Often when we set an intention on a specific outcome we want to manifest, the desired outcome is based on something we are currently lacking in our lives. After all, desire is the quintessential component of intention setting.
However, what often stalls the process of seeing our desires manifested is our tendency to maintain focus on what we are lacking. We can find ourselves easily identifying with the undesired state in which we currently reside. We repeatedly remind ourselves of what we do not have, or we choose to focus on the absence of the things we desire for ourselves.
The harsh truth is, it can sometimes be rather compelling to focus on what we don’t have. Perhaps we use our lack as an opportunity to place ourselves in a victim role, which allows us to shift accountability outside ourselves. Or perhaps we may receive sympathy or compassion we may not otherwise receive outside our current circumstance.
These illusory rewards often blind us to seeing the opportunities available to us, opportunities that can move us closer toward our goal. There may be assistance that is offered to us or easily within our reach, yet our determination to identify with our deficits will enable us to find reasons why we cannot accept whatever help is offered. The energy of despair we have created finds its way into every opportunity, clouding them with a sense of pessimism and futility.
The best way for us to move beyond our sense of lack and despair is to examine our blessings and achievements, no matter how seemingly small, trivial, or minor. Through taking inventory of even the tiniest of triumphs we open ourselves to the sense of hopefulness, which allows us to then see the opportunities to which we were previously blinded as well as enabling us to see our current circumstance as temporary.