Ten Mid-Year’s Intentions

The problem with New Year’s resolutions is that they create anxiety, hope, and usually ultimately disappointment.

So I’m starting a new tradition — Mid-Year’s intentions. These aren’t things you want to do, they’re things you know you’re going to do. It’s a taking stock, a self-clarification of priorities, a statement of intentionality. In accordance with Pollard’s Law — We do what we must, then we do what’s easy, and then we do what’s fun — this list is about what you’re driven to do (not what you wish you were more driven to do), it’s about what easy/fun playing and learning activities you’re going to do. It’s about realizing what you’re becoming, not becoming something that you’re not. It’s about being more yourself.

My reason for blogging about it is that I think it might be revealing to my readers (and if you write about your intentions that could be revealing to your readers). Our readers would then have a little better context for understanding us, and what we write about, and understanding it better. Good stuff for a Friday, I think. So here are my ten mid-year’s intentions:

  1. Let myself continue to become more loving, more positive, more engaged, more attentive, more enthused, more appreciative, more self-sufficient, more open, more vulnerable, more resilient. 
  2. Make my book on finding and creating natural sustainable enterprise, for my readers, extraordinary, the best thing I’ve ever written, and start experimentally building the stuff around it — peer-to-peer entrepreneurial self-help networks, partner-finders, success stories, an entrepreneurial centre of excellence, a program to get media buzz about our society’s lack of entrepreneurial skills — that will make it the catalyst for change it is meant to be.
  3. Ensure that my next business assignment is aligned with helping entrepreneurs to succeed sustainably, so my book and my work reinforce each other. This is in the spirit of doing one or two things really well, rather than trying to do everything.
  4. More and more, teach by showing and by facilitating, rather than by telling. 
  5. Complete the transition to a healthy, natural, varied vegetarian diet of mostly raw, unprocessed, local foods. 
  6. Find an opportunity every day to make someone’s life less stressful, less needy, easier, and more fun.
  7. Whenever possible, spend time with children and animals, in nature and in beautiful places, in play and in spontaneous activities.
  8. Continue to live simpler, more ‘naked’ in every sense. Own less, owe less, want less. Make more time for things that are important by reducing the number of urgent things that ‘have’ to be done. Learn to say ‘no’ gracefully.
  9. Exercise more and differently. My running routine is immensely therapeutic, but I seek to expand it to include more varied and holistic exercises.
  10. Learn something new of value every day. This could be something practical, something insightful, something inspiring, or something that builds capacity. Something that makes me more useful to others and to the Earth. And practice what I’ve learned.

Only a few years ago some of these things would have been impossible, even inconceivable, and others would have seemed so arduous that I would groan just contemplating them (or feel guilty about not even trying). Now they’re easy, they’re in my nature, they’re what I’m becominganyway. I am so fortunate!

Now, what are your intentions? If you have your own blog or website, report them there and just link back here — your readers should know.

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5 Responses to Ten Mid-Year’s Intentions

  1. Siona says:

    You’re an inspiration, Dave Thank you.

  2. Ed Diril says:

    * Accept uncertainty as part of the process and stop trying to make everything certain. There is an inherent level of uncertainty in the system.* Expand the number of possible paths between where I am and where I want to be by increasing my exposure to the paths others have taken in the past. Pay attention especially to the ones who managed to get to where I would like to be.* Embrace empowering beliefs and skills; replace the limiting ones.* Accept the fact that what happens on the outside is a reflection of what is on the inside (consciously and unconsciously). They are the two sides of the same coin.* Accept that change is possible if one is willing.* Stop trying to change people into your way of thinking and avoid others who are trying to change you into their way of thinking. However, do offer your thoughts if asked and make your thoughts available so that who are searching may find them.

  3. Becks says:

    What you said, what Ed said, and:*Make a decision about veganism. I’ve been being vegan except for candy bars and other cravings, but that’s not really vegan. I feel better about myself when I’m really vegan. But maybe I’m cheating because I can’t do it, in which case I have to accept that.* Visit the local farmer’s market.* Make a decision about how I’ll be spending the rest of my summer and stick to it, and make it a positive thing even if it doesn’t turn out as I initially want it to

  4. Quinterra says:

    Oh, you’re calling it “Pollard’s Law” now? Well, I’m going to have to use that.A few of my own mid-year intentions:- Ignore people who are pressuring me to do things I would otherwise do on my own simply because I want to.- Figure out how to let people know how I feel without losing my temper or pissing them off (too much).- Allow myself to be more open and free rather than worrying about other people’s false opinions.

  5. Martin-Eric says:

    I can summarize the trend that has been shaping my life over the past few years with two words: letting goAs it so happens, it is the only resolution I ever allow myself to undertake: to let go more and more. Of earthly possessions, preconceived ideas, attachment to anything or anyone, expectations … letting go of it all. Every item I wake up realizing I’ve let go feels like a giant step towards more freedom.

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