Many of my clients find it hard to make a decision. They weigh up the pros and cons, look at all the options, ask for advice, draw up a plan B, go back to their first choice, keep hesitating.
I always tell them what I was taught: “Make a decision and ensure it’s a good one!”
What’s the difference, you may say? It’s your attitude that changes: when you have decided your decision is the right one, because you chose it to be so, you will do everything to ensure that it is.
Every aspect of your decision can potentially to be ‘for’ or ‘against’ changing. But you are only going to look at the positive side. You are going to confirm you made the right choice.
Try it! Make a decision with the firm intention of making it a good one. And let me know how you get on.
A year-end show always marks the end of our dance class. Taking great pride in my achievements, I showed the video of our performance to a friend. His comment was: Why isn’t anybody smiling?
Offended, I watched the video again and realized that he was right. We were so focused on our routine that we forgot to smile!
During our last club party, we had a second chance to dance for an audience. But this time I was ready. I smiled from ear to ear and shrieked with pleasure every once in a while to make the others smile. The magic potion had worked: technically, we were less precise in our steps. But on the applause meter? – unbeatable!
So here is what I take away from this: The first time, I did my routine with the intention to achieving perfection in my steps.
The second time I went out there to have fun … and to show the audience that we thoroughly enjoy ourselves when tap-dancing. My intention had changed my perception, my performance and, most of all, my positive impact on others (my ultimate purpose!)
What about you? – What are your intentions after summer vacation? What is your ultimate purpose?
In his book “The 7 habits”, Stephen Covey suggests that we do things with a specific intention. For example, reading a book not just for the sake of reading, but with the intention of telling other people about it.
To put it another way, when I attend a seminar with the intention of sharing the content with other people later, my note taking is more detailed and level of attention greater.
You can do sport with the intention of enjoying it with a friend or the intention of losing weight. Your type of involvement in the activity would not be the same.
When you consider things that seem difficult to you today, could it be that they lack intention?
What if you raised your game to the next level by using intention?