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Paying Attention to Our Intentions

Why 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 by paying attention to our intentions. Yet, it is very hard to bring about significant change without changes in behavior.

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 drink."

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 awareness, to 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 effective leadership.

Effective Leadership

"The 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." *

Self-directed learning 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 change.

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 sticky--building on your strengths and moving you closer to your ideal.

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.

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Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis & Annie McKee (Harvard Business School Press)


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