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.
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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