The law of attraction is a belief that your thoughts play a big part in what you attract into your life.
In other words, positive thoughts bring positive experiences while negative thinking attracts negative responses from the universe. It’s a pretty straightforward concept.
Being positive and intentional about what you want is exactly the way to attract all you want and desire into your life. Two of my favorite motivational authors are John C. Maxwell and Jack Canfield. They both have extraordinarily positive outlooks on life, and I love the encouragement I feel when I read or listen to them.
Over the past couple of months, I have been diving deeper into positivity and intention, and both of these individuals have sparked something in me as I strive to be the best version of myself every day. Although they have different ways of talking about positivity, they both talk about it.
Maxwell, author of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, says, “Who you are is who you attract.” His leadership law #9: the law of magnetism says that when you seek to enjoy life, you will attract people who want the same. Canfield says, “You will attract into your life whatever you focus on. Whatever you give your energy and attention to will come back to you.”
While these two experts say it differently, they are both guiding people to open themselves up to the universe and the infinite possibilities that exist. In order to attract what you desire and value most, you have to embrace the fact that you have the energy within you to do so.
“Okay, I’m in!” you say, but now you have to get started. How does one practice it? How does one embrace the concept and make it a real, living, breathing part of who they are?
In my last two posts, I talked about what I see as the beginning steps in the process to make positivity an intentional part of your life. First, positivity starts with an affirmation. I shared several “I am…” statements that help me remember who I am and who I want to be. I even included two affirmations that remind me I am right where I need to be and to keep traveling my journey. Your affirmations should help you to feel empowered and loved by the person you have the longest-standing relationship with in your life – YOU!
Second, learning to live in positivity begins with behavior change.
It’s not about flipping a switch and automatically becoming a positive person. It’s about figuring out what you value the most and making the necessary behavior changes to live in the positivity you desire.
That brings me to the third step in learning to live in positivity, which takes intention.
Intention is all about aiming for something you desire to happen and taking the necessary steps to make it so. If you choose to live in positivity, you must do so with intention.
Clear intentions inspire you to take action steps that align with your words, truth and values. When you act clearly and consistently, you quickly manifest what you desire because of the clarity with which you put your desires into action. That’s how the law of attraction works. If you put positive out you will get positive back, usually in greater measure.
Living with positive intention is more than simply dreaming or wishful thinking. It’s all about willful direction that guides you to where and who you want to be. Here are six steps to help you learn to live with intention.
- Reflect on what’s important to you. What values do you embody? What decisions will get you closer to where you want to be? How do you want to feel?
- Write down your intentions. This will help make them more tangible, and it puts your intention into the universe to help them come to life.
- Keep them positive. Rather than setting an intention like “stress less” flip it into “be calm, relax and trust that everything will work out for my good.” Focus on the good.
- Make them visible. Put your list of intentions where you will see them daily; multiple places if you want. Revisit them frequently as a constant reminder of what you’re working on.
- Give yourself feedback. At regular intervals, check in with your intentions and tell yourself what a great job you are doing and where you need a little more work. Invaluable to living with positive intention.
- Have fun. Living is meant to be fun, so be sure you use your intentions as a guide to take small steps to improving yourself every day – it’s not about perfection.
One of my favorite ways to live with positive intention is to create a vision board.
Whether it’s for a specific event, a short/long period of time, personal or business, it’s a wonderful way to dream BIG and envision what a “better life” looks like. It’s an activity that brings your intentions to life in images that clarify what you desire and turns dreams into achievable goals.
Vision boards are powerful tools to think about your goals in a different way. Your brain works in pictures, so creating a vision board helps ensure your goals are top of mind. In fact, vision boards help motivate you to take the action steps necessary to live with positive intention because they are not perfect and there is no right or wrong way to do one.
I’m in the process of creating a new vision board, one that includes more balance, more wellness awareness, a new integrative health coaching program, a second book to launch in Q1 of 2022, and who knows what else. I’m dreaming big and I’m putting my desires into the universe with positive intention; that makes my heart smile even as I write this.
What are you doing to live with positive intention? Are you interested in creating a vision board? The journey is always yours, but I’d love to be part of it. Leave me a comment and let me know how you are learning to live with intentional positivity; I always love to hear from you! Until next time, stay positive and be well…