We know there is power in intentions.
We have always known this.
That's why fairy tales are filled with people making wishes.
And fairy tales illustrate another truth as well:
Our wishes and intentions always go sideways.
Every. Single. Time.
So here is the secret fairy tale truth of making intentions:
It will almost instantly go sideways.
This is not a bug. It's a feature.
Because everything in our life that is NOT ALREADY the thing that we want? It pops up to the surface to be dealt with.
“Really? You want to get rid me? Are you sure? I'm so safe and familiar!
You SURE you want to let go of me? Really?"
Instantly, we go sideways.
Here’s how it worked for me when I made a 2021 New Year's Resolution--as you can see in the video:
Ah, said I.
(Not in the moment, but later on)
This thing that I said I wanted--
This thing that I put my heart into--
It is Jan. 5, and it has already been challenged. Not once, not twice, but three times.
Until the current structure breaks apart, there is no place for the new thing to exist.
So the deep secret to intentions is to open your eyes and see the shadow of what you intend.
Because that is what you will have to grapple with.
Prepare yourself to encounter the thing that is exactly and precisely NOT what you want.
Because until you grapple with that, there is literally no logical place for what you DO want. Otherwise, you would already have it!
Lynnea Annette is an executive life coach who supports professional women who feel the stress of working hard and being under-appreciated.