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When most people think of getting organized, they tend to start with their physical space. But decluttering your mind is a crucial part of accomplishing that. Without addressing the underlying causes for clutter, any attempt to organize and rejuvenate your space will likely end up being temporary as you slide back into old patterns.

That’s where intention-setting comes in. By setting intentions as you tackle your clutter, you’ll find your mind feels clearer and your goals are closer within reach. Here’s how to get started.

What is Intention-Setting?

An intention is the articulation of your soul’s desire. By identifying and voicing an intention, you’re tapping into your innate determination from deep within.

Intentions are the building blocks to manifest every outward goal we have in life. But it’s about more than just thinking about something you want to happen. Setting an intention is the act of setting your purpose toward fulfilling a specific objective. It can heal a wound or help us manifest our higher purpose.

The Value of Intention-Setting

After an intention is set, it can feel like the whole cosmos suddenly rushes to our aid to bring that intention to fruition. The process will help you feel more empowered to create the life you want and begins the process of allowing the necessary transformation to take place. No matter your circumstances, a carefully chosen and clearly voiced intention can help begin to transform your life into what you want.

While you can have more than 1 intention, it’s good to start with 1 at first to get you started.

“You are what your deepest desire is, as your desire is, so is your intention, as your intention is, so is your will, as your will is, so is your deed, as your deed is, so is your destiny.” – Upanishads

How to Set an Intention

Connect for Clarity

It’s absolutely crucial that your intention is clear and focused. Close your eyes, tap into your intuition and ask your higher self what it is you truly want. Let your mind wander free and notice the answers as they arise. Resist the temptation to over-analyze the issue at hand. Stay in the present moment and what fits right now.

Choose a Word

Select a simple, single word that feels aligned with your intention.  It is easier to remember one word throughout the day.

Stay Positive

Stay positive that this intention is your guide, your aim in life right now. Trust that what you put out into the world with your intention, you will receive back.

Affirm Your Intention to Yourself and to the Universe

This is a declaration of your desires. Make sure you feel confident in it. Own it! Wear it like your favorite jeans.

Take Aligned Actions

Here’s where the magic really starts. As you focus on your intention, notice what is and isn’t in alignment with your desires.

Release the Outcome

Resist the urge to hold onto any intention too tightly. Let the ebb and flow of your needs and intentions come and go like the tides of life.

As you continue to set intentions, you’ll find your mind is clearer and more focused on your goals. It’s an excellent way to clear out the mental clutter.  Give this method a try to see if it works for you.