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Living with Intent

Living with Intent

There have been a few people whose stories have struck a cord with me over the past week. Stories are so important, they connect people, drive understanding and are so often, hugely inspirational. Such wisdom is offered as a gift to the reader or the listener, in the hands of a good storyteller.

I was the receiver of an inspirational gift when listening to 25 yr old Professional Explorer Brando Yelavich telling his story to Chris Desmond on the Uncomfortable is OK Podcast. Brando proves that you don’t need age to have wisdom. You need intention, and indisputable purpose, a WHY, and the courage to take action. These characteristics are ones that I talk, and workshop about all the time, so much so that it has become a fundamental mantra in my life.

Intention starts as a spark. It starts to burn a gentle flame, and if you nourish it, it will become a raging fire in your belly, where you will be compelled into action – action follows purpose, it follows your WHY.

At the tiny spark stage however, you will need to be paying attention, you will need to be listening, then nurture the spark to grow it into a flame; so the flame can become an inferno of inner purpose.

I have the immense privilege of spending time and chewing the fat, on a regular basis with Christine White, founder of?/! Chris talks about noticing as being the glue that brings your personality or inner world together with what’s happening in the world around you. Noticing causes a ‘feeling state’ change which is either quizzical (??) or dramatic (!!). Chris teaches that ‘noticing is vital to creativity and is a muscle we are developing’.

Noticing takes practise, it takes intention, it takes inner interest and it asks for you to observe your environment and your life with Awe. So much captures our peripheral attention; colours, lights, movement, sound, touch. But at the periphery of our senses it simply passes us by, unnoticed. There is simply too much information entering our brain for us to notice it all. So, we only notice the truly remarkable, not necessarily the most important, the most worthy, just the most sparkly (to the delight of advertisers who’s job it is to capture our attention everyday with the newest, brightest must-haves).

On top of our environmental sensory overload and subsequent filtering the brain has to do to decide what is ‘important’ to you, we have the inner scramble of thoughts, private conversations with ourselves, ruminations and replays that all take up the ‘space’ we need to notice, to live with intent.

Noticing with Awe, with a ?? or a !! takes practise. To live with intent, one needs to pay attention to noticing. Noticing needs to become an intentful goal, a practise that is almost meditative. To notice with Awe the brain must settle its inner noise and wait to see what sparks.

Follow the spark with awe, with no opinion and see where it leads. The destination could well surprise you!

Intention – Clarity – Focus – Attention – Action – my mantra

You can listen to Brando’s Uncomfortable is OK Podcast here:

More about Brando Yelavic here:

More about Christine White here:

About The Author

Lisa Whiteman

Lisa Whiteman is founder and leader of the Resonance Group and is committed to making a difference in the world. Lisa believes we can all make a difference by ensuring our ethics and principles are at the very heart of everything we do, every day.

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