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Recently I learned the difference between the words GOAL and INTENTION. I always thought that they were the same basically but I discovered that there is a very important difference between the two. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary has a few definitions for the word goal, most having to do with sports, but the definition that stands out the most is, “the end toward which effort is directed”. A goal is an end product or desire. It’s like my goal of going on a tour of the ancient Ottoman Empire. It has an end result being a trip to Morrocco, Egypt, Syria, Lebannon, Greece, etc. An intention is defined very differently. According to Merriam-Webster an intention is, “a determination to act in a certain way”. It is about how you go through the process of achieving your goal. It’s basically the energy that you hold while working towards achieving your goal. Therefore I can have a goal that I’m working on with the intention of being open to the possibilities. It’s more of an emotional state.
Recently, I was working on closing a deal for branding an episode on CreateYourHealth.com. My goal was to close the deal and get a signed contract. My intention was to do it lovingly with effortless ease.
Just a few days ago I felt the power of holding an intention. I started a Neighborhood Watch and set a goal of cleaning an alley in our neighborhood. On the day of the clean up it was gray and drizzly. All the neighbors I expected canceled. I was feeling bad about not reaching my goal and frustrated with my neighbors so I decided to be the change that I wanted to see in my neighborhood so I went and started to sweep and clean the ally myself. About a half-hour went by and a I was experiencing all kinds of negative chatter in my head…lots of opinions about my neighbors and the world we live in. I didn’t like all those thoughts so I set an intention of cleaning the alley with as much love and care as I could. Slowly the negative voices went away and within a few minutes a neighbor boy who had heard of the clean up showed up to help. We had a great time cleaning in the rain and I felt energized afterwards. Best of all, I made a new friend.
This was a reminder for me about how I say I want to live my life. It reminded me that life can be fun and even the most laborious things can be done with a sense of joy if I intend them to be joyful. With that in mind I created a FaceBook page to post my daily intentions on and I hope you can join me. The page is called, What’s Your Intention – CYH Daily Intentions and can be found at - http://www.facebook.com/?ref=hp#!/pages/Whats-Your-Intention-CYH-Daily-Intentions/167072896657912.
Let’s make life more fun by deciding consciously how you want to live your life every day. I intend to achieve the goal of helping people learn about healing modalities (Body, Mind, Spirit) with joy. I hope you join me in changing your life.
Peter Bedard, MA, C.Ht. is a hypnotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles, CA. He is the host and producer of CreateYourHealth.com with over 50 episodes, six bloggers, and three monthly mixers all focused on bring complementary alternative medicine into mainstream awareness.