“Mindfulness has helped me succeed in almost every dimension of my life. By stopping regularly to look inward and become aware of my mental state, I stay connected to the source of my actions and thoughts and can guide them with considerably more intention.” ~ Dustin Moskovitz ~
Intention is an inclination to accomplish a goal and satisfy that desire. Life is full of intention, but our success lies in what drives the intention. Desire drives a lot of intention. I’m sure you can fill in the examples here. What separates us from animals is the ability to separate intention from instinct.
Instinct is a subconscious mental force. It is inherited. Think of it like the effect of gravity on water. If there is the ability for water to move down, it will. Once it starts moving it develops its own force of momentum and there is little that can stand in its way. Some of the greatest engineering feats ever have been to channel and control this force. Your instinct is the same. It is a powerful force.
Our human success is determined by our ability to overcome instinct and apply our intention in a constructive way to a higher goal. The “mindfulness” in the quote above is what takes us past instinct. It is deciding our path and using our powerful minds toward productive paths based on moral or constructive intentions. Mindfulness is creation and review of the conscious mind. According to FORBES, Dustin Moskovitz became the youngest self-made billionaire in history at age 28.
Goal directedness, concentration, meditation, affirmations and prayer are all tools to take mindfulness past the consciousness barrier and to move our intentions into our subconscious mind or give them to God. They tame the instinctive power of the mind and channel it to flow where we want. Like water that is controlled, we are able to channel our power into fields of productive endeavor.
Your question for this lesson is, what do you want to grow or accomplish and do you have your mind focused on that intention? There will always be intention. Yours should be designed rather than inherited.