The act of setting an intention is your declaration to the universe of what goal or outcome you want to experience in your life. It is born of having a vision of what you want–which is the result of experiencing the contrast, or what you don’t want.

Every time we run up against a challenge or difficulty, it is an opportunity to create something new and to grow spiritually. So when you are in the midst of challenging circumstances, understand that it is your opportunity to gain clarity on your lessons and create new, fine tuned intentions. The sooner you focus on what you are learning from the situation, the sooner you can release it. Every experience we have has something FOR us in it and so, we must include EVERYTHING in our gratitude! I know, while in the midst of it, it can seem big, bad and awful. But looking back, you will see that the thing that seemed so awful at the time pointed you in new directions that ultimately benefited you in ways you would not have otherwise experienced.

Here are 3 steps to help you manifest your intentions:

1. Once you have gotten clarity on what you want, you can craft your intention statement. A powerful intention is stated in the present tense using only positive words. An example would be, “I intend that I am working in a job that is engaging, utilizes my talents and abilities and is in a friendly and relaxed environment.” I always add that my intention manifests if it is for the highest good for me, the universe and all involved. So be it and so it is.

2. The next step is to surrender. This doesn’t mean giving up on what you want, it means allowing the universe to line up all the creative components necessary to bring about your desire and to be open to how and when it happens. If you insist on the thing you want showing up in only one way and in a specific time, you limit what you can receive.
There is a buffer of time involved in gathering the components of your desire. Your job in the meantime is to be in alignment with what you want, while letting go of any feelings of "neediness". This means utilizing all parts of your being to “act as if” you have what you want. Use all of your senses in this process. The more you can FEEL what it would be like to already have it, the more successful you will be at manifesting it.

Imagine what you are hearing as you get what you want. What are people saying to you? What are you saying to yourself? What other sounds do you hear? Imagine having a celebratory meal. What are you tasting and smelling? Imagine the feel of holding the paper of the signed contract, or walking barefoot on the sandy beach of your dream vacation. What do you feel in your body? Excitement? Peace? What are you seeing? Smiling faces? Beautiful vistas? Sunny rooms with beautiful colors? A large number in your bank account? The more you allow yourself to fully “BE” in your vision, the more powerfully you will create it. Enjoy it BEFORE it comes.

3. The next step is to be in inspired action. That action is simply the result of opportunities that show up as seeming synchronicities that you want to act on. For example, I have a client who just applied for her dream job. While at an event, she "happened" to meet the person who will be doing the interviews and briefly introduced herself. As she met with other friends and colleagues throughout the week about other matters, three people said they personally know the director of the program and to put them down as references. Her action was simply to follow her interest in attending the event, let people know she had applied and follow up on including them as references. She is in “the flow, where miracles abide” as a result of aligning all parts of her being with her clear vision. This is where taking action is easy and is clearly the next step.

Have fun with your intentions and with manifesting. Keeping it light and enjoyable not only increases your success at creating what you want, but it creates more happiness in your life no matter what happens.

Author's Bio: 

Estra Roell is a certified Law of Attraction Life Coach and Advanced PSYCH-K® facilitator, known as America's Life Purpose Coach™. She helps clients get in touch with their highest passions and purpose and assists them to uncover and remove any blockages or old patterns that may be holding them back from living a life of joy, purpose and abundance. Visit her website at http://www.americaslifepurposecoach.com/ to receive her free report on "Visioning and Goal Setting" and Tuesday Success Tips. Listen in to her radio show, Coach Cafe, on Blogtalk Radio at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/coachcafe live on Fridays at 11 AM Eastern or in the archives any time.