Ep 98: Running to intention

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It’s easy to make plans and draw lines in the sand with our intentions. But our world doesn’t change until we start running. To move forward, we have to take action.

I was confronted with that reality last week while waiting for a storm that, thankfully, never came to South Florida. But it gave me the time and space to reconsider my intentions – and resolve to run with intention.

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Ep 98: Running to intention

Hi I’m Lori Miller and this is your Mental Health Moment.

I ran across this quote from John Maxwell just this morning;

“The world is not made better by our intentions; it is made better by our intentional actions.”

Much of what we aspire to do and what we want our life to be revolves around our actions. We can read awesome, inspirational books and come up with really tight plans.

But until we start running, we won’t actually get anywhere.

When I struggle with inaction, I sometimes think of that scene in the movie Forrest Gump when Forrest decides to start running. After the devastating departure of his precious Jenny in the middle of the night, Forrest decides to fall back on the one thing he had been known for most of his life: running.

He didn’t give it much thought, he just started running, and kept going. Across the country, for several years.

On his journey, when someone asked him how he kept going, he simply said,”When I got tired, I slept. When I got hungry, I ate. When I had to go, you know, I went.”

Just go. It’s really just that easy, but also that hard.

We live in a world of constant distraction that seeks to get us to stop running for a minute, or wants to take us down a different road. If we’re going to be able to handle our stress more effectively, we have to get a grip on our ability to focus.

We’ve allowed the power of technological advancement to steal that from us.

We have to take the time to perform intentional actions.

There’s just no getting around it.

Over the past week I’ve been challenged in a few areas while waiting for the possibility of a powerful hurricane at my doorstep. It kind of stopped my wheel from spinning for a few days and totally upended my schedule. I had the mental space to ask myself a few questions:

  • What am I really trying to accomplish?
  • What specific actions am I willing to take move forward?
  • What will I commit to regardless of how I feel?

There’s so much that buzzes around our heads today. Some of it is good. Much of it is pointless.

Most of our stress comes from our unwillingness to shift our attention to what’s important.

To focus on what will truly make change in our lives. Many of us are simply unwilling to make that tradeoff, to ensure that we use our precious attention to accomplish what we value most.

This past week I leaned into my own struggles with busyness and focus, and made a few decisions. So that quote from John Maxwell this morning was like a little spark to challenge me.

Decisions are great, but now what are you going to do?

I’m going to start running toward intentional actions. I’m excited and terrified all at the same time.

It will mean a few changes for sure. But isn’t that the point? To create the value you want to see in your life, you have to do something different than what you’ve done before.

How will you run toward your intentional actions this week?

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Ep 97: Wait for it…

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Still waiting for Hurricane Dorian. 😬 It’s been quite a test for us here in South Florida. Waiting is a test on a few levels.

Here are a couple of things you can gain from a season of waiting.

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Ep 97: Wait for it...

Hi. I’m Lori Miller and this is your Mental Health Moment.

Well, we are still waiting on Hurricane Dorian. I’ve spent most of my life on the Gulf Coast of Texas and the Atlantic Coast of Florida so I know how to hurricane.

  • You learn how to wait in long lines at Walmart.
  • You learn how to wait for gas.
  • You wait a little longer for a sub sandwich because everybody had the same easy idea you did for dinner.
  • You refresh your devices like a mad dog just waiting for the next official hurricane update.

This is all part of the waiting boot camp of hurricane season.

But this storm is pushing everyone’s buttons.

The waiting is intense.

And it’s even worse now that we see some reports out of the Bahamas because we have something tangible to go by now.

It looks bad there, and every report coming out of our neighboring islands breaks our hearts.

But we have no choice but to continue to wait.

Have you been through a period like this in your life?

When all you can do is just sit still and see where it goes?

You’re prepared and you’ve covered all your bases. You’re confident in your plan.

But there’s no gate to walk through. No clear way forward.

I think this is one of the more frustrating parts about being intentional and purposeful.

You can only make things happen so much.

At some point you can’t make anything happen, no matter how good your plan or how skilled you are with your stuff.

You just have to wait and see how it goes. You may have to see what the winds bring you to work with.

An intense waiting period is about as stressful as it gets.

How can you weather it with some grace?

First, a waiting period gives you time to consider other things you may normally miss.

I guarantee you more families in South Florida have spent more time together over the past few days than they have in months.

A waiting period gives you time to assess what matters to you and what you want to keep around you.

In a business, a slow time might be the opportunity to consider your marketing strategy instead of just moving your widgets.

In your personal goals, a waiting period might be the time you need to make sure you’ve considered every angle.

This is a blessing you don’t always get when things heat up.

Second, waiting gives you an opportunity to consider the present moments.

I’ve been talking a lot about that lately because most of us spend our time way out in the future, worrying about things that aren’t even on the radar yet.

Waiting can give you the time to look around and focus on where you are right now. What can you do with what you have right now?

What if the thing you’re waiting for doesn’t come? What then?

Can you engage the moment you’re in right now? You’ll kick yourself later if you don’t.

Lastly, waiting is a gift.

We move so hard so fast that we just glance by the opportunity to sit still and just be in the life you’re in right now. Anything unexpected can be a gift if you reframe your perspective.

This is hard to do when you’re anxious to just get this thing going already. But there is so much available to you, to work out things in you, if you’ll submit to it.

No one can give you that gift except you. You can choose to get frustrated with all the waiting or you can choose to be grateful for the opportunity to be a little more engaged in your life.

That one’s up to you.

Waiting doesn’t have to be idle time. Use the time when nothing seems to be happening to assess what’s in front of you to make sure you have what you need to face what’s ahead.

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