“Setting your intentions is like drawing an arrow from the quiver of your heart.”
—Bruce Black, American writer, teacher, and poetry judge
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The modern expression, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions” is a proverb first published in the mid 1800s in Henry G. Bohn’s Handbook of Proverbs. An alternative form is, “Hell is full of good meanings, but Heaven is full of good works.”
In 2004, Dr. Wayne Dyer published The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way, which is one of my personal favorites.
What are your intentions for 2020?
How many heart-based efforts do you intend to realize, personally and professionally?
How may arrows will you let fly?
“If you can’t be a pencil to write anyone’s happiness, then try to be a nice eraser to remove their sadness.”
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When was the last time you tried to cheer someone up? When was the last time your friends and family tried to pencil a bit of happiness into your world?
Although well intentioned, many of these efforts don’t do the trick and can sometimes backfire, leaving others feeling worse. In such cases, perhaps a “less is more” approach can act as an eraser to lighten the burden.
Where and with whom could your simple presence, care, and a loving shoulder to lean on be the way to support those experiencing sadness or loss?
“Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.”
—Mark Twain, pen name of Samuel Clemens
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Consider your life as a roll of bathroom tissue.
When you are born you have 1,000 sheets to use. As the days, weeks, months and years pass, you begin to notice the roll is spinning faster. Perhaps you are now closer to the end of the roll than the beginning.
Consider the idea that rather than fretting that some or even many of those sheets have been wasted or lost, you still have the opportunity to make each moment of every day something to joyfully enjoy and celebrate.
How can and will you be far more intentional about making the most of each precious and beautiful day ahead?
“If the pieces do not fit into your puzzle… try a different picture.”
—Cass van Krah, British Artist
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What do you wish to change about your life? Look around your personal and professional worlds to see where things just don’t fit together as you would like.
For a fair percentage of my coaching clients, the focus is often on their current vocational efforts. They feel their current reality and path lack the passion and purpose they desire.
Working on a “Plan B,” in which their strengths, unique abilities, interests, and of course, core values, can be fully expressed has become their quest.
What personal and professional transitions do you wish to make in the next year or two? How can you share this intention with friends, family, mentors, and perhaps a coach, to help you create a new picture for your life?
“Intent reveals desire. Action reveals commitment.”
—Steve Marboli, American Behavioral Scientist
Intention plus action: they are a formidable pair. Together, they have been associated with extraordinary achievements that have moved the world. Take a look around at past, current, and some of the upcoming quantum leaps we are capable of, and try not to be amazed.
On the other hand, when these two qualities stand alone or are completely missing, progress seems to limp along, stop, or even regress.
Where would summoning your most desired intentions and most committed actions help you realize even more of what you wish to achieve in your personal and professional life?
“It’s the second act that has the happy ending.”
—Lisa Alter Mark
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Fairytales, blockbuster movies, memorable sporting events, and of course, award-winning Broadway shows almost always involve a happy ending, leaving the audience uplifted and smiling.
Most of these events take us on a ride that includes challenges, obstacles, and drama, moving us through what is often called The Hero’s Journey.
Where are you in the story of your life?
How are you, as the hero of your journey, writing your own happy ending?
Consider reading Wayne Dyer’s books, The Power of Intention and/or Manifest your Destiny to make your own second act extraordinarily happy.
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
—Mahatma Gandhi, 20th Century Indian Activist
Throughout my professional life, I have learned from personal growth and development thought leaders that, “Thoughts Become Things.”
As Wayne Dyer conveyed in his book Manifest Your Destiny, we all have the ability to influence and create our world through our thoughts, words, and actions.
Where and how can and will you harmonize your thoughts, words, and actions to manifest greater happiness in your world?
Another one of my favorite Wayne Dyer books on this subject is The Power of Intention.
“Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious.”
—B.C. Forbes, 20th Century Scottish-born American financial journalist
Have you ever been duped, cheated, taken advantage of, or just lied to about an important matter?
If you’re like many, it can be the cause of anger, frustration, and sometimes even embarrassment.
What is the cost of being too trusting?
What is the benefit of assuming positive intentions by those around us?
Unfortunately, many people become increasingly suspicious and take a “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me” perspective, building an “I’m No Fool” wall around themselves.
Where and with whom would an Assume Positive Intention (API) perspective make the biggest difference in your personal or professional world?
FRIDAY REVIEW: INTENTION
What intentions have you set for your day, your week, or your life? Here are a few intention-related posts you may have missed. Click the link to read the message.
“A lot can happen in a year.”
“Follow that Dream!”
“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.”
“There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.”
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How crystal clear is your life path?
How certain are you of your personal or professional priorities?
How often do you not only experience clarity in these areas, but also share your intentions with others in your world?
Give yourself a Grade – A, B, C or a score of 100%, 90%, 80% on down, on the “Walk Your Talk” scale. Make sure to be fair and objective in your assessment.
How pleased are you with your rating?
In what situations is it time, personally or professionally, to put on your working shoes – maybe even running shoes – to pursue the path destined for you? If you need a bit of support with this exercise, consider spending more time with people who always walk their talk and consistently travel their own life paths.