“Intention rules the earth,” says Oprah.

It’s true. The first part of my Uplevel Your Life Mastery Program is devoted solely to intention. There are exercises to strengthen clarity and commitment as you answer the following question: “What do you want?” You might be completely flummoxed if you ask yourself this question as you write down your intention. If you’re like many of my clients, you’ve believed your limiting thoughts for so long, that you don’t realize you can ask for what you truly want and that you have the power to attract it! So, naturally, you might do some wonky things at first bbbbbbbbbbb that actually wreck an otherwise powerful intention! Here are seven of the most common:

#1 – “So that.”

Example: “I intend to lose weight and get in shape SO THAT I can be energetic and happy in my daily life.” “So that” says: “I can’t have THIS if I don’t have THAT.” It is restricting. And intentions are about expansion! Be brave enough to ask, “What do I ultimately want here?” If you want two things, you can divide the intentions with AND or WHILE. “I intend to lose weight while being happy and energetic in my daily life.”

#2 – Implementing Bureaucrat Speak Calibrated to Leverage Maximum Capacity Mental Paralysis

Example: “I intend to leverage an incremental degree of financial stability insomuch as I can facilitate a reasonable facsimile of value-added methodology.” When you set an intention, you’re speaking to your soul, not the folks in HR. Intention is supposed to excite us a lot, and scare us a little. Pretend you never worked in corporate, and use language that feels good to you.

3 – “Ing” Overdose

Example: “I intend that I am becoming clear about my career path while my health is getting better and I am attracting a loving romantic partner.” The Universe always says YES. In this case, it says, “Yes indeed. You ARE becoming clear. And you are, in fact, ATTRACTING a loving partner… any minute now!” Stick with present tense even though it’s scary.

4 – Scattered, Splattered and Covered

Example: “I intend to get clear about the next steps I’m taking in my life with health, lifestyle, my relationship, and career. Oh, and I also want to lose weight, make more money, move somewhere else and write a novel.” I call this “Attention Splatter.” It doesn’t work. It’s nothing more than sabotage. Here’s what’s wild, though. When we allow ourselves to focus on one singular intention, often the other things we want will begin to manifest effortlessly. (OR we come to realize that we no longer want all those things!) Be willing to be unimpressive and boring. Start with just one thing.

5 – Trying to figure out the HOW.

The reason my women’s retreats are called “The Unstoppable Power of Intention” is because it’s true! When you set an intention, you don’t have to know HOW. Yes, of course, you take action. But you don’t “figure it all out” first. Trying to figure out how it could possibly happen is just your limiting thoughts trying to take control. (And how’s that been workin’ for you so far?)

6 – Worrying about your ego.

“Isn’t this just my ego talking? How will I know if I’m honoring my deepest self? Is this intention my TRUE LIFE PURPOSE?” You can spin your wheels for years trying to discover an Academy Award-Winning Life Purpose, or waiting til you’re “totally at peace.” Don’t set this trap for yourself. Sometimes the simple action right in front of you is all you need to take. If you can’t hear your deepest self yet, then just start somewhere. Maybe your ego’s desires will open up a deeper path.

7 – Removing, obliterating, or ridding yourself of obstacles, weakness, and issues.

Example: I intend to rid myself of all of my anger and addictions and stop letting my ego run the show. Dude. This is SO not gonna happen. You don’t have to focus on your “stuff” just to prove that you’re not in denial. Remember this: Energy flows where attention gbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbboes. When you include your “issues” in your intention, then you are, in essence, saying, “Let’s really give this my energy. Let’s dredge it up, shall we?” Focus instead on the things that you DO want. That way, the obstacles and issues will naturally come up for release in their perfect and right time.

While songwriter Christine Kane is best known for her hip and catchy tunes, and the down-to-earth wit of her live performances, her fans and students share that they are inspired most by her message of living authentically, passionately and courageously. Christine’s philosophy is that you are the artist and your life is your work of art. That, she says, is what it means to “Live Creative.” She now shares this message nationally, speaking to groups ranging from the Air Force to the American Hospital Association to NICU therapists. Christine’s award-winning blog ranks among the top 10,000 blogs on the internet. Christine has released six CDs and an award-winning DVD in her expansive career as a performer and songwriter. She has toured the country many times over, sharing the stage with everyone from John Mayer to the Beach Boys to Nanci Griffith. Border’s Books & Music named her one of the Top Five Recordings of 2003, the Washington Post called her “a petite powerhouse of a singer.”

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