I have been thinking a lot lately about what it takes to be an intentional human. What is the foundation of clear intention? I believe that the answer lies in our humanity. Without the attributes of our humanity intention often morphs into goal setting without consideration of outcomes. This blatant action may get results that are aligned with our goals and yet at what cost? This is willful intent as it does not come from an inclusiveness that asks, "How will this affect?" Being willing to ask how one's action may serve is a fundamental practice. It really involves bringing a level of awareness to each action. Since it is a lot easier to operate with a kind of target lock in regard to goal setting, it may feel a little uncomfortable to add in this extra step. The cool part is that it gets easier with practice and will likely lead to some pretty satisfying outcomes.
Most people don't realize how subtle the creation process really is. I for one have equated my ability to get things done with willpower. The harder I worked the more I would accomplish and I often had difficulty asking for help. That felt vulnerable and I didn't want to go there. The problem with doing it my old way, is that was too easy to be led astray. Yes, by other people, but mostly by myself and a process that was far too focused on external goals. The picture is seldom clear at first, so we have a tendency to project what we want to see on it. Maybe it's not as much a picture as a feeling sense. I truly allowed my heart and gut to guide me through this process of collaborating with people in the design of this site. Perhaps the most challenging practice I have ever engaged in.
About the Author
Behavior Change Coach and Author James Barfoot CHt holds certifications as a Master Practitioner of NLP and is a Clinical Hypnotherapist who is registered to practice in Washington State. He developed The Primal Toolbox a behavior change and coaching strategy based on a tribal models. James lives in Spokane WA.