Paying Attention to Our Intentions
is it so hard to follow through on our resolutions and what
can we do to achieve our goals?
Every year, we gain a clearer understanding that without
positive change, decline is inevitable. The challenge is to
recognize that what we are now tolerating can be reinvented
attention to our intentions. Yet, it is very hard to
bring about significant change without changes in
Powerful countervailing forces appear when we attempt to
engineer positive change. We discover our competing
commitments pull us in opposite directions causing us to
spend a great deal of energy attempting to satisfy each:
"I'm going to lose 20lbs but I really love to eat and
Our overbooked lives and strong immunity to change try
to keep us from relearning deeply ingrained habits. To make
our intention a reality takes personal determination,
practice, repetition and the support of others.
Today, 64% of people in the US say there is not enough
time in the day to get things done. A poor night's sleep and
tight work deadlines adversely affect our work performance.
We turn on the TV to pass the time rather than moving
forward with focused
action to accomplish our good intentions.
Coach John G. Agno
knows that sometimes our thoughts aren't crystal clear and
we can be diverted from our goals. Agno's job is to mentor
and coach people to greater
be on-purpose, build
personal strengths and develop a sense of well-being
which often translates into greater compensation, job
satisfaction and better use of their skills and abilities.
The purpose of mentoring
and coaching tips is to help you pay attention to your
intentions and get to where you want to be.
Research tells us that geniuses of all kinds shared one
mental trait, despite the wide range of their individual
brilliance: They all possessed an exceptional capacity for
sustained, voluntary attention.
To a degree, we all have an innate talent for some
activity. By focusing our attention on building our
individual enduring talents, and applying damage control to
our weaknesses, we can choose to move from satisfactory
performance to excellence. When we know what our signature
talents are and how we might apply them within the
world, the application of attention allows focused energy to
push us toward success. Success happens by persistently
paying attention to your intentions. Persistence comes from
coaching support and encouragement.
Agno coaches people to achieve greater success through
crux of leadership development that works is self directed
learning -- intentionally developing or strengthening an
aspect of who you are or who you want to be, or both."
helps you to discover an ideal vision of
yourself to feel motivated in developing the abilities
necessary to get you where you want to be. That
is, you see the person you want to be---living with
the capability necessary to create and sustain the
new you. This becomes the source of the energy required to
work at the difficult and often frustrating process of
Now that you know where you want to be, the next step is to
look in the mirror to discover
who you actually are now--how the current habits are
making you act, how others view you and what your deep
beliefs comprise. Some of this reflection will represent
gaps between who you are and who
you want to be.
The realization of the gap(s) prepares you for developing an
agenda or plan of action needed for the detailed guidance on
what new rituals to try each day to make the new habit
on your strengths and moving you closer to your
Others help us see things we are missing, affirm whatever
progress we have made, test our perceptions and let us know
how we are doing. They provide the context for our practice
of the new rituals. Although the model is called
self-directed learning, without
others' involvement, lasting change can't occur.
below for self-learning books:
to be successful
becoming a more effective leader
you should do with your
and business coaching
an economic survivor
Leadership by Daniel Goleman, Richard
Boyatzis & Annie McKee (Harvard Business School Press)