Living With Intention

Different perspectivesSome have used the phrase: “what would Jesus do?” when attempting to make a moral decision, and we know the scriptures hold many answers.  But how do we determine which job we should seek, or which house to buy?  How do we determine where to go on vacation, or when to turn and walk away?

Our minds are broken into three specific parts; the conscious mind, the subconscious mind, and the unconscious mind.  The conscious mind takes in the seven or more senses.  I know, you’re thinking wait a minute, there are only five senses; I was taught that in kindergarten.  I’m suggesting that there are at least seven: Hearing, Sight, Touch, Smell, Taste, as well as a sense of Time and Space.  We know when time passes and we certainly feel an emotion when someone invades our space, even before touching us.  There may be others, but for now, we’ll consider those seven.

The subconscious mind is where our feelings, thoughts, and beliefs reside.  That portion of our mind can keep us out of trouble, it contains our conscience.  Some people have a seared conscious, which allows them to do horrific things without feeling angst, guilt, or shame.  Most of us realize when we say or do something that it is moral, amoral, or immoral.

The unconscious is where everything that we’ve ever learned is stored.  It does most of the work for us, and if you consider that our conscious minds would have to work at lightning speed to accomplish every task, driving a car and chewing gum at the same time would be impossible without our unconscious mind.  Our unconscious mind also allows us to imagine things; to associate into an event that is not currently happening.

So, what if we asked three or more people to tell us what to do in a given situation?  Could we imagine what Walt Disney would say if we were trying to decide how to have fun with our kids for a few hours without having to drive to Disney World?  What would Walt say?  How about asking Henry Ford how to produce a product that we could sell?  Could the Wizard of Oz help us find answers to some serious struggles we have?  Where would Indiana Jones have us to explore?  An emotional wisdom coach can support you with these questions.

What does living with intention mean to you?  What would it be like if you had a vision and mission for your personal life, for your family, for your business?  How would living your life planned out be different than living with what life throws at you?  How would that make you feel?