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Intention & Action

Thursday July 2, 2015 #737

Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.

~Darryl Anka


This quote, often wrongly attributed to Einstein, is nice way to think about intention and action. I do believe there is an energy and a certain frequency that seems to surround those who consistently succeed and find joy in life.  When combined with positive and consistent action, our intentions can help to attract the people and circumstances necessary for success and happiness.  Find and/or create the frequency that works for you.


August 7, 2015 Posted by | intention, Take Action | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Getting the Best

Thursday June 18, 2015 #733

“It’s a very funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.”

~William Somerset Maugham


Countless books and articles have been written about using the power of intention to get what you want.  But intention alone will never consistently work.  Only intention combined with action and tenacity will produce results.  But action and tenacity without intention is just walking blind.  Intend for the best, act with tenacity, and get what you’re after!

June 28, 2015 Posted by | intention, Take Action | , , , , , | Leave a comment

How We Spend Our Days

Thursday April 16, 2015 #717

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

~Annie Dillard


Our lives are built on a succession of days.  So each day is precious.  Try not to waste today on aimless wandering, or activities that do not enrich you and serve your values and purpose.  Use today to intentionally be the person you want to be, to take actions that help you move toward achieving your goals, and to make a difference in the lives of people around you.

May 9, 2015 Posted by | achievement, intention, Take Action | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vision and Intent

Thursday March 19, 2015 #709

“Things never happen on accident. They happen because you have a vision, you have a commitment, you have a dream.”

~Oscar de la Renta


As you work to achieve the things you want in life – personally and professionally, the key is to have clarity on what you are striving for, and intentional actions to get you there.  As you think about your progress, ask yourself if you are truly clear on how you define success and whether your actions are in alignment with the path to achieve that success.  Is your time being well spent or are you drifting?  It is important to do this status check regularly.  Have and know your vision, stay committed, and act.

April 4, 2015 Posted by | intention, Success, vision | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Tuesday March 17, 2015 #708

“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which have never happened.”

~Mark Twain


I suppose it is just part of being human, but I have come to realize that the time spent worrying about things that may go wrong is an exercise in pure futility.  If you reflect on the many things you worry about, you will know that the vast majority – if not all – of these worries never happen.  The positive aspect of “worry” is that you stay aware of things that could go awry and intentionally take steps to avoid these things.  Beyond that logic though, worry serves no purpose.  The lesson is to be pragmatic and intentionally avoid obvious pitfalls, and to avoid obsessing over things that not only are easily avoidable but are highly unlikely to happen.

April 4, 2015 Posted by | intention | , , | Leave a comment


Thursday October 23, 2014 #672

“Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune in to.”

~Wayne Dyer


You already have so much more than so many – of wealth, of health, and of possibility.  The moment you are able to realize that you begin today from a wealth of abundance, is the moment that you can not only recognize your positive state of being, but also your ability to leverage this abundance for even more for yourself and those around you!

November 10, 2014 Posted by | intention | | Leave a comment

Sustainable Success

Thursday October 9, 2014 #669

“I’ve always been in the right place and time. Of course, I steered myself there.”

~Bob Hope


Why do some people seem to consistently achieve more than others?  I firmly believe there must be a combination of three things:  innate and/or learned talent, an authentic drive to help others succeed, and most importantly, intentional and persistent actions to be ready for any and all opportunities that come their way.  Talent may or may not be natural, but everyone can continuously learn to better themselves.  Consistent success only derives from a true energy around helping others succeed, vs. focusing selfishly on ourselves – this is true leadership.  But neither talent nor leadership ability delivers success without intentional actions.  You can get lucky once or twice, but sustainable excellence is an intentional journey.

October 16, 2014 Posted by | excellence, intention | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Beginnings and Endings

Tuesday September 23, 2014 #664

“The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.”

~Ivy Baker Priest*


Our lives are a series of beginnings, and endings.  All are opportunities for learning and growth – sometimes with sadness, sometimes with joy. But always with value.  At this moment you are in the process of beginning or ending multiple experiences in your personal and professional life.  Are you aware of these moments?  Experiencing them with intention and learning?  Don’t let these multitudes of precious moments pass by without your notice.  Beginnings and endings are indeed our entire life.

*Sitting at a lovely beach bar on Surin Beach in Phuket, Thailand (picture above), I discovered today’s quote on my drinking straw wrapper.  Great quotes can be found everywhere…

October 1, 2014 Posted by | intention | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Thursday August 28, 2014 #657

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”

~Zig Zigler


You know and enjoy those times of inspiration and motivation when you listen to a gifted speaker, read a great book or article, experience a special moment, etc.  But that feeling often doesn’t last.  The key to maximizing our potential is to be in a highly motivated state as often as possible.  This is achieved through repeated activities that motivate us, and more importantly, to open ourselves to the potential for any moment to be inspiring.  Don’t wait for the big moments, and make no excuses.  Motivation lies within our recognition in the inspiring power of intentional daily activities.

August 31, 2014 Posted by | inspiration, intention, motivation | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Direction of Your Dreams

Thursday May 29, 2014 #631

“You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.” ~James Allen


The speed and the quality of your journey to achievement and success are largely determined by how you spend your time and resources.  It is easy to drift into long periods of doing what gives us comfort and pleasure, which could include excessive TV/internet viewing, overindulgence in comfort foods or alcohol, gambling, gossiping and other negative but fun social behaviors, etc.  These are known as controlling desires, because they pull us into their web of comfort but add no value to our quest for achievement.

But it is up to us to decide to limit or even eliminate these controlling desires by focusing on those actions that pull you toward the positive achievements you aspire to.  When our thoughts are dominated by our dreams, it is easier – but still difficult – to ignore the natural pull toward those activities that waste our time and resources.

Start each day with powerful thoughts of what you want to achieve and both what you must do, and what you must avoid today to move you in the direction of your dreams.

May 31, 2014 Posted by | achievement, intention, Pleasure, Take Action | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment