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Intent of the Day: Seek Wise Guidance

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Who would you call your best friend?
Who are your go-to’s when you have something tough to discuss? Since we’re no longer in grade school and since no one remembers what speed dial is anymore, perhaps it’s been a minute since you’ve had to consider who your trusted council would be.

Whether you’re 8 or 38, there is something cathartic about getting your tough questions off your chest and when you have wise sounding boards, you’re all the more likely to feel prepared to tackle them. So who are your people? Could you write down three names on a sheet of paper?

Our intent is to seek wise guidance, to find the people we trust to advise us and to be the kind of people who are willing to open up and give in the same way.

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Intent of the Day: Find What Excites You

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New Year – a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.
– Alex Morritt

The year is currently a blank slate laying in front of us, which can actually be a very daunting thing. What story will you write?

There are the things you should do…
The things you could do…
The things you want to do.

Likely the truth of what you’ll put down on your pages is somewhere in the mix, but where do you start? Have you considered what you love? We don’t always think about it. The things that make us come alive can feel like things that should be preserved for personal time, but what if those are the things that we should spend this year investing in? Instead of saving it for the spare moments, perhaps it’s time to operate our of our love and passion. So what is it? If you have no clue or don’t remember, now is a good time to dig in!

Our intent? It’s to find the thing that excites us! You too? Here are 3 things to help: Continue reading

Intent of the Day: Getting More Sleep

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The nights are starting a little earlier these days and while you might’ve expected that you would naturally start climbing in bed a little earlier, you might be more like us and find that your bed time is creeping later and later. Mornings are getting harder and harder. Before it all gets out of hand, we want to reset. Today our intent is a simple one- to get to bed early.

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Intent of the Day: To Connect

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If you’re sitting somewhere with your head down, just trying to make it through the day, we’re with you. This is why our intent today is about connecting. Sometimes it is when we want it the least that we need it the most. We want to encourage you to pick your eyes up and look around. Who’s there? Maybe it’s a barista. Maybe it’s your best friend. Whether it is a person you will see again or not, we encourage you to make the most of today by reaching outside of your bubble and allowing yourself to be impacted by those around you. Let them be impacted by you too. The world seems to be in desperate need of it!

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4 Simple Tools To Change Your Life

Lucas muscle pose1. A Vital Body
You want to keep this vessel — your body — for many years to come. And the road to doing that starts today. This means doing all the things that keep your body healthy. Slacking off on keeping your body healthy makes no sense, because it takes away from the sustainability of the vessel that keeps you alive. To not take care of your body properly could mean years taken off of your life. So that involves drinking plenty of water, exercising, making an effort to eat healthy, quitting smoking — because this body is the only one you are ever going to have. This won’t just affect your longevity, but also the quality of your life as you live it.

2. Body Posture
What you achieve in life is absolutely dependent upon the way you carry yourself. Carry yourself well and people more readily accept you and respect you as a person. To do this, you’ll need open, inviting body language. Stand up tall and look people in the eyes. They will see you as confident and together, and treat you as such. A strong body posture affects not only how others see us, but also how we see ourselves. Not convinced? Watch Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk and give “power posing” a try.

3. Movement
Changing your physiology is an easy and effective way to change your overall state. Tony Robbins has been advocating this for years. When I’m in a lousy (unresourceful) state, I snap myself out of it by walking, singing, dancing, or exercising. Getting the blood pumping will do more than you’d expect and increase endorphin production in your system.

One day I was walking down the street in New York City, and I was mad. I was so upset; I felt that I couldn’t even look people in the eye. Just as a game, I decided to put a smile on my face. Now, this was a fake, terrible smile, it must have looked terrifying. But even after a minute of this, I felt so goofy with this fake smile that it made me laugh. With a smile on my face, people around me smiled back. Now remember that this is New York City, people don’t usually smile at each other as they pass by. Imagine how we could change the world simply by living our lives with a smile on our face and a good attitude. So go ahead, give it a try.

4. Focus
Combine your change in physiology with a change in focus to jumpstart major changes in your life. There’s a Hawaiian proverb: “Energy flows where attention goes.” Put another way, what you focus on manifests in your life. I invite you to step back and look at your life for a moment. You can evaluate it in two ways. You can focus on your fears and on the obstacles ahead. Or, you can appreciate what you have in your life and focus on and what you desire. Which of these two you choose will dramatically impact the quality of your experiences. The way you approach your problems impacts how well you are able to solve them. This will ultimately cause you to — or prevent you from — achieving your dreams. How do you see yourself? Do you see yourself as a winner or a loser? Because at the end of the day, the only one preventing you from becoming the person you want to be is you. Your identity may be influenced by your surroundings, peer group and upbringing, but ultimately it’s created by you.

Are you ready to improve the quality of your life? To feel happier, to feel better about yourself and about your relationships? It is all inside you: the ability to positively affect your state by changing your physiology and your focus. It is easy to make simple life changes that will lead to a lifetime of happiness. Now get out there and lead an OUTSTANDING life!

Brave Teenager’s Manifesto on Depression and Why We Need to Talk About It

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Kevin Breel has been living two lives for years. In one, he’s a smart, accomplished young man with friends and family who love him. In the other, he is someone who suffers from depression, and has for the better part of six years.

This may come as a shock, Kevin says, to the people who know him. After all, on the surface his life is great. Everything is fine; everything is going well. But underneath the surface, he “struggles intensely” with a condition that many of us know all to well and yet no one wants to talk about. Why is this?

Depression is stigmatized in our culture, Kevin says, and yet it is a massive issue. According to the World Health Organization, one person in the world dies by suicide every 40 seconds. Worldwide suicide rates have increased 60% in the last 45 years, and it is the second leading cause of death for people aged 10-24. On top of that, suicide attempts are 20 times more frequent than actual suicides, which means there is a staggering number of people in the world who are hurting, suffering, and desperately needing help.

Kevin uses a powerful analogy: When you break your arm, everyone runs over to sign your cast. When you say you’re depressed, everyone runs in the other direction. This has created a world in which we don’t understand mental health, we don’t understand our emotions, and we certainly don’t understand depression. Watch Kevin’s poignant TEDx talk:

In order to heal our hearts and our communities, Kevin entreats that we speak up, speak out, and learn to love ourselves. In the spirit of Suicide Prevention week, let’s not waste a minute to reach out to our fellow humans and spread the love.

Have you or someone you know suffered from depression? We would be honored for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

“30 Is Not the New 20”: 3 Things Every 20-Something Needs to Hear

We’ve been hearing it for some time now: 30 is the new 20. The 20’s are a throwaway decade. They don’t count. Well, erase everything you’ve heard about being a 20-something because this TED talk is going to rock your world.

Clinical psychologist Meg Jay discusses her experience working with 20-somethings over the years and makes a case for why the 20’s is the defining decade in people’s lives. Before you baulk, take a few minutes to listen to her talk and see if you are inspired to pass the video along to every 20-something you know!

Jay’s 3 biggest tips every 20-something needs to hear:

  1. Get some “identity capital.” Do something to invest in who you are and in the person you might want to become. Take a risk, learn a new skill, make a big move, pursue a challenging new job or internship.
  2. The urban tribe is overrated. Best friends are great and in some situations invaluable. But by limiting your community to a tight-knit peer group with identical beliefs and values, you will rob yourself of new experiences, ideas, and opportunities. New things come out of our weak ties, Jay says, so pay attention to those friends of friends of friends.
  3. The time to start picking your family is now. Even if you don’t “settle down” until you’re 30, the pressure to do it all at once may lead you to make less than optimal decisions. The time to work on your marriage is before you’re married. Be as intentional with love, Jay urges, as you are with work!

This doesn’t mean everyone has to settle on a career in their 20’s or that everyone needs to someday get married and have kids. And fun should not be written out of the equation, either! But as Jay’s final words seem to convey, 20-somethings’ decisions and actions are worth something, and that should be treated as an inspiration, and not a threat.

“30 is not the new 20. So claim your adulthood…Don’t be defined by what you didn’t know or didn’t do. You’re deciding your life right now.”

So 20-somethings out there, are you feeling inspired? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Why Sitting is Killing Us and What to Do About It

Silhouette SeatDid you know that most of us are sit 9.4 hours a day during the work week?

Compare that to the 7.7 hours we spend sleeping, or the 30 minutes to an hour we may spend exercising daily, and the imbalance starts to become clearly apparent. It’s easy to recognize the correlation between sitting and inactivity. But according to research published by the National Institutes of Health, sitting for long periods of time can increase the onset of chronic illness, as well as premature mortality risk, even if you meet your quota for daily exercise!

In the words of author and corporate director Nilofer Merchant:

Sitting has become the smoking of our generation.

In her TED talk, Merchant shares a compelling argument and creative approach to get people out of their chairs. The first step is literally walking out of the office and out of the box. Called the Walk-and-Talk, she has ramped up her walking to 20 to 30 miles a week by applying this unique approach, all within the context of a regular business day.

Take a look at Merchant’s innovative healthy living plan and then – you guessed it – go for a walk!

The EyeWriter: An Amazing Story of Innovation and Human Compassion

P1060131-1It started out as a rerouted date night for Mick Ebeling and his wife. A friend convinced them to check out an art show instead of the more traditional dinner and movie, and it was there Ebeling first learned about the artist “Tempt.”

Despite the signs, posters, and artwork all over the place with references to Tempt, the artist himself was nowhere to be found. As it turned out, and as Ebeling soon discovered, the show was a benefit event for Tempt, a graffiti artist who suffers from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and is paralyzed in his hospital bed. With mobility only in his eyes, Tempt hadn’t been able to create his art for 7 years. But that all changed in 2011.

Inspired and distressed by Tempt’s story, Ebeling sprang into action. He has years of experience as a film and digital media producer and entrepreneur and was able to organize a team of skilled, dedicated collaborators to develop the first open source eye-tracking device, called the EyeWriter. “Open source” means that the EyeWriter is copyfree, inexpensive, and DIY-possible. No more insurmountable insurance bills and restricted access to the best technology. Ebeling took a cause, his passion for art, a network of resources, and the grassroots, non-hierarchical values latent in graffiti culture to create something truly remarkable. After a year of planning and programming, the first EyeWriter was born and gifted to Tempt, who, with it, was able to draw and communicate again after 7 years of feeling trapped under water.

As Ebeling says in his TED talk, we all have the potential for greatness. We just need to ask ourselves two simple questions:

If not now, then when?

If not me, then who?

Watch Ebeling’s inspiring talk, and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below:

Photo credit: EyeWriter.org

Intent Video of the Day: Don’t eat the marshmallow (cute and funny)


In this short TED talk, Joachim de Posada shares the findings of a very cute and funny experiment that he says reveals the most important factor in success. Delayed gratification, it seems, is more predictive of a child’s success in later years than IQ, GPA, and many other traditional measures. His message to you? Don’t eat the marshmallow.

Fore more very funny outtakes from kids taking the marshmallow test, watch this:

Everyday we spotlight one remarkable video to inspire you to fulfill your intentions and improve your life. Do you have a video you’d like to suggest? Send it to us at editor [at] intent.com. 

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