Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. ~ Thomas Jefferson, American former president from 1801 to 1809
Attitude and intent, what’s the big deal, you have a dream, a goal, see an injustice, what you think is one, a need you think needs met in society etc…, you just go full speed bull in a china shop and do whatever it takes to make it happen, right? Be the hero, right? Not so fast, buddy, not so fast. A goal, even righting what you perceive as a wrong can be disastrous, have a disastrous end. The attitude and intent of what you do has to be with integrity and nobility, with a sense of reason, objectivity, if we are talking on a larger scale in some cases historical and overall life context. An article in Forbes recently explained that attitude is more important than one’s IQ. Huh? That’s right attitude matters more than a person’s IQ, interesting huh. Why? A person with a growth mindset, a mindset of willingness to learn, of inquiry is more likely to meet with success in life, then one without that willingness. Attitude also is important in terms of being able to accept and manage failure, if you can’t, God help you, you are dead in the water. Attitude is important in life. You should have clear sense of values and all that, but you also have to be willing to learn, to grow, to accept failure as part of life’s learning process, if you do fall down and have to get up again. Goals are set in life with intent of reaching a destination, but often we can go through life without intent, ships just roaming through the seas, drifting and that also has an effect on others who have no clue what we stand for, who we are really. We may have a sense, but we leave others confused, and even in just our day to day lives, in our speaking etc… what is our intent? Do we know? Do we have any idea what we are achieving? Most likely we give no thought to that.
I am realizing in my own life how much of an impact my fibromyalgia and my not so healthy co-dependent relationship with my mom has had on my attitude, not in a good way. I am also realizing I have been left with impatience and fatigue, overall impatience and fatigue with life, human stupidity etc…, you name it I have impatience for it. I also realize that intent is something that I never really thought about in terms of my artistic life etc…, and it is only now that I have really come to a place of intent, the intent being to help people find their place of spiritual and creative potential, and figure out how to best fulfill it, hopefully with that undo some of the damage done by this “modern, and liberal progressive” malarky. As for my own self, I am going to be seeking community, community close to home, in and through my coop, faith community, connecting to my culture through the Casa Italiana at NYU, and perhaps a meet up group I create. I have some work to do in terms of my own self as regards the toll these two things have taken on my attitude and intent, but half of the battle is knowing, so I am well set to make changes.