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How to Transform Your Desire Into Pure Intention and Turn Yourself Into an Action Taking Machine

follow your dreams, intention, letting goI believe there are two points in our lives that transform us into action taking machines.

Those are the points when we forget about our worries, our doubts, our fears and just take consistent and focused action toward our goals until we reach them.

The first point is when you are pushed against the wall and you really don’t have another choice but to actually make it work, to actually do whatever it takes to reach the goal. All of us probably were at that point at least once in our lives.

Your survival mode turns on and it is either you make it or you die. No time for worries, doubts, procrastination etc. You just act.

Another point is the point of whatever . I’ll explain that one in a minute.

Pure Intention.
Both points transform your desire into pure intention. Pure intention is when you don’t double think.

Just like when you want to go to the store and buy milk. You don’t sit there and think whether you should do it or not. You don’t procrastinate. You don’t worry or doubt. You just go to the store and get milk.

That is the action caused by pure intention.

Action like this one brings results. Always.

Don’t you wish you were able to take that kind of action toward all important goals of yours?

I won’t talk today about the first point of when you are pushed against the wall. Not everyone is in the situation of when you have no other choices and have to act if you want to survive. Many of us are pretty comfortable where we are.

Yes, we would like to be more and reach more but the pain of reaching the goal in our mind is really bigger than the pain of staying where we are. So we don’t act. We sabotage ourselves by procrastinating, doubting, worrying, fearing.

That’s where the point of whatever comes in handy.

What is the point of whatever?

It is the point where you completely let go. You are unattached. You know that you’ll be fine either way-whether you reach the goal or you don’t.

You still want it and you want it bad, this is very important to understand. But you don’t care at the same time.

There is a very fine line between the point of whatever and completely giving up on your goals.

You don’t give up. You desire. You want it. But you let go and know without a shadow of a doubt that you’ll be fine no matter what.

Why did you have those worries and fears and doubts that were sabotaging you from taking action to begin with? Most likely because you were afraid to fail, right?
Fear of failure is what prevents us from trying to begin with.

By letting go of your attachment to the outcome, you let go of your fear of failure.

This is the point of whatever.

This is the point where your doubts and worries and fears that stopped you from acting before, leave you. Since you are not attached to the outcome anymore, why have all of those emotions?

You are in a state of: “I am going to take action. Period. I don’t care if I fail. I don’t care if people won’t approve. I don’t care of all the other things I was so scared of before. I am just doing it. Because I still want it even though I let go.”

Pure Intention. Pure Desire. Pure Action.

No time spent anymore on worrying. No time spent on contemplation why this won’t work or how to do that better or how maybe you should try something else.

You just act. And then act again. And Again.

Failure doesn’t exist anymore. It is simply not an option. You threw it out of your vocabulary.

Something doesn’t work, not a big deal. You try something else. And something else. And again.

Until the goal is reached.

So how do you come to the point of whatever?
I love giving bullet points at the end that you can apply right away but this one is tough.

There is no one recipe for letting go. Here are some of the suggestions I have:

1. Imagine yourself as if you were 85 years old. Look back at your life from your 85 years old point of view.

What would you regret more – having lots of failures or not attempting to do what you wanted to do to begin with. Would you even care about your failures at that time? I bet you wouldn’t.

2. Close your eyes, relax, take several deep breaths and say to yourself: “I let this desire go. I truly let it go.” Feel your body letting go. Know that you’ll be fine no matter what.

3. Commit. This one is counterintuitive. How can you commit to something and not care about it at the same time? You actually can. Commit to taking action no matter what it takes. But don’t care about the outcome.

4. Live in the present moment. Visualize your goal only as an end result that you wish to reach but think about it lightly, as if you were just seeing a movie. Do it just for fun.

Then return to your present moment and focus on your present moment not allowing yourself to go into worrying about “hows”

5. Decide. Just make a conscious decision to let go and remind yourself about this decision often until it is engrained into your brain.

Do whatever works for you to let go of your attachment to a particular outcome.

Desire it. Want it. Commit to taking action but don’t be attached to the outcome.

Let go. Don’t care.

Remember you are doing it to help yourself with taking consistent action. You are doing it to stop sabotaging yourself. You are doing it to make the fear of failure nonexistent for yourself.

Plus the journey to your goals is going to be so much more fun when you don’t cling to them.

Get to the point of whatever. And take action.

What are you going to let go of today?


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Amit Sodha - The Power Of Choice January 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm

We so think in tandem lana! I have this saying too, ‘no matter the outcome, i will remain happy’ and those words often just allow me to go for it and not worry about how things will turn out!

With regards to point 1 I say to myself, ‘i would so much rather take a chance and know then never take a chance and always wonder!’

Beautiful and very timely post! 🙂
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J.D. Meier January 27, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Action makes things happen.

I’m a fan of giving my best where I have my best to give and that helps me step up to the plate, time and again,
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Avani Mehta January 27, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Good article. Reminded me of a famous quote from Bhagwad Gita. English translation: Do what you are supposed to do, don’t worry about results.

P.S: Stumble upon category for this article comes up as Machinery.
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Kaushik January 27, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Great article. In the Bhagvad Gita, Krishna talks about karma-yoga, which is focusing on present action, and not worrying about the fruit of actions. One way we can do is to release, detaching from thinking and our stored complex of beliefs and emotions, and live in still awareness.

Great insight, thanks!
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Lana January 27, 2010 at 11:01 pm

@Amit, I do that too, I’d rather try something and fail then wonder forever if it would have worked. We do think in tandem:) Thank you for commenting!

@J.D. Action does make things happen, that’s why I am into trying to figure out what would make people actually take that action. Thank you for commenting J.D!
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Lana January 27, 2010 at 11:06 pm

@Avani, thank you for stopping by and commenting, that’s a great quote. hmmm, definitely not machinery, I’ll check it out:)

@Kaushik The state of awareness is the best state ti be in, that’s for sure. Does take lots of practice, but so worth it. Thank you!
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Susan Davis January 27, 2010 at 11:26 pm

What is really powerful is when you are at both points at the very same time! Ask me!!!! 🙂 I love the second point… just letting go and not being attached to the outcome really does free you up and allows things to organically manifest. Just like on the Biggest Loser….. when a contestant gets all stressed out about an aspect of the game.. a fear of something or someone, their body shuts down and they don`t lose weight and in fact can even gain weight. But when just let go, they take the actions necessary without being attached, they can accomplish miracles!
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Jane Haislip January 28, 2010 at 8:09 am

I loved everything about this! “The letting go and don’t care,” is huge for me. In fact, it’s something I’ve been working on. Another area is for me to stop sabotaging myself; which my therapist told me this a couple of months ago. Fear of failure is a biggie for me, so just doing “it”, whatever it is, and not CARING about what others think etc. brings such freedom to me. I loved all of it! Thanks, I needed that one.. Jane

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Marina January 29, 2010 at 4:18 am

Thank you ! It is very helpful information for me !!!!!!!!!! And awesome article ! As always !

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Hulbert January 29, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Hi Lana, I like this article you wrote. Sometimes we get so “fed up” with our worries, doubts, and everything else that goes on that we just take action for the heck of it, and whatever happens, happens. Great post!
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Stephen - Rat Race Trap January 30, 2010 at 4:01 pm

This is wonderful Lana.

“You know that you’ll be fine either way-whether you reach the goal or you don’t.”

I once wrote a blog article called “You cannot choose the wrong path” which articulated the same idea. We are too attached to outcomes and in a complex and changing world we cannot always control the outcomes.

Well done!

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aDeeb January 31, 2010 at 2:06 am

Looking at where we maybe in the future as a results of our actions and in-actions, is a great way to get things done.
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Nimit Kashyap January 31, 2010 at 11:40 am

working with persistence without loosing focus can make all things possible.
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Lana January 31, 2010 at 9:23 pm

@Jane, thank you for your comment and I am so glad you found this post helpful!

@Susan exactly action without fear and attachment can produce miracles! Thank you for commenting!
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Lana January 31, 2010 at 9:24 pm

@Marina, thanks dear, glad you liked it:)

@Hulbert, exactly whatever happens, happens, at least you’ll know you tried.

@Stephen so true we can’t always conrol the outcome, but we can allow ourselves to not be controlled by it.
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Anastasiya January 31, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Hi Lana, this is a great list that you have given at the end of your post. Your idea of “whatever” is really powerful and I am sure that it can make life so much simpler.
The fear of failure is the worst feeling that we can develop and this feeling (as you have said) can sabotage the best intentions and goals. Thanks you for this post. It was great as always 🙂
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Marc Winitz February 1, 2010 at 5:06 am

Hi Lana,

This is an interesting view and theoretical process as one potential way to deal with “whatever”. And I think this will work for some people. I also think that for most people when they get to the “whatever” state they simply don’t know what are the right steps to take in order to progress some action. It is almost as if they are paralyzed. Yet the problem is not severe enough that it forces them to think about making change or doing it (as their back is not against a wall to your first point in the post). You are saying “Take Action” and I agree, yet there are some that simply don’t know where to start. Perhaps a followup post with some tangible examples of real problems might be useful.//Marc

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Lana February 1, 2010 at 7:51 am

Hi Anastasiya, thanks fo commenting as always:) the fear of failure is an awful feeling and I found that point of whatever helps wonderfully in fighting it.
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Lana February 1, 2010 at 7:55 am

Hi Marc,

Oh, Clarity…I’ll definitely write a post about it. What I was discussing in this post reffered to people who are pretty clear about what they want and what action they need to take to get it.

They are simply afraid to fail or to go out of their comfort zones to actually go do it. They do want it thought and want it bad, so all they need is to get rid of the fear.

Fear usually comes from attachment to the outcome. That’s what point of whatever is all about. It helps tp get rid of attachment, then get rid of fear and then take action as a result.
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Baker February 10, 2010 at 5:41 am

Hello. I recieved a lot of value from this post. This reaminds me of books by Abraham Hicks, are you familiar with their work? They speak about the process you mention here. It’s all about taking action on your joy, and moving in that joy. This joy comes from first intending for joy, thus creating your own reality. I appreciate how well you described this process. I enjoyed this post.

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Hohn October 3, 2011 at 11:26 pm

nice article and simple explained, however, the two points of changing direction you mention here – they dont work if someone is burned out. Some people work themselves down, stress in private life, finanncial problems – a self destructing mode. At one point, it goes further and further down as the body can not support the mind. The mind can not excist allone, it needs a healthy body to support it. I was burned out to a very bad state, many years – I wish nobody this experience, it is almost impossible to get out of the situation you are in… allone..;)

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Anu February 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Does this also work with relationships? If you think you like/want someone but you’re letting it go and just accepting the feelings… what if doing this is distancing that person from you?

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