Resilience Alphabet – I is for Intention

You may be surprised at my choice of word this morning. After all I could have gone for Inspiration and written about the many acts and conversations of inspiration we have seen over the last 10 days. In my work, I have been truly inspired by the dedication and commitment of some of my clients to working on behalf of all of us in so many ways – seen and unseen. These truly are the Sunflowers in our lives right now.

However, in terms of your own personal resilience I want us to think about the importance of Intention. Having a good intention unfortunately sometimes results in the phrase ‘I had good intentions’ by someone explaining what they didn’t manage to do in spite of good intentions. So if we are going to set a good intention for our personal resilience in this time of additional challenge, we want to think about what actions, accountabilities, or checks we will put in place to meet the intention.

Of course, it goes without saying that for there to be any commitment to an intention, the intention has to have real benefits or outcomes in the first place. So pause… what do you need to be intentional about right now in terms of self care and resilience. It is likely to be something pretty simple that could have a profound incremental effect for you. It is also likely to be something that is best done frequently, even daily.

Recognising the value of some structure during times of change, I decided on four daily intentions about 10 days ago to keep a sense of rhythm and control over my daily activities. These are: Get outside at least once a day, write a 6 minute journal every day, write a Blog every day, and make contact with someone I have no reason to each day.

I believe the more stressful and unstable the environment, the more important it is to have clear intention, and in these times when many people are focussed on the needs of others, it is important to personal resilience to include intentions for personal resilience. Perhaps I’ll reinvent a phrase and say before taking care of all the other Sunflowers, take care of your own Sunflower first.

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