An Exercise in Intentionality

by rthieme on May 16, 2016

Write under each heading what spontaneously comes to mind. Don’t censor what you write. Let responses flow until there is nothing else to write. Some responses may overlap.

Return to the exercise until you know you are done (for now) and see where you want to go and what you intend to be, do, and have.

Taking responsibility for your intentions helps the arrow of your life fly toward the target. It’s the difference between riding a horse in the direction it’s going and letting the horse drag you, foot in a stirrup, head bumping down the road.

An Exercise in Personal Intentionality

Communications I need to deliver

Things started and not being worked on

Things being worked on and not completed

Things I want to have and don’t have

Things I want to do and am not doing

Things I want to be and am not being

Things I want to complete and am not completing

Things I have wanted to experience and haven’t experienced

Things I have wanted to have and don’t have

Things I want to stop and am continuing

Things I wanted to be and am not

Things I wanted to do and have not done

Things I have wanted to accumulate and haven’t

Things I wanted to start that I haven’t started

Things I have started that I have not completed

Things that I wanted to change that I am not changing

Things that recur and won’t stop

Things I can’t get started

Things about which I am dissatisfied

Things that are incomplete for me

Things I want to say that I don’t know how to say

Things I want to say that I don’t want to say

Things I want to say that I am afraid to say

Things I want to say that I am embarrassed to say

Something that I am holding on to

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Barry Spinner May 17, 2016 at 7:58 AM

Thanks. This list is very timely for me. Three years into retirement and seeing that some of the initial investments of my time are not where I wish to be heading in the longer term.

(In that regard, duplicate bridge – where we meant in Chicago last August – is now to occupy a much smaller place in my times . At least my summer times.)

B. Deprey May 17, 2016 at 9:56 AM

More on the underlying purpose of the exercise???

rthieme May 20, 2016 at 8:58 AM

pretty much says what it is for – bringing awareness of states of mind from the darkness into the foreground so they become “cognitive artifacts” that can be handled and managed. Once you know what you REALLY intend to do, you can intend to do it the right way – with clarity, purpose, and gusto. Otherwise, it will happen, but maybe not in the way you would like.

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