The more I write and do videos, the more I am creatively expressing, the more I clearly understand that a part of me emerges that I might not otherwise be aware of…and this process is very cathartic (I highly recommend it). You see, I have a deep understanding that much of my creative expression is meant to sort out my own personal processing, but since I share much of it with you, I also wanted to share my intention for my expression.
“I heart Oprah,” who discusses how her business changed when everything that she created was done with clear intention. I’ve heard this before, but hearing it this time inspired me to sit and get crystal clear about my intention, as my reality (and partly yours, as I’m projecting mine onto you) is created by my intention. So, I did just that…I sat down and got clearer than I ever have about my intention…what message I want to put out into the world and how I want that message to serve a higher good.
I have decided that I want to hold myself accountable and deliver only when my messages meet this intention. I also want you to know where I’m coming from with my work, so that you can decide if my message aligns with how you want to spend your valuable time and so you can call me out, any of you, if you feel I ever stray from this intention (unless it gets better…you can still call me out, but do so with a “Hell yeah!”). So here we go:
- Start the conversation
- Communicate clearly to bring awareness
- Talk about “the tough stuff” to break down barriers
- Embrace and walk into discomfort (and love the part of me that’s scared)
- BE genuine, authentic, goofy, real; whatever expression comes out, honor it and BE ME
- Focus on and move toward what I want, not away from what I’m avoiding
- Be clear about the purpose & intention behind each expression
- Reside within my values of:
So, that’s my intention. What’s yours? With each expression, what do you intend to put out into the world? Is it to help? Is it to hurt? Is it to create the world that you envision and desire or does it come from a “broken-down you” in an attempt to break other people down? Is it to take the pain that you have and project it outward so that you don’t have to feel it as much when you share that pain? Or is it to take the love that you have and project it outward to create more love within your world?
In his book, The Seat of the Soul, Gary Zukov writes, “Your intentions create the reality that you experience. Until you become aware of this, it happens unconsciously. Therefore, be mindful of what you project. That is the first step toward authentic power.”
Every day you create some form of public expression, and every action has an intention behind it that will ultimately determine the outcome of whatever you’re doing. Your higher self’s (your highest good) intention is compassion and love and is driven by your heart and soul’s desire. Your lower self’s intention is driven by fear (and other icky things) and your ego’s need for predictability. How do you know what it is in any given moment? For me, it’s to get real and to check in with my heart. How does this feel? Does it send a message that is in line with my values? If it does, it will flow, as there will be no resistance. If it doesn’t, I will be resistant and reactive and need to dig deep to discover where I am fearful, angry, hurt, resentful, bitter, or needy.
In closing, intention is ultimately your authentic power. If we can be clear with our intentions and try to meet them when we share ourselves with others, we can keep co-creating the world we seek. My promise to you…If it doesn’t meet my intentions, I won’t share it…I will keep working on it. Will I always get it right? Probably not…but my intent is to try to keep striving for the peaceful world that I envision.
A retired Navy Senior Chief veteran, Karen has had various life experiences that have created her unique style of coaching. She remains curious about the human experience and is extremely grateful for the wonderful life she shares in Southern California with her dog, Paco. You can learn more about Karen and her work at KarenSolt.com
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