Tuesday, January 6, 2009

How Do Thoughts Rule Your World? Choosing Our Intentions from Mary J. Lore's New Book, MANAGING THOUGHT

Choosing our Intentions
Many of us just live each day as we did yesterday and do not think about what we want or what can be the greater good of each moment. Often we think about what we desire. To achieve what we want, however, requires more than just want and desire. It requires intention. Intention is the spark that ignites the flame of desire and burns it into reality.

Do you have a written vision statement or intention for your organization or your family? For your role in your organization or your family? For yourself? Your life? Your career? Your relationship with your children, your direct reports, your customers, your boss, your marriage, your education, your well-being?

When we are clear on our intentions, we achieve clarity of purpose. We are clear on what matters to us, on what we value. By being continually mindful of our intentions, we transform our relationships, our lives, our families and our organizations and live the lives we intend. This chapter details with examples and stories, 9 Rules of Thumb on Creating Your Intention:

1. Frame your intention proactively.
2. State your intention in its highest way.
3. Frame your intention in the active, present tense.
4. Focus your intention on “being” rather than “doing.
5. State the good that you do as you are living your intention.
6. Allow yourself to imagine your intended reality with as many of your senses and emotions as possible.
7. Write your intention down.
8. Read your intention out loud and notice how you feel.
9. Think your vision as often as possible. State your intention as often as possible. Write your intention as often as possible.

For more information about how to purchase Mary J. Lore's new book, please visit her website http://www.managingthought.com/


Mary J. Lore is an internationally recognized leader, executive mentor, public speaker and the author of Managing Thought: How Do Your Thoughts Rule Your World? She is the founder and CEO of Managing Thought, LLC, which helps individuals and organizations develop self-awareness and change how they think and conduct business to attain long-lasting success.

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