Harnessing the power of your own intention
One of the most powerful ways to manifest your own destiny is through the use of your own intent.
When you have a real purpose, a clear goal, and believe you will do it, you have an intention. Here we are not referring to wishful thinking, longing, yearning or irresolute fantasies. Intention starts with a true decision. I might go so far as to say that you must have a sense of conviction about your idea, whatever it may be.
It could be about any number of things, as we've been discussing in the examination of how to be a force in your own future. It could be simple as in, I intend to stay focused on business and not procrastinate at work today. Or, it could be profound like, I am going to draw joy into my life experience. Or, anything in between. The point is, when you make the choice in your mind or write down your plan or tell a supportive companion: "This is what I will do.", that you mean it.
Once you effectively accomplish that initial step, sometimes remarkable things will happen. (and sometimes they won't---no guarantees--- but, it doesn't hurt to make the attempt!). It can happen that the very thing you propose will be manifested with your only having had to state your intention. Indeed, I have seen this occur. Or it may be that you have to hold and nourish that thought consistently for a long period of time. Sometimes you have to take difficult and repeated actions focused on reaching your goal. In that case, having your eye on the ball will support your effort and keep you from wavering. You can also come up against having to sacrifice something else important to you in favor of your goal. Stay open and ready to seize upon it if something resembling your objective emerges; it does happen that sometimes you get a version of what you set out to manifest; it may look a little different than your original mental image or, on the other hand, it can be exactly as you imagined.
(Another post on a related topic is titled, Charting Your Course)
In Ben Affleck's film, The Town, one of the main characters states an intention about half way through the movie. In this case, the intention meant a huge life change. There were many obstacles thrown in his path. However, he kept repeating his intention, verbalizing it to others as well as making attempts to act upon it. Some of the others were supportive and, some opposed him due to their own self-interests which they viewed as being in opposition to his goal. (This brings to mind a point that some make about this process; it is sometimes recommended that you share your intention with others in your life whom you expect will be encouraging.) The film character, through all of the hurdles put in his way and despite terrific odds against him, remained resolute and unwavering. He kept repeating what his intention was and never gave it up. I won't spoil the movie for you by telling what happened in the end, but this character is an excellent role model for working a personal intention.
Set your sights on what you know is the right next step for you, in your life, and see what happens!