How many times in yoga class have you been asked to set an intention? And there you stood without a single thing coming to mind? Or worse a thousand things coming to mind and no idea which of them to choose?
Well, here's the nuts and bolts of an intention. The physical benefits, the mental benefits, the emotional benefits all add up when the intention is correctly worded, in proper tense and within reason!
Take for example if I set my intention, "I want a white Porsche tomorrow."
First of all, "correct wording" means stating wants is a little egregious, when we set our intentions, they should be relative to gratitude, necessities, or absolutions. Second of all, "proper tense"; (although for some of us this seems pretentious) means our intention should actually be in the present tense, one states their intention with the conviction that it is already true. And lastly, "within reason", implies we set our intention to reflect something that is actually conceivable.
In context this would mean that the above intention would actually be "I drive a safe car". (a need, present tense, and within reason)
This is not to say that if the miracle befall us, and a white Porsche would land in my driveway tomorrow, that would be quite a sight, and I would be beyond words. But, rather that we set in motion the Physical action of moving toward the goal, it shifts us, and we start noticing, hmmm, "I'll forgo the coffee today so that I can set aside a money jar for a better car," it changes our mental game as we start to see the world as a more call and answer life style, even within ourselves, and it changes us spiritually, when we get to the end place and we are now driving a safer vehicle.
The understanding is that we state it in present tense UNTIL it (our intention) actually becomes our present.
Keep your intentions simple, stick with one, until you find it, change it in times of great need, go back to old ones when they fade, use intentions to INTENTIONALLY change your present!