Why your intentions need your attention

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My intention with each of these posts is that you’re challenged to interrupt the noise and routine in your life, just for a moment, to think more deeply about what really matters in life… your relationship with yourself and with others in your professional and personal life.

Action Summary

  1. Get clear on why you intend to do what you intend to do, and how it will impact others
  2. Investing attention into your intentions builds more trust in your life

The WHY:

How much attention are you giving to your intentions? Your intentions are far more than simply what you intend to do. Your intentions are also being consciously and mindfully aware of why you intend to do something. Even more importantly, your intentions when acted upon (applied intentions), will impact you and others and have a direct relationship to the level of trust you have in your life.

Of course I’m referring here to applied positive intentions (if you’ve got intentions for others that are not based on the premise ‘first do no harm’, stop reading – this isn’t something you’ll be interested in).

Your intentions need your attention because when you have a mindful and conscious awareness (attention) of your intentions, you can become more intentional about your promises. You need to be consciously and mindful aware of the promises you’re making – what can you promise and what can’t you promise people in your professional and personal relationships?

Once your attention is increased on your intentional promises, this will make it easier for you to be more attentive in deciding upon your intentional actions – on doing the things you need to do to live up to and deliver on your promises.

With attention increased on your intentions, your promises and your actions, you’ll also be able to be more attentive to the results in your professional and personal life … and whether your actions, promises and intentions have delivered on the results you desire for yourself and for others.

Your intentions are the foundation to building your confidence for self-trust, your courage to trust in others and your combined competence and character to earn others’ trust. Investing more attention to your intentions is indeed an investment well worth making.

Let me conclude with this quote from Jose Gasset:

“Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.”

My best to you for now and remember when you intentionally improve the life of others in your professional and personal relationships, you set up the power of reciprocity … what you give out, you get back.

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