When we choose our intentions and are mindful, we achieve clarity of purpose. We are clear on what matters most to us, on what we value.
Do you have a written vision statement or intention for:
- Your practice?
- Your role in your practice?
- Your relationship with your staff?
- Your relationships with your clients, suppliers, investors, colleagues?
- Your life? Your career? Yourself?
- Your relationship with your family? Your role in your family?
- Your marriage, education, livelihood, well-being, success?
- Your vacation, the home or car you hope to buy, a conversation, an activity, a sales call, an acquisition, or a meeting?
We can set vision statements and choose our intentions and purpose for any aspect of our being. You can intend:
- Fulfilling my dreams.
- Helping my staff fulfill their dreams.
- How I market, how I sell.
- How I train, how I evaluate performance.
- How I lead
- The example I wish to set
- The culture I wish to create
- Being of highest and best service to my clients, staff, investors, suppliers, children, parents, and humanity.
- Being richly rewarded
- Making a difference
- Being a loving partner to my spouse.
- Being a guide and mentor to my children or my direct reports.
- Being open, receptive, and kind in a conversation
- Using interactions as a source of learning about myself and others.
And then, before you say or do anything, ask yourself, “What can I say or do in this moment to BE my highest vision of myself?” Before you make a phone call or respond to a comment, before you join a meeting or have a conversation, or before you open the door when you come home from work, exhale and inhale deeply. Remind yourself of your intention, your vision and wonder “What can I say or do that moves me another step toward creating my highest vision of me?”
With practice, taking the breath becomes natural for you. With practice, reminding yourself of your intention and asking yourself how you can think and behave in a manner consistent with your intention also becomes natural for you. With practice, you are able to think these powerful thoughts just as quickly and naturally as your old thoughts.
When we choose our intentions and are mindful, we achieve clarity of purpose. We are clear on what matters most to us, on what we value. We stop “re-acting” to colleagues, clients, family members, staff, and situations and start creating what we wish to create. Our thoughts, strategies, goals, plans, actions, and reactions are focused on what is truly significant. We become inspired. We achieve significant results. We transform our relationships, our families, and our organizations.
How could you live with intention? How could you lead with intention?
For more on information on conscious, meaningful living and leading with purpose:
- Read or listen: Focus on What You Want, Not What You Don’t Want
- Read: What’s Your “I Have a Dream” Speech?
- Watch video: Powerful resolutions, intentions, and affirmations to create a life well-lived.
Last modified: October 15, 2013