“Our intention creates our reality.” Wayne Dyer, Ph.D. The Power of Intention
“I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life – full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and political pundit, Charles Krauthammer, M.D., wrote these words a few weeks before his passing. What a powerful statement to share as a final reflection of his life! To live the life that we intended would be a huge achievement for anyone. Do you agree?
How does one live an intentional life? To live a life of purpose, on purpose. Doing what we most want to do.
My definition of success is that which enables us to live a purpose-driven life. The status for success in my life has never been defined by a large bank balance, a fine home, expensive vacations or the accumulation of other valuable assets. Success is being and becoming the best at what I am meant to be and do in life.
But, how do we know what we were meant to do in life? A great question. Perhaps, the ultimate question of life.
“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you figure out why.” Mark Twain.
How do you know if you are living out your ‘why’? Are you now doing what you always intended to do? At this very moment, are you engaged in accomplishing what you hoped you would be doing at this juncture in life?
You may find helpful the list of questions that psychotherapist and writer, Jodee Virgo, MFT, asks her clients in an effort to help guide them toward discovery of their potential purpose. These questions are delineated in her article. You Can’t Find Your Proverbial Purpose, First Just Find a ‘Why.’ (The link to this article, which is worth reading, follows):
What did you love to do as a child?
Where does your mind drift when you daydream?
Where and when do you feel the happiest?
When do you feel like your best self?
What do you value most in other people and yourself?
What inspiration, idea, or vision keeps coming to you?
Who inspires you with their passion and purpose?
If you could do anything in the world without worrying about time, money, or energy restrictions, what would you do?
What’s not working in your life?
What do you do most naturally, with effortless ease?
What would your future self say to the present you?
I love these questions. They are the right ones. They shine light on perhaps the most important life topic.
Once we discover our true purpose in living, we are challenged to take the next step. Action!
“When you left the house today, you had the intention of putting clothes on and you did. You didn’t try to put your pants on today. You simply put them on. The same has to hold for all of our intentions. We don’t try to be more loving partners. We make the intention, and we act on it.” Patch Adams, M.D.
I will succeed.
My intention is . . .
I will act.