Before I begin the blog proper, I want to do a little preparation. One of the things I’ve learned through experience is that the projects I started with abundant enthusiasm and not much forethought did not turn out so well. To quote Benjamin Franklin: If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.
In my work as a coach, goal-setting is an essential ingredient for a successful outcome in the coaching process. And for me personally, having and achieving goals is a way of staying motivated and focused in my life. But right now I don’t even want to talk about goals. Goals are sensible and practical and down-to-earth, and we will deal with them in detail another time.
Instead, I’d like to draw your attention to something that precedes goal-setting, something altogether more mystical: the power of intention.
As with some other things we’ll be discussing on Artist of Life, you will not find evidence that this power exists unless you provide the evidence for yourself. This, for me, has been one of the most wonderful aspects of the self-development path, discovering the number of invisible forces and natural supporting elements that exist in the world around us, waiting to be activated by our taking the risk of believing in them.
Someone cleverly summed it up like this: believing is seeing. Sometimes you’ve got to believe first to experience the results that will convince you. I know this sounds like nonsense to the rational mind 🙂 .
In this case, we are dealing with a fairly mundane project: beginning a blog. No-one is building a cathedral here. Thousands of blogs are started every day. But probably an equal number are also abandoned every day, left to gather virtual dust in cyberspace along with countless half-finished social media profiles that someone once thought it would be a good idea to start. Maybe you have some of your own.
When I chance upon these projects, I wonder: what was the intention when that was started? Or was it just a momentary impulse without clear direction that ended up leading nowhere?
If you want to create a specific outcome, success of any kind, it helps to have a clear intention. To know why you want to do something, who you are doing it for, and what you hope to achieve from it. To spell out as clearly as possible what you would like to create. And by taking the time and trouble to do this, you call on those invisible forces to support you.
We will have plenty of time later on to consider the unseen elements in life and how I have experienced them. For now, I simply want to say this: you recognise that you have a certain amount of personal power or influence. And I guess you also recognise that there are aspects of life beyond your control, that you may experience as synchronicity, chance encounters, guidance, good fortune…
The power of intention is the ability to align yourself, and what you want to achieve, with those other aspects of life.
This is what I intend with Artist of Life:
I intend to create a self-development resource that readers find inspiring and insightful, that they wish to return to, that makes a positive and useful contribution to their personal growth.
I intend to enjoy my process of creative expression and sharing.
I intend to publish articles and podcasts and some images, possibly also video.
I intend to earn some income from my work. This may include the sale via this site of products I create. I intend not to sell advertising space on this site.
I intend initially to publish on Artist of Life for a period of one year, after which time I will review what I have created and how I feel about it and, if necessary, update my intention. The year ends on September 1, 2019.