The benefits of daily intention – Where is your mind taking you?

“The mind moves in the direction of our currently dominant thoughts” Earl Nightingale. How do you set yourself up for success? My own experience is that the clearer you are about what success looks like today, tomorrow and for the rest of the week, the more likely it is to come true. Because if you are clear on today’s goals, the less chance there is that the unexpected event, or person is going to affect the outcome. Your intention is set before anything can affect it.

If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there. – Lewis Carroll.
If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there. – Lewis Carroll.

The upshot of this is that you are more likely to end your day on a positive note, and be more in control of where you’ve spent your energy during the day. I recommend to my coaching clients that they do three things before they start each day:

  1. Check in with how they are. Do they feel rested? How much energy do they have to bring to their day?
  2. Consider what they really want to achieve today, what are the key activities that they want to perform that deserve peak performance, and are non-negotiable no matter what happens?
  3. Remember how these key activities connect and contribute to their bigger goals and ambitions, remember how important these are.

This can be done by teams (with a daily “stand-up” meeting) or individually (before you start your day). It only takes minutes but it means that they are starting their day fuelled with authentic intention, and accepting that things may change in the day and other tasks may not get done, but their dominant thoughts are mindfully moving their mind in the right direction, every day. Their priorities are clear and they know where they need to spend their finite energy.

Intention is mental resilience. In an increasingly distracting world, whilst Earl Nightingale’s words may be 50 years old, they’ve never been more relevant.

How do you set yourself up for success each day?


Experienced business leader, mentor and coach, with fascinations for technology, psychology and ancient philosophies. A self-confessed techno hippy with a unique talent for bringing the best out in people.

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