What works for you? How do you set goals? How do deal with conflict? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
My brother once sent me an email about the law of attraction and positive intent. That was about four years ago. I don’t remember why we talked about it. I’m not a Deepak fan; I’ve never read The Secret. And my brother is definitely not a hippie.
Over the years, the law of attraction comes back up in conversation. I know it’s hokey for some, that critics call it a subjective reality. I do believe ‘like begets like.’ A former intern and I were chatting about positive intent as well. We try to surround ourselves with people we want to learn from, people we want to spend time with. We try to stay away from people who drag you down. An episode of SATC has Charlotte writing down positive affirmations. I think that’s another method that works for people. Having them on paper makes it ‘more real’ and maybe it seems more tangible.
This idea of the law of attraction and positive intent isn’t without its caveats. I think the biggest one is that you must put in the hard work. You can’t assume that your wishful thinking is going to get you that <fill in the blank>. You have to work on getting those parts to build out your plan, desire, intent, or it doesn’t work. This also isn’t a one day deal. It’s an everyday practice, which I think complements the practice of mindfulness.
There’s a good article on positive intent at the Intuit blog that’s worth a read. (It’s more about work and teams, but you can apply it to personal life.)
To read more about mindfulness in business, here’s a recent article with my former professor Jeremy Hunter in WSJ.
Here are my Friday Five – topics (intentions?) that I want to work on regularly and share (with you!):
1. Mindfulness – being present – be where your feet are
2. Goal-setting – what’s on your list for this year, next year, 5 years?
3. Positive intent – not everyone is out to get you or me
4. Appreciative 10s – I’ve skipped out on this practice
5. Meditation – I’ve skipped out on this regularly and ought to do this more often