Good Intentions

DSC_4209Thinking and meaning to do well, best 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 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. Is there anything 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. In our imagination, and in our intentions, we are at our best. Most of us desire to live up to the highest principles, the highest standards, and to be and become our absolute best. We mean to do well.

   There is the physical, outer world where we must interact and coexist. It is the place where we work, play, perform, execute and must live up to well-meanings and good intentions. It is one thing to mentally think and mean well, yet another to follow through and get results. It is in the physical world where our good intentions or our well-meaning thoughts minus actual deeds means so little. Intentions without results are of minimal 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. What really counts is taking it to the next level; following through and living up to intentions and expectations. How do we get from good intentions to good results?

    We do this one decision and one good action at a time. We are focused, motivated and use self-discipline to do what really need to doing, 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 how we convert good intentions to actions.

Challenge: You are a person who has good intentions. What needs to happen to move from good intentions to better results? What holds you back from living up to your intentions and expectations of yourself? Take baby steps, make one right decision at a time and following through. Focus and pay attention to your decision making. You motivation and self-discipline gets things done. See yourself succeeding at his, one success at a time. 

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 very 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 perform at less than our best. A lack of love is at the root of most of our problems and disappointments. God can help us with our problems. He is the source of love, the creator of love. He will help us to truly 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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