On Being Intentional

I recently had the privilege to speak to a group of 60+ high school seniors about being Intentional. I realized that I haven’t written about being Intentional for quite a while and wanted to share with you what I shared with the HS Seniors.

No matter what you choose to do or where you choose to go, be Intentional! Consider a definition of Intention as being “a direction, aim or purpose” and you will see how critical it is to have Intention for everything that is receiving your energy. If you are recognizing frustration, resignation or cynicism (which my audience of seniors agreed they were indeed) it is a clear indication that either you are putting your precious energy on areas outside of what is truly important in your life, or you haven’t put your activity into perspective to determine the alignment with your Intentions.

Sometimes you are doing exactly what you need to be doing but you are sensing frustration or overwhelm because of the obstacles that inevitably creep up. Other times you are spinning around in circles and feeling exhausted because you are focusing on precisely everything other than what is important – this is what you could call incoherence.

road-368719_1280There are three steps to leading an Intentional life.

  • First you have to Determine what your Intentions are, of course!
  • The next critical step is to Define those intentions and what they mean for you as an individual. As I pointed out to my audience, we experience a lot of social chaos when we assume that our definition of success is the same as the person next to us.
  • Finally, and most importantly, you have to find small, sweet ways to Demonstrate your Intentions so that you can make the switch from frustration and overwhelm to satisfaction and fulfillment.

There is no small job; we are ALL part of the ecosystem called “life on earth.” When you are feeling small, remember to realign to the Intentions that you are fulfilling and demonstrating by being right where you are. You may want to make changes, but the changes will be easier when you always find a way to align right where you are.

This brief communication is just a quick snapshot of my demonstrating an Intention of being a contributor to my community, which includes you. There is so much more to fully embracing living an Intentional life, running an Intentional business or being part of an Intentional team.

I am here to support you in this endeavor. There is a brief (no obligation) activity that I can send to you to get you started. Just send an email with “Intentional” in the subject line and I’ll get that right to you!