Intention Deficit Disorder

I expect every client that I work with to come to each session with two things. First, I expect them to be able to tell of two wins or successes from the past week or since the last session. Secondly, I require each client to come to a session with an intention or purpose in mind.

If I client comes to a session without any intention or specific outcome in mind, chances are that we will not make much progress.

An intention is very much like a goal. An intention is what you want to achieve or focus on. It is your goal, purpose, or aim. It’s something you mean to do. Intention starts in your head. It begins as a desire. Then it becomes a thought that you carry with you and focus on to affect change in your life.

Intention is the constant holding of the whys of what you want within your consciousness.

I had a friend once tell me about fly-fishing with his brother. They could be in the same river, even using the same flies and while both were good anglers, my friend would always catch more fish without fail. What was the difference? It was my friend’s constant focus on his intention of being there to catch fish. He was passionate about being there, he knew why he was there, he remained present and part of the process but his focus and intention were on catching fish so he did.

But, what if you lack intention and suffer from intention deficit disorder?

When intentions are clear, everything lines up to make even the most impossible, possible. When you lack intention, you wander aimlessly without meaning or direction. Without intention in your life and in your business, it invites floundering and struggling though mess after mess.

If you were to ask someone who lacked intention what kind of a job they might want, that answer that you most likely will hear from them will be, “Whatever.”

Do you want to leave your life up to just “whatever?” Or, would you rather have direction, and be specific with your feelings and desires?

These are the steps to get clear on your intentions.

  1. Get clear about something you want and write it down. It is as important to write down your intentions, as it is to write down your goals.
  2. Share your intention with someone in a way that will support you and hold you accountable to taking action. Even better, tell many people. That will put you on the hook to be accountable even more.
  3. Do something today to demonstrate your commitment to your intention. Take action! Just as you should never leave the scene of a goal without taking immediate action, the same goes for setting and declaring an intention.
  4. Give yourself credit! Acknowledge that you did what you said you would and then, take the next step.

By setting an intention, you make it clear to yourself and others, just what you plan to do. Set an intention to redefine what it means to be serious about your life, your goals, and your ambitions. Don’t go through life suffering from intention deficit disorder.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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