
be self-defeating? Think about this. Failure to reach
a goal or falling short of the mark you've set for
yourself is often frustrating and disappointing. Instead
of being happy about saving "just" $880 for Christmas,
earning $7,800 by the end of the year, or that you've
only signed up two new clients you may feel
unfulfilled, since you fell short of your "goal." Failure
to reach your goals may even create an underlying lack
of faith and trust in your Higher Power, just as it
chips away at your self-confidence. And, you may not
want to set goals, in the future.
Goals work very well for some people. They accept that achieving only a portion of their goals still constitutes success. Then, they reaffirm the goal and start again. But, even this positive approach still leaves a significant piece of the money puzzle missing.
A clear intention puts Universal Creativity into motion. Your intentions speak to the quality of life you desire when you reach your goal. Think of it as the "goal of the goal," or the core benefits received from accomplishing the goal. "Intention" is defined as focused thought, feeling, and action in a specified direction. Intention is the "creative energy" that bridges the gap between where you are and where you want to be. Intentions transcend the achievement of a specific goal. They don't have ending points.
Intentions reach beyond the goal, itself. Intentions help develop a track record of financial successes that build self-confidence. A client wanted to change her relationship to money, but when asked what she wanted she replied, "I want to manage my money well, and be organized." What was she missing in stating these lofty goals? There was no intended result of being organized. She came to realize that security, stability and consistency was what she really sought. Until these intended results were part of her intention statement she was just running around in circles "getting organized."
True intention prompts immediate action. An intention is judged by the action steps you take towards achieving it. Taking action is letting God (your Higher Power) know you are serious. If you aren't moved into action your intention falls into the category of "just an idea." The amazing thing about taking action is that the action does not necessarily have to be logical.
Things happen more naturally when you know that you have clearly written intentions. Consistent action steps coupled with clear intentions will produce the life, the money and the financial well being you seek.
Intention statements begin with the word "be". Some examples are given below. Do any of these fit with your money intentions? If so feel free to borrow them.
The founder of Wealth and Wisdom Seminars, Marilyn August is a professional speaker and master facilitator who develops her seminars with the passion of personal experience and the expertise of over twenty years in adult education.
She holds a Masters degree in Education from Northern Illinois University, and has designed, developed and presented training programs to major corporations including American Honda Motor Company, AST Research, Inc., AAA Chicago Motor Club and Chevron Oil.
Known for her light-hearted, pragmatic, yet deeply personal approach to financial success, Marilyn's quest for emotional and financial freedom has led to the discovery of a number of principles, techniques and tools that have helped thousands of people achieve financial well-being.
A featured columnnist for Living Better Magazine in San Diego, California, Marilyn's book, "Sound bites for Healthy Wealthy Living" is a simple, easy to read booklet that's full of inspiring ideas and words of money wisdom. If you would like to receive a complimentary copy of " Soundbites for Healthy, Wealthy Living" Email Marilyn at MAugustCo@aol.com. Be sure to include your mailing address.