ARCATA, Calif., October 29, 2013 – Social media, smart phones, multi-tasking and many other factors can contribute to having a short attention span. While this can sometimes be a problem, part of the solution is increasing your intention span.
So often we may start a project or tell a friend about a goal we’d like to achieve. Months or even years later we may lament being stuck or unfulfilled because these objectives have not yet been accomplished. At that point, a look back will likely reveal how little had been done to stay focused on that intention.
Your intention span is inversely related to how long it takes to manifest, or bring a goal to fruition. The more focus given to the intention, the less time it takes to produce results. But often we set an intention and then lose sight of it or neglect to take action.
For example, imagine on a lunch break with a co-worker you gripe about wanting to earn more money. Day after day this continues. It is frustrating and draining. On arriving home after work, the attitude of bitterness is not helpful. No effort then goes toward updating a resume, browsing job listings, learning a new skill or developing a plan to launch a new business.
In this scenario, each day more attention is given to how much the current job is unsatisfactory. It is counterproductive to focus attention on what is not wanted, and more useful to focus on what is wanted - the intention. This distinction is key in shifting how it feels to be in this situation.
An alternate way this could unfold is turning the lunch breaks into brainstorming sessions where some goals and action steps are identified. You and the co-worker can hold each other accountable for following through on intentions.
Staying focused on an intention keeps attention on what is wanted and is more likely to generate action in that direction. Moving in the direction of a goal creates momentum.
Potential is often perceived as equal to momentum. It is not a precise math or physics formula that can be written out in a formal proof. It’s just that there are certain ideas we intuitively know, such as “Buy low, sell high.”
You don’t have to be a wealthy investor or an accountant to have heard that phrase or to understand the concept. It applies to more than just the stock market. To get people to invest in you, show them your potential. Help them understand your trajectory is headed in the right direction. You can do this by illustrating your momentum because people also instinctively know: “An object in motion tends to stay in motion.”
One helpful technique for focusing on your intention is making a milestone history list. That’s not a to-do list but rather an inventory of all the steps you’ve already taken. When you see how far you’ve already come, you will feel that sense of momentum. It will be based on progress you’ve already made, accomplishments worth acknowledging and successes worth trumpeting.
This is a great way to get unstuck and find inspired motivation. It also shows others your commitment, determination and follow-through. The more you present your momentum, the more people (including you!) will perceive your potential. And again, people invest in potential because they want to buy low and sell high.
So the next time frustration arises, pause to notice your intention. Keeping a grateful and appreciative eye on the prize while moving toward it will increase your intention span and accelerate its arrival.
Dave Berman, C.Ht is a clinical/medical hypnotherapist and life coach practicing in northern California and globally via Skype.
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