Is Your Attention on Your Intention?

We have heard the saying that “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry,” but what exactly does that mean for us as humans pursuing our greatest dreams and desires? Well, for many, it is a saying that depicts the loss of hope, or ultimate defeat and despair.

So why is it that so many well-intentioned plans end up failing? To best answer this question, I think we should look at where our focus was when we took the specific actions that led to the failed result. Were we focused on the actions themselves, or were we focused on the intention ~ that being, the objective behind the actions? Aha. Perhaps, the plans were not “well-intentioned” after all!

This is where the secret to creating profound results comes in to play. What is this secret, you ask? Let’s dive in to a couple of the many pearls of wisdom I gleaned from my favorite book The Passion Test and see what we can uncover.

1. What you put your attention on grows stronger in your life.

Let’s take a look at what this really means. Where is it that most people put their attention? While I’d venture to say that most of you reading this are visionary leaders, unstoppable in the pursuit of your dreams, you must agree with me that this is not at all the norm, right? You’d likely agree that most people are plodding through life, focusing on all the things they don’t want to happen, and all the reasons their dreams won’t come true.

And when those don’ts and wont’s DO come true, we can quickly look and see that our attention was on our doubts and fears, rather than our strengths and capabilities. It’s the Law of Attraction at work. The bottom line is that every single day, we create our life based on what we give our attention to. It’s a choice, but unfortunately, most people get stuck in the cycle of defeat and despair simply because of where they choose to put their attention.

2. Action keeps attention engaged.

This is really crucial. This is why it is imperative that we are pursuing our passions ~ those things that ignite the insatiable fire inside of us and satisfy our heart’s deepest longings. When our attention is on the fulfillment of our passions, our actions keep our attention engaged!

Don’t get me wrong, I am a HUGE fan of setting goals and working toward them, but an un-escapable truth of life is that circumstances DO change, and to meet the success we desire we must embrace both laser-like focus AND adaptability at the same time. I realize that we spend a lot of time discussing the importance of taking action, but at the end of the day, it is not really action that creates the results we desire. If that were the case, things would happen exactly as we planned them!

However, we know that more often than not, that is not how results come to be. No matter how detailed the plan may be, we set out with our “best laid plans”, only to discover twists and turns in our pre-determined route that require us to either deviate or derail. It is our intention, directed through the process of attention, that creates the results!

This is why it is so important that we remain open at all times. Things simply do not happen the way we thought they would. When we remain attached to our plan we end up stuck, spinning our wheels …. or worse, completely derailed. Yet when we open ourselves to the possibility of something better, we adapt, and find a new direction that gets us back on track. The plan of action is what keeps our attention engaged in the fulfillment of our intentions, and exactly how that manifests is what keeps life exciting and fun! :-)

The most important element of staying open to possibilities lies in our ability to trust. In every moment, we are either in a state of expansion or a state of contraction. This is our internal guidance system at work, and the trick is to really tune in a listen.

When we feel expanded, we are open, connected, loving, compassionate and ready for anything! This is our signal that we are on the right track and it is time to take massive action! On the flipside, when we are contracted, we feel anxious, irritable, angry, tense, disconnected and uncomfortable. This is our signal to step back, take a break and reflect. Unfortunately, many people attempt to push forward while in this contracted state, which is what is happening if you are repeatedly hitting a wall and getting nowhere.

It is only when we can let go of the idea that we are in complete control of everything that happens in our world, that we can open to trust and stay on track to ultimate fulfillment and joy. By learning to relax and turn within when contraction strikes, we give ourselves the chance for new ideas, solutions and opportunities to arise. We begin to see doors where before there were only walls. And when those doors appear, that’s the green light to move forward again, in your renewed, expanded state of action! You are once again unstoppable in the pursuit of your dreams!

This concept is why I’m a fan of going further than simply creating goals, by creating a Personal Strategic Plan. This helps us to understand that there is nothing wrong with changing direction, as long as we are crystal clear about our choices and the world we are creating for ourselves (our intentions). Even if you cannot anticipate everything that will affect your path, you have a much better chance of dealing with it effectively if you’ve thought ahead. I will talk more about the importance of having a Personal Strategic Plan in an upcoming post, but essentially, it is about having a well-thought out process, which produces fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide who you are, where you’re going, what you do, and how, when and why you do it. A Personal Strategic Plan is about bringing immense clarity to your vision, mission, purpose and legacy, and making choices that will positively affect you as you are moving forward on your life path.

The Passion Test sums it up just beautifully, “when you have intention and attention with no tension, the whole process becomes fun!”

Intention ~ Attention ~ No Tension. Now you have in your hands the secret to manifesting anything you truly desire in life! Go forth and prosper! :-)

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48 Responses to “Is Your Attention on Your Intention?”

  1. Very ambitious undertaking, Beth!

    This is a really thorough review of what it takes to end up where you want. So many times we are really not paying attention to what we intend to accomplish. And, as fate would have it, we usually get what we pay for.

    Perhaps the most difficult part of the plan you’ve laid out for us, is to do it all without tension… letting go always seems so difficult when we are all caught up in results and what-if’s and time-lines.

    But holding onto all these anticipations is always more painful than letting go. You can hold onto a rope until your hands bleed, but when you finally let go, the pain goes away. You just have to TRUST where you’ll land.

    Thanks for such a great post, Beth.
    .-= David Merrill´s last blog ..Cash For Blogging: How To Monetize Your Blog & Social Media =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks David. I really was inspired to write this post this morning after getting off the phone with a friend who I was talking with about contraction and expansion. So yes, I know that the No Tension part is the most difficult, but without it we suffer, and that is not really fulfillment, right? Great comments, you are right on.

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  2. Thanks for this timely article. The CEO of my MLM has a saying that I think fits in with what your saying. “The stories in your mind become the stories of your life.” What we intend comes out of what we think. Your work here is much appreciated.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Your CEO is right on with this one, thanks Nelson!

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  3. Beth,
    Perfect timing with this post. I have reached a point where I have to push through some things that have come up that are testing my resolve. Because you’ve reminded me of the no tension – I can move through these without pinching and blocking off the flow.

    Thanks for the message to move back into alignment with my passion goals.
    Val
    .-= Val Wilcox´s last blog ..Which Bridge in Life to Use… =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Seems my post is well timed for a few of you. That is always how it goes, right? :) Glad to know that I could assist in keeping you in the flow, Val ~ I hope you get to the other side of this test as smoothly as possible!

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  4. Nice summary, Beth. Right on about having a personal strategic plan. Your plan is your compass to help steer you as you navigate through your daily business.

    Like you said, it doesn’t mean you don’t make changes, you should because it means you’re thinking, as long as you are moving forward, towards your goals :).

    Janette Stoll
    .-= Janette Stoll´s last blog ..What’s the Secret to Attracting and Sponsoring More Prospects? =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hi Janette ~ Yes, our plan is our compass ~ I completely agree. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  5. Beth,
    You have taken on something that is very Big. The Passion Test is a great book and you have done an admirable job of cover one of the key elements to achieving what we want in life.

    Having a clear focus on our intention is not an easy thing to do. Let only maintain diligently. Yet knowing your intention is key.

    Getting off track and banging your head against the wall is no fun. Forcing, pushing and extra effort won’t get you there. Staying patient and being open to allow and trust the process is the key you have given us. Thank you for that.

    I look forward to you Stategic Plan post.
    .-= Don Enck´s last blog ..Do You Love Your Competition? =-.

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  6. Dear Beth,

    This a lovely post. In my younger years, I had to be in control and I powered through everything. Life is so much better now that I am able to let go of more things. I have discovered that the universe has much better plans for me than I could ever have for myself!

    You are so fortunate to possess this great wisdom, so early in your life.

    Fondly,

    Mentor Mama

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Nancy ~ glad you found your way there! You are always such a great source of wisdom and inspiration!

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  7. Beth,
    I heard for a long time “Energy flows where focus goes” to me it’s like driving a car you have to keep your head in the direction that you are traveling or you will hit something.
    Great post
    Garth

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    bethallen Reply:

    So true, thanks Garth!

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  8. Aloha Beth,

    That’s one of my favorite sayings too! Is your attention on your intention. Very cool Beth!

    Thank you for going into so much detail of action and then trust. And definitely all with ease… :)

    Aloha,
    Kellie :)
    .-= Kellie Hosaka´s last blog ..Are You Afraid Of How Fast Things Are Changing Around You? =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Of course it is Kellie, are we not always in sync? :)

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  9. So true Beth! The best of intentions will never manifest to reality without our action employed! “Attention on Your Intention” – One of my new favorite saying!
    .-= Julianna Brower´s last blog ..The Offense Trap- Dont Take The Bait =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Glad you liked it, Julianna! :)

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  10. Hey Beth,

    Very important message you share here today. I have been reading lots lately all of which point back to giving our intentions our full attention.

    I think many people get caught up thinking that their intention is to make lots of money, without drilling down and placing focused attention on the strategic actions that need to happen to make this reality.

    Its easier to concentrate when we have a plan. I have taken a very disciplined view over the last 6 week only to concentrate on 3 things to do a day with my business a day.

    It makes things much more manageable and means that I don’t get overwhelmed but everything I need to do.

    Thanks for the post,
    Beth :-)
    .-= Beth Hewitt´s last blog ..De-Cluttering for Clarity =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Glad to hear that you’re created a plan that is effective and manageable! Yes, it is so much easier to have a strategic plan, and having it be focused on something bigger than the money is definitely essential. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Beth!

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  11. Beth!

    I don’t think we can say this enough. I meet people all the time who think that we can just get things by only thinking/focusing on them…action NEEDS to take place and without it nothing really is gonna happen…period! :) Thanks for the great content!
    .-= Eleni Liapakis´s last undefined ..Response cached until Mon 3 @ 5:51 GMT (Refreshes in 23.84 Hours) =-.

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  12. I like #1 in the post. “1. What you put your attention on grows stronger in your life.” When we are young we may not be hanging around people with the best influences. Not just socially, but even family and friends who say or at least project the thought that, “You can’t do that.”

    My Father said it best. “You become who you hang with.”

    Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Chris Kilber´s last blog ..Multi-Purpose Your Content =-.

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  13. Love this!!!I agree with Chris.I like number 1.That is very true. Action is important.Things don’t happen just because we think about it. Thanks Beth!
    .-= Beverly Monical´s last blog ..Interview With Perry Lawrence aka Ask Mr Video =-.

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  14. Beth,

    This is really an awesome post.

    Attention on your Intention. That is powerful just in the title alone.
    .-= Bill Hartman´s last blog ..Day 30 of 30 Day Challenge =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Glad you liked it, Bill! :)

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    Chris Kilber Reply:

    The title reminds me of the old Kenny Rodgers song named Just Dropped In to See What Condition My Condition Was In

    Bet you didn’t know Kenny Rodgers sand psychedelic music back in the 60′s!
    .-= Chris Kilber´s last blog ..Life’s Passions and Monkey Business =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    That’s funny, Chris. Yep, I guess that pretty much sums it up. :)

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  15. BRILLIANT Beth!

    Love the post and the title. I’m going to use that today, giving your intention attention! Thanks Beth!
    .-= Ryan Yokome´s last blog ..Why Having Inspiration, Mentorship, And A Clear Vision Will Motivate YOU and YOUR Team =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    You’re welcome Ryan ~ enjoy!

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  16. Beth -One of my favorite parts of this message is that you have to keep taking action in order to focus your attention on your intention. You can plan all you want to but if you never take action, those plans don’t have a chance:)

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes, action is what keeps our attention engaged! :) Thanks Glyna!

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  17. Beth,
    Wow. I always find so much value from your posts. I have personally spent the last several years of my life using a personal strategic plan – I have both a short range (one year) and a long range (five year) plan. I find it crucial to keeping my focus and my goals in front of me so that I don’t get thrown off track by all the things that come forward as distractions. (And there are many of those).

    I especially like what you said here: “It is our intention, directed through the process of attention, that creates the results!” That is a powerful statement. I want to write it down and post it near my work area, in fact…I think I’ll do just that!

    Thank you for being you!
    Krista

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    bethallen Reply:

    I appreciate that, Krista! Yes, there are many distractions, especially as a home based business owner ~ I truly think that’s where most people falter. Not knowing where to go and not figuring out how to hold themselves accountable! Thank you for being you too! :)

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  18. Beth,

    I really love this post because sometimes we are not really aware that where our focus goes attracts back into our life. Our attention can create success and/or failure and once we grasp that we can literally change our life for the better. This was great!

    Lori

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    bethallen Reply:

    I’m glad you enjoyed this post, Lori. Yes, where we put our attention definitely defines our success or failure ~ the power is in our own hands!

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  19. You are right on my friend. I used to be so attached to things going a certain way and I was often miserable. Learning to let go and ride the waves but stay on intention and attention is a simple and wonderful way to put it. Thanks for the insightful article.
    .-= Mark Hiatt´s last blog ..Networking Lessons Learned From Leads Groups-Part 3 =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    You are most welcome, Mark! :) Let go and ride the waves while staying on intention and attention. Love that.

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  20. Beth, this is an awesome post. What really stood out for me, is your following about action: “I realize that we spend a lot of time discussing the importance of taking action, but at the end of the day, it is not really action that creates the results we desire. If that were the case, things would happen exactly as we planned them!”

    What a great explanation about action. As you say it is not our action that creates but our focus. Action is the way we harvest or accept the results of creation.

    Perry A Davis Jr
    Music City USA
    Perry A Davis Jr´s last blog post ..5 thoughts as to why not call your friends- family and people you know as – your “Warm Market

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thank you so much, Perry. Yes, taking action is absolutely essential, but I think so many people get lost in the “I have to do XYZ…” and forget the underlying reason WHY…the intention is what creates the results! And it is our actions that keep our attention engaged on those intentions! :) I’m so glad you enjoyed my post, and thanks for stopping by!

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  21. Your post gives both informative and useful advice,and to that I would add that many people have a problem even setting an intention, to them I would say to start with some resistant free words like “Wealth” and “Success”. Get your mind used to hearing these positive words, and it won’t be long until you can individually intent something like, “I choose success for myself today”.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks, and great tips you’ve added here on setting intentions with resistant free words. Our language definitely shapes our mindset, and our mindset shapes our level of success and fulfillment. So definitely important, thanks for visiting and contributing with this great comment!

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  22. Fear and anxiety are absolute killers of focus and belief. Lose the fear with action. Action gets results … maybe not immediately, but results will materialize. I think the best part of your post is about the importance of taking action. Be willing to adapt as the situation requires, but persist to the big-picture vision, and never let go of the big picture vision.
    Jason Michaels´s last blog post ..4 Key Types of Panic Attacks Treatment

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes, they definitely are! You can lose the fear with action, yes, but it is often the fear that stops the action! That is why you have to first stand in faith ~ because as I’ve said, fear and faith cannot exist in the same space at the same time! You are right on ~ results require a steadfast vision, consistent and persistent action, and a willingness to adapt where needed. Thanks for visiting, Jason!

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  23. Hi Beth

    I just found your blog today, and it really resonated. I spend far too much time doing things other than the very things I need to be working on! I’m not sure what it is, but the more I think about it I am beginning to wonder whether it is a fear of success! It’s like I overthink absolutely everything, to the point where I actually get nothing done. Your comments about trust and opening up to the inner guidance system is something I could really do with working on.

    Thanks again. This is a great post. Very inspirational

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Leigh! I know how much I love finding blogs that just land with something I needed to hear at that moment, so am glad I could provide that for you. :) Fear of success is a big one for a lot of people. Will you have time for anything else? The energy to sustain it? Will you live up to people’s expectations? etc….these are all common thoughts and the answer is, you will/ can if you BELIEVE you will/ can! It takes belief in yourself AND the difference you are making, unwavering commitment, passion, persistence, drive….and yes, TRUST. You might want to explore my archives ~ a post on fear I wrote a while back might really resonate with you, as with some others. Best of luck to you on your journey to success!

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    Jimmy Reply:

    I can relate to the fear of success! I am like my worst enemy. Sometimes I have to force myself to push forward and ignoor all the shiney objects. Somewhere inside that fear tells me to stop – don’t go any further. Most of the time I don’t even know the fear is there and has taken over.
    Sorry to get off topic Beth. Great article.
    Thanks
    Jimmy

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  24. Beth,
    thanks for the wonderful, and I mean wonderful. I have been involved with network marketing… struggled and am still working, but having difficulty having a success story that lasts. This timely article is a great reminder of being able to pursue our passion with flexibility.
    Thanks.

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  25. Another well written post I must admit. I totally agree with you that whatever we set our attention on is what will happen to us. If you pay attention to how hard the job is going to be then it will be just as hard as you thought it would be. This is why we should always pay more attention to the positive things and thoughts.

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  26. It’s so easy to give attention to all the things we don’t like in our life. Yet what a fascinating paradox it is that the more attention you give to what you don’t want, the more of that you get. If you’re focused on all the problems, you get more problems.

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