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Life is a creative process. And we are always creating our lives whether we know it or not. The trick is to stay aware of this fact and use it our advantage. This is where the practice of setting positive daily intentions comes in handy.

It’s been well documented that our intentions, attitudes and beliefs shape our experiences. They direct our thoughts, actions and perceptions. A moment of reflection makes it pretty easy to see this truth.

When our intentions are pure, positive and support what’s in our highest good, we create more ease, happiness and growth. When our intentions stem from a lower source, say insecurity, greed or resentment, we create all sorts of drama and trouble in our lives.

The practice of setting positive intentions has been around for centuries. However, the full power and wisdom from this practice only comes through experience. Experiencing is knowing. And when you know how beautifully positive intentions support life, you’ll make it a habit.

To that end, here’s a simple daily practice designed to help you access more of your creative powers. Give it a try for 10 days and you’ll quickly see the connection between your intentions and your experiences. (Even better, do it with a friend and compare notes.)

  1.  Set a positive intention first thing in the morning.
  2.  Write it down. Carry it with you. Read it to remind yourself how you are intending to experience life.
  3. Check in at the end of the day and make a list of the experiences that reflect your intention.
  4. Repeat for 10 days. Then, look back at your notes and enjoy what you see.

“Our intention creates our reality.” –Wayne Dyer

Get good at living®,

Maryanne O'Brien

Marianne O’Brien is the author of The Elevated Communicator: How to Master Your Style and Strengthen Well-Being at Work. Visit her online at

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  1. Positive intention and the integrity of actions are the building blocks of a successful life style.
    They are sources of living courageously and productively. They are the developers of all kind and strong human qualities. They are the empathetic response to the voice of universe.
    “Ethics is the art of living well”

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