How to Set a Powerful Intention - Sarah Negus Spiritual Mentor

How to Set a Powerful Intention

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How to set a powerful intention

How do I set a powerful intention? This is a question that many of my clients ask me. After all powerful intentions are the things that help create our dreams and the life we live.

I would say they are one of the MOST important things you can do to make a different to the quality of your life. Stepping forward towards something you desire with love, excitement, determination is the way to make your successful outcome non-negotiable.

I use the word powerful here because a half-hearted, wishy washy, not really sure about it, might change my mind tomorrow intention will not do. It will not do at all. You see your intention, your thought, your conscious movement towards your goal is the energy of the Universe and you want that energy to hold the frequency of creation. That frequency or vibration is love. Our Universe is made up of this stuff, of love, it may get distorted in our physical world but ultimately love is what we need to build bridges, to have relationships, to birth ideas, love is creation.

A powerful heart-felt, I’m so bloody sure about this, confident, no matter what, this is absolutely for me and I am worth it in every way, is what you need to call towards you all your desires.How do you do that? I have a process, for me it is second nature and something I do without thinking to much now. Years of falling flat on my face have taught me that these ups and downs are part of the puzzle, that perceived failures are actually lessons leading me onwards towards what it is that I want to live. I noticed that when my intention was certain, and when I didn’t give up, and when I kept my mind positive and my thoughts happy and grateful my intentions turned into real things.

Here are my 5 steps to create a truly powerful intention.

Step 1 – The Decision.

Decide what you want. What is it that sets your soul alight with excitement. This can be a big dream that may need many step by step intentions to achieve, like moving into a home that you own, or it may be a goal you want to realise in a short time, for example, attracting a new client in a week or a month. Whatever it is, the intention you set around it must have the same energy, certainty, determination, a knowing it is there for you, and, this one is important, gratitude for your life now and all that is coming towards you, this links into the energy of love and makes things happen very quickly.

Step 2 – Chunk it down.

Chunk down your big dream or goal. What will need to happen in your life for you to achieve it?

Currently, I want to build a studio in my garden, I have a vision of holding intimate workshops in it, with views over the meadow, the fire pit burning and many gorgeous people getting to know me, and their lives changing from the work we do together. I can feel the joy in the air, I am excited to welcome new faces to my community and I know my message will bring self awareness and self growth for them. (See, think, feel, know). I am holding the energy of gratitude in my heart that I can share my life’s work and that it has brought me to this place already. (love).

This dream isn’t going to come to life with the snap of my fingers, but if I can fund it, then I can plan it and then I will build it. So funding it is the first thing to be done. To do that I must raise my visibility, invest in marketing , create new connections and share my message more widely to the World.

I’ve chunked down my intention here to manageable bits. To the thing that I can actually do now.

Step 3 – The magic part.

Sit quietly, conjure the image in your mind’s eye of what that dream looks like, feels like, smells like, even tastes like. Ask yourself how will you show up when you’ve achieved it? What difference will it bring to your life? How will you celebrate it when you have it? Let this evolve in your mind, and in your energy for a few moments.

Allow yourself to be grateful for the dream and excited for your life.

Drop into your heart and allow the feeling of love to expand into your being. Then decide what you will do right now to take you towards succeeding in that goal/dream/desire.

Think of all the things you need to happen that you have not got control over, hand them over to the Universe to do for you. Ask the Universe to send you what you need.

I think of this as a job-share, the Universe and I co-create, I do everything I can to be visible and the Universe puts my blogs, my videos, my courses, my posts, my ideas and thoughts in front of my soul clients, the people that will benefit from my work and my message.

Step 4 – Ground the intention.

Writing down your intention grounds the energy and is the first step towards making it real. So put pen to paper. Yes, write with a pen. Open your heart in love and excitement and write down your intentions for growth, to manifest and to succeed. List all the benefits you will feel and receive, everything you can think of.

For me the benefits of building my Studio are many. I fulfil a dream to hold workshops in my home, it means I will have to step strongly into the role of teacher, public speaker and host. I will be able to touch the lives of many, and in the long term, because they have changed so will those around them. My Studio will allow me to create a ripple effect of positive lasting transformation for others.

Step 5- Press the ‘GO’ button.

Taking action is pressing the ‘GO’ button. The process of you doing what you can do towards your goal, with excitement, knowing, certainty, determination and gratitude for all the growth you will experience in the process means the Universe sees that you are ready, it goes about its work behind the scenes putting things in place so that you can come into to contact with everything you need to on your way towards your dreams.


YOU have just set a very powerful intention, trust that the Universe has heard you and is responding to your energy. It may not play out in the way that you expect, but it will play out in exactly the right way for your journey and your personal growth.

What has been your powerful intention today? Comment below and amplify the energy of it.

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Sarah Arrow - 29th June 2017 Reply

Love these 5 steps Sarah, I think they’re going to turn my intentions from “meh” to really powerful intentions. Thank you for sharing them with me <3

    Sarah - 29th June 2017 Reply

    Hi Sarah, thanks for reading, so glad my blog will help you super charge your thoughts to powerful intentions.

Claire - 29th June 2017 Reply

Thank you for a wonderful article and for breaking powerful intention setting into practical steps :-).

    Sarah - 29th June 2017 Reply

    So glad you enjoyed it Claire, practical easy steps are the way forward in most things Claire. And as powerful intentions are the beginning of anything its a good way to ensure they have a good start.

Polly Hearsey - 29th June 2017 Reply

I love the way you break it down into such simple steps and make it so much more real. Thank you.

    Sarah - 29th June 2017 Reply

    Thank you Polly, powerful intentions are so important in making anything ‘real’, and as with most things, simple is the best way.

Lottie Moore - 29th June 2017 Reply

Great advice Sarah! As a firewalker I work with intentions all the time – I’ve never done a walk in the rain.
This is a helpful reminder, both for the seasoned intention setter, and someone trying it for the first time x

    Sarah - 29th July 2017 Reply

    Hi Lottie, you’ve got to have a seriously powerful intention to firewalk! Love that this has helped remind you x

Deborah Bryson - 29th June 2017 Reply

Noted! Thanks! Great Article!

esther nagle - 29th June 2017 Reply

Fantastic article, thank you so much Sarah

I have been feeling pretty scattered and floundering in my business, and I think that not being clear enough on my intentions is part of the problem – there is so much I want to do, but I want to do it all…NOW, and of course, I end up then doing nothing but get overwhelmed and upset.

Setting clear intentions to do one thing doesn’t mean that I let go of the other things forever does it, it just means that I get one thing done first! Thank you for this!

    Sarah - 1st July 2017 Reply

    YES! Absolutely Esther. I often say that ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day, but bits of it were’… thats the same with our goals and dreams, they chunk down to one powerful intention then another.

Linda - 29th June 2017 Reply

Love this, will be putting a lot more intention into everything, and properly! Thank you

    Sarah - 1st July 2017 Reply

    Wonderful stuff Linda!

Danielle Tucker - 1st July 2017 Reply

Hey Sarah!

Great post. I love the part about how “writing down your intention grounds the energy and is the first step towards making it real.” Thanks for sharing this!!

    Sarah - 1st July 2017 Reply

    Thank you for reading Danielle. I’m sure you’ll find that as you write down your powerful intentions, with a pen, from your heart they will become more and more real.

Genevieve Muwana - 1st July 2017 Reply

Hi Sarah, this is a very simple way and easy to implement steps for setting intentions powerfully. Thank you so much for sharing.


    Sarah - 1st July 2017 Reply

    Glad you enjoyed it Genevieve. I like simple, usually when you strip things back to their core it becomes more powerful, this is the same for setting powerful intentions.

Carrie Eddins - 1st July 2017 Reply

Love this post about powerful intentions Sarah, I especially love how you ground them, thanks so much xx

    Sarah - 1st July 2017 Reply

    Thanks for reading Carrie, as with everything grounding it is so important.

Christina Marie - 15th August 2017 Reply

This was such a nice read! I have always believed in setting meaningfull and loving intentions. I inspire to do what you have already created with your life. I am working with the universe daily to reach my highest potential.

    Sarah - 15th August 2017 Reply

    Thank you Christina, I’m so glad you enjoyed this blog.

Mel - 17th August 2017 Reply

Great article; thanks for sharing!

Sylvia - 17th August 2017 Reply

Needing the funds for my Studio for the next 6 mos to the 1 year. Allowi g us to get the model perfected and build the membership. I’m grateful that it is done and many will benefit from it.

dinesh - 14th September 2017 Reply

Thank u so much Sarah. I loved to read it, and will definitely change my life. Ur way of helping is very good. It is easy to understand since it is in steps and simple. Thank again.

    Sarah - 25th September 2017 Reply

    You are welcome Dinesh, keeping it simple is my ethos and way of living.

Lorie - 18th January 2018 Reply

Thanks Sarah I read this after my meditation and was so empowering. My entire body bursts with joy as I began to journal my thoughts, goals and feelings. This is a truly a transformation month for me and I have unpacked everything and delegated to the Universe. I am ready for the journey this year will be awesome and amazing.

    Sarah - 27th January 2018 Reply

    Lorie, what a wonderfully empowering experience. Do come back and share how your year unfolds.

deb - 4th June 2018 Reply

Thank you so much for sharing this very detailed map of writing an intention. It as brought clarity to me .
I am currently studying to be a yoga instructor and I know the universe ( God) has me exactly where I need to be… setting an intention for my life. I know without a shadow of a doubt and have unshakable faith it will be….Finally coming into my truth and realizing what my purpose is .

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