Word-Of-the-Week #754: Intention

January 17, 2019 by · Comments Off on Word-Of-the-Week #754: Intention 

Intentiona course of action that one intends to follow.

Is the life you’re living satisfying and fulfilling? Is there any part you would like to change? Are your personal and business relationships as harmonious as you would like?

I sent this over seven years ago and felt compelled to revisit it since we are at the start of a brand new year. Steve Strauss, author of STEVE’S 3-MINUTE COACHING writes, “Occasionally you hear, ‘I’ve set an intention.’ Or, ‘I have a powerful intention.’ Or, ‘My intention is strong.’ Or even, ‘The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.’ In this light intentions sound like something you do, actions on your part. There’s another view.

Intentions simply are. They are to be discovered, not set, played with, not labored over. Intentions serve you rather than the other way around. If this is so, what sort of shift might you make? And why would you?  

Where do intentions come from? They come from a soft, gentle, quiet place. They come from your life purpose, your journey, the why-you’re-here place.

Can you make an intention up and then work at it really hard? Sure. But that’s probably based on some unmet need, a perceived ‘missing’ in your life, or some other feeling of not having enough. You’re using an intention to try to accomplish something which may not even be related to what your life is really about. Visit with some old people to learn the wisdom of this. They tell stories of efforting toward what turned out to be empty outcomes. 

A real intention is much cleaner than that. And simpler. Intentions come from your future, the unfoldment of your journey. Intentions pull you toward them. Intentions encourage.  

Useful goals, desires, and objectives each probably have an embedded intention. Discover the intention within and let it guide.

Coaching Point: Have you yet learned to listen to the soft voice of your intentions?”

Copyright 2011 Steve Straus. All rights reserved 

I don’t know about you but the first week of the New Year was crazy busy for me. While I am not complaining it reminds me that when I am well prepared ahead of time it makes for a lot less stress and more FUN! So that is one on my intentions for 2019.

This week is about creating an intention. Do you know what your life purpose is? What course of action do you intend to follow to make that happen? The clearer and more specific you are regarding an intention makes it that much easier to achieve!

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WOW Word-Of-the-Week #385: Intention

December 21, 2011 by · Comments Off on WOW Word-Of-the-Week #385: Intention 

Intention – a course of action that one intends to follow.

Is the life your living satisfying and fulfilling? Is there any part you would like to change? Are your personal and business relationships as harmonious as you would like?

I saved this S T E V E ‘ S….3 – M I N U T E…. C O A C H I N G and think it’s a very timely and profound message. He writes, “Occasionally you hear, ‘I’ve set an intention.’ Or, ‘I have a powerful intention.’ Or, ‘My intention is strong.’ Or even, ‘The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.’ In this light intentions sound like something you do, actions on your part. There’s another view.

“Intentions simply are. They are to be discovered, not set, played with, not labored over. Intentions serve you rather than the other way around. If this is so, what sort of shift might you make? And why would you? “

“Where do intentions come from? They come from a soft, gentle, quiet place. They come from your life purpose, your journey, the why-you’re-here place.”

“Can you make an intention up and then work at it really hard? Sure. But that’s probably based on some unmet need, a perceived ‘missing’ in your life, or some other feeling of not having enough. You’re using an intention to try to accomplish something which may not even be related to what your life is really about. Visit with some old people to learn the wisdom of this. They tell stories of efforting toward what turned out to be empty outcomes.”

“A real intention is much cleaner than that. And simpler. Intentions come from your future, the unfoldment of your journey. Intentions pull you toward them. Intentions encourage.”

“Useful goals, desires, and objectives each probably have an embedded intention. Discover the intention within and let it guide.”

“Coaching Point: Have you yet learned to listen to the soft voice of your intentions?”

Copyright 2011 Steve Straus. All rights reserved

This time of year can be stressful with all of the business and social commitments. My intention is to have them be as harmonious as possible! This week’s focus is on intention. Are your intentions serving you? Do you know what your life purpose is? What course of action do you intend to follow to make that happen?

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“My intention is to have Christmas dinner with 30 to 40 people at my house be as stress-free as possible. Thanks for “Word of the Week” and your thoughtful explanations that always have good intentions, and that sometimes lead to good intentions in others and by others.” – Elaine

Word Of the Week #24: Intention

April 20, 2009 by · Comments Off on Word Of the Week #24: Intention 

Intention: what one proposes to do or accomplish.

Is there anyone out there that fears or dislikes the word, goal? If so, would you consider creating intentions?

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I set intentions everyday. I intend to do things (my “to do” list) as well as, create things (emotional experiences).

Steve Straus, the 3 Minute Coach says, “Intentions are completely different from wishes or wants. When you intend, you begin to believe in the outcome and expect it to occur. You get help, take action, pay attention to feedback, notice your progress and become accountable. When you intend an outcome, you build an expectation. Thus, the outcome is sure to happen.”

Motive is the inducement to do some act. Intent is the mental resolution or determination to do it. Setting an intention suggests clearer formulation and greater deliberateness.

What intentions would you like to have for your business and personal life? This week think about “the things” and “the emotional experiences” you desire. Write them down and then think about how you can achieve those intentions. Need help? Think about who can help you to accomplish what you intend to do.

Reader Responses

“Thank you for your e-mails. They are encouraging, reinforce me when I’m in doubt, and bring strength. I surely get alot out of them, please continue to send them my way.” — Juliana Calvano

“I have a different take on this one! Intentions are good and fine but they are just that: intentions. I am goal oriented and goal driven. Intentions don’t get me anywhere, they are wishes and dreams and in my world, there is very little time for intentions when it pertains to work. People with good intentions are nice people but not necessarily successful. Thought I can share anything with you, right? Have a great day! PS: I keep a daily updated to-do list, there are no intentions listed, only things I want to accomplish, goals to meet, destinations to arrive at……” — Kurt Bischofberger

“Intention – now that’s a word I’ve heard quite a bit lately, and you’re the first one who’s actually given it a definition . . . thank you! To me, setting intentions is much like making a “to do” list. When I make a “to do” list, I do it with the intention of completing what’s on the list. I love the idea about setting intentions on a much larger scale, for my business and life. This certainly gives me something to think about.” — Terry L. Green