Good Intentions

Good Intentions:  thinking and meaning to do well, to do something good, having the best of motives and purpose

Advice is judged by results, not by intentions. Cicero

We judge others by their behavior. We judge ourselves by our intentions. Ian Percy

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation. Charles Kettering

  Most of us have good intentions most of the time! We mean to do well. It is our intent to do good things, help others, use our time and money wisely, and become the best that we can become. If having good intentions were all that was required, most of us would be relatively close to sainthood. There is a famous saying that says the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. What is wrong with having good intentions?

   Humanity is constructed in such a way that we live and exist in two worlds simultaneously. There is the inner world, our thought world; the place where we have domain and god-like powers. We can visualize, imagine and even create. A famous saying states that whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe can be achieved. In our mental world we are lord and master. We can be whoever and whatever we want to be. Often, we are at our best in this world. At least, in our imagination, and in our intentions, we are at our best. Most of us want to live up to the highest principles, the highest standards, and to be and become our absolute best. We mean well.

   Then there is the physical world where we have to interact and coexist. It is the place where we have to work, play and have to execute and live up to our well meaning and best of intentions. It is one thing to think and mean well, yet another to follow through, and to execute. It is in the physical world where good intentions or thought without deeds does not count. Intentions without results have little value.

    Having good intentions is a good thing, it is better than having bad intentions. It is a good start and basic to being a person of good character, etc. What really counts is taking it to the next level; following through and living up to our intentions and mental expectations. How do we get from good intentions to results?

    We do this one decision and one action at a time. We stay focused, motivated and use self-discipline in doing what needs to be done, rather than what is easier or more convenient. We take the high road; make unselfish choices, doing what is good and right, moral and principled. This is what it converts intentions to actions.

Challenge: Chances are you are a person who has good intentions. What needs to happen to go from good intentions to better results? What holds you back from living up to your intentions and expectations of yourself? You do this by baby steps, making one right decision at a time. It takes your focus and attention in decision making. It requires motivation and self-discipline to get things done. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.

Wisdom: It is not good enough for things to be planned – they still have to be done; for the intention to become a reality, energy has to be launched into operation. Walt Kelly

Spiritual: (NIV)

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6

We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

Love is a powerful force. The more we can love, the more we are strengthened and enabled to live up to the highest standards and resist the temptations to be anything less than our best. A lack of love is at the root of most of our problems and disappointments. God has the answer to this problem. He is the source of love, the creator of love. He will help us to learn to love, empowering us to love in such ways as we are unable to on our own.

Prayer: Help me to overcome my selfish ways and empower me to live life with an outwardly loving attitude.

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