Daily Intentions

Daily Intentions August


‘To know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.’

Bessie Anderson Stanley


#213 Today

I smile when in doubt
Smile! Children use it. Often! It can help sway a situation to your advantage, or it can cheer you up. Sometimes when all you can do is laugh at the cards you were dealt, it really helps to just grin it out. But more importantly, a smile can be the start of something positive. A harmless smile can make a big difference. You can brighten someone’s day. It’s free, easy and beats looking at the ground.


#214 Today

I refuse to worry
Anxiety is an emotion that we all experience. Excessive brooding over the future or regret for the past gives rise to worry or anxiety. Don’t think about the worst, think instead about the wonderful things that might happen. Be optimistic. Think positively. Remember all of the positive things from the past and be optimistic for wonderful things in the future. Make up your mind not to worry. Do not say `yes’ to worry. Say `no’ to worry and to all the sorrows in your life. Swami Chinmayananda once thundered: ‘Refuse to be miserable!’ Try it.


#215 Today

I celebrate small victories
Do you reward yourself for your accomplishments? It is important that you take the time to celebrate even your smallest victories. Instead of focusing on all that you’re not getting done, it’s time to focus on all that you are getting done. The intent is to give a little love to yourself for all of the work you put into each day. This will lead to a much happier existence, boost your self-esteem and likely make you even more productive and energetic as time goes on. You can’t lose!


#216 Today

I accept temporary inconvenience
Be willing to accept a temporary inconvenience for a permanent improvement. Becoming uncomfortable is a necessity to growth, excellence and success. To be successful you must get comfortable being uncomfortable. Do things that other’s don’t like to do. The truth is, no one likes inconvenience. High performers just understand that the road to success is constantly filled with acts of discomfort. They simply choose to do what needs to be done.


#217 Today

my word is my bond
Every time you go back on your word, the value of what you say decreases. It used to be that a person’s word was their bond. As time has passed, though, our tongues appear to have become a bit looser. We are now at the point where talk is cheap. It is fortunate that we are not required to put our money where our mouth is as many of us would be running low on funds. Be aware of what you say. A promise is an oath, it is a vow. It is not meant to be broken. Only make promises you know you can keep. Be the kind of person whose word is their bond.


#218 Today

think, believe, dream, dare
The four success attitudes of Walt Disney. An attitude that sets apart the mediocre from the majestic. And success attitudes don’t arrive once you’ve achieved success, they must be present in the midst of your failure or your disaster. To think is where plans are made. This is where dreams are dreamt and visions are displayed. Then believe your thoughts. Be convinced by your ideas. When you believe you can receive. To dream is to dream big. Don’t dream ordinary. Dream extraordinary. Dream beyond. Dream above. Dare you to be magnificent. Be a leader and not just a follower. Do the unattainable, the unachievable, and the not yet done.


#219 Today

my words are kind
Remember that a kind word goes a long way. Being kind is a vital way of bringing meaning to your own life as well as the lives of others. Using kind words allows you to communicate better with others, to be more self-compassionate, and also to be a positive force in people’s lives. Unkind words pollute the atmosphere. They spark conflict, injure self-esteem, and undermine relationships. Words have the power to both harm and heal. Words have power. Being kind is critical.


#220 Today

I do what I know is right
We all have a reliable indicator that alerts us when something is wrong — we FEEL it. The wake-up sensations and emotions you experience at these times are all too real and powerful. Your millions-of-years evolved system knows. But what about when something is ‘right’. Do you know when things are ‘right’, and how do you experience ‘rightness’? Consider everything you do. Before you do something you might regret, consider. Stop doing things you know, deep down, are wrong. Practice delayed gratification. Instant gratification costs more than you may realize.


#221 Today

I do the little things well
Enjoy the satisfaction that comes from doing the little things well. How many times have you heard the phrase ‘It’s always the little things’? It is indeed the little things that can influence every part of our lives and make all the difference. In their book, The Power of Small: Why Little Things Make all the Difference, Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval challenge all of us that our smallest actions, words, and gestures often lead to our greatest long-term rewards and outcomes. In short, our kindness, willingness to help, attention to detail, attitude, desire to offer a positive word, or our simple “please” and “thank you” responses will make all the difference in building strong personal relations.


#222 Today

I believe in miracles
Do you expect good things to happen to you? Are you consistently open and positive to life and expecting good for yourself and others? Even more important, do you expect miracles to happen? In order to experience miracles, you have to believe that miracles are possible. Pay attention to the miracles that show up every day! Expect them and guess what will happen? More will show up! Could your life do with a few more miracles? Whose doesn’t? Ask for them, expect them and watch for what shows up!


#223 Today

I am happy with what I have
One of the things that seems to plague people with big dreams is feeling like what they have today just isn’t good enough. When you are dreaming big, you usually have a long way to go between where you are now and where you want to be. And it can be hard to live in that in-between-space. If you haven’t yet achieved your dreams, how can you be satisfied? But you only live once, so don’t spend your time feeling unhappy or disappointed. If you wait until you’ve achieved your very biggest goal to feel happy or proud, you’ll spend so much time before that feeling unhappy and dissatisfied. Be happy with what you have, while working for what you want.


#224 Today

I share knowledge
‘The wisdom acquired with the passage of time is a useless gift unless you share it.’ ~Esther Williams
Wisdom and knowledge are like spring water. It should flow out and nourish life and others. Keeping it to yourself will turn it into a dirty pond.


#225 Today

I follow my own star
Dance to your own drum. Do your own thing, be an individual and follow your heart. Live your dreams and make your own path to success. In that you cannot fail.


#226 Today

I bright a room by entering it
You are responsible for the energy you bring in the room. Whether your day will be a good one or not is a choice you make before getting out of bed. So, first thing in the morning, make the decision to have a good day. Then take that positive energy everywhere you go. Bring it into every room you enter. Remember, everyone brings happiness to a room. Some when they enter, others when they leave. Be sure you are a member of the first crowd!


#227 Today

I spend my time creating not criticizing
Yes, we all do it. When dealing with others, it is all too easy to find fault, to criticize, and to condemn. A proverb says, ‘A critic is like the girl who can’t dance so she said the band can’t play.’ Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. Spend your time and energy creating, not criticizing.


#228 Today

I read something inspiring
Read something inspirational right before bed and after waking.This will set get you in a great mood for sleep and for the day. Read anything from a famous speech to your favorite self-improvement book. Try to read something that get’s you really excited in the morning especially so that you’ll leave your house beaming with energy and wonder.


#229 Today

I memorize something
Memorize something everyday. Poetry, sayings and philosophies are great options. This leaves your brain sharp and your memory functioning. You will also have a huge library of quotes to bust out at any moment.


#230 Today

I am curious
Become an explorer and view the world as an explorer. Stop and observe all of the little things as completely unique events. Try new things. Get out of your comfort zone and experience as many different environments and sensations as possible. This world has so much to offer, so why not take advantage of it?


#231 Today

I reduce my attachment to possessions
When you are heavy-set with material desires you will have a lot of trouble when things are taken away from you or get lost. Possessions do end up owning you, not the other way around. Become a person of minimal needs and you will be much more content.


#232 Today

I focus only on the present
The past is unchangeable so it is futile to reflect on it unless you are making sure you do not repeat past mistakes. The future is but a result of your actions today. So learn from the past to do better in the present so that you can succeed in the future.


#233 Today

I don’t take life too seriously
Learn to laugh at the little things and this whole ‘existence’ thing will be a whole lot easier. Be amused by your mistakes and failures and be thankful that you learned your lesson and won’t mess up like that again. And most importantly do things that you enjoy! Life is not strictly business, it has to be mixed with pleasure.


#234 Today

I start my day off right
Wake up and set aside an hour for personal development activities [meditation, self-introspection, time in nature]. Do the things that make you feel blissful, optimistic and empowered so that you can set a positive tone for your day. Once you start doing this, your days will be more enjoyable and fulfilling. Today is going to be the best day of your life.


#235 Today

I meditate
In this modern world where everyone is so connected to everything else via cell phones, TV and internet, most people rarely enjoy the beauty of silence. The ability to quiet your mind and relax your body is an art and skill that everyone should develop. Simply sit somewhere and focus on your breathing. Try to think about nothing. Post-meditation, you will feel extremely clear-headed and… just plain wonderful. The only way to really understand this sensation is to try it.


#236 Today

I am the person that makes others feel special
Be known for your kindness and sympathy!


#237 Today

happiness is my true nature
‘Happiness, the essence of bliss, is a knowing not a goal to pursue. It’s within you all along. It is our true nature. It is at our core. It is within you in your closeness to the Source of all that is.’ ~ Oprah
So many seek happiness outside themselves. This isn’t necessary. External happiness fades with time. Your essential nature is happiness. Happiness expands from within us out into the world.


#238 Today

I am filled with spirit
Connect with your inner being, the source of all inspiration, creativity, insight and joy. Open your heart and mind to pure spirit. Allow yourself to take it in to re-create and to renew yourself. Inspiration is not only for artists and visionaries, we all benefit when our lives are refreshed and revitalized with spirit every day.


#239 Today

I am peace
Inner peace is our calm center that keeps our life in balance. Peace in the soul is the fundamental happiness underlying life, even when outer events are not pleasant or enjoyable. You can survive a great crisis without being shaken because you are at peace. A level of core well-being. It is always there to fall back on in difficult times, but also in times of love and fulfillment.


#240 Today

I am love
Love is your joyful center. You never lose this love because it comes from inside. You don’t need to go anywhere to find love. You are your own source of joyful love. If you look for love around you, you assume you lack love. That you can only find it in another person. But love is your nature. It is who you are, and it is as near as our beating heart.


#241 Today

hope lights my path
Ellie Buzzell says: ‘Just as a man cannot live without dreams, he cannot live without hope.’ Happy people are optimistic and hopeful. Hope is a positive force in their lives, which is different from feeling anxious hope, hoping that everything will turn out right. When your sense of hope flows from within, you know that new possibilities will emerge and good outcomes are in sight. Hope opens a path. Hope is like a feedback loop: the more you nurture the hope the more optimistic you feel. And being optimistic you move naturally to take the openings and opportunities that come your way. Hope is like a thread leading out of the maze.


#242 Today

I am playful
‘We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing!’ ~George Bernard Shaw
Connect to your playful nature. Expressing your playful nature is a valuable way to stay creative, receptive, and revitalized. When you have fun, you are dancing and singing along with the story of your life. Your heart, mind and body is lighter and happier. Play time not only makes you feel better, it rejuvenates as well.


#243 Today

I feel wholeness
The feeling of completion is an important part of inner happiness. Feeling complete means you feel whole. Knowing you do not lack anything. You have everything you need within you. You are everything you need. True happiness isn’t gained by status, money, position, or power. It is attained through inner fulfillment. Feeling whole.


#244 Today

I am here to enjoy
It is natural to express your joys, to share your happiness with others. Watch how young children freely display their happiness and delight. As adults we have learned to be more guarded with expressing our emotions, even our positive ones. Give yourself permission to experience your joy whenever you feel it. Don’t feel uneasy showing. Joy isn’t selfish. It is self care!


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