Good Intentions, Being Intentional, & Resolutions

It is a very common practice at the beginning of each year for individuals to create a To-Do list to be “accomplished within the course of that particular year.

And what is most interesting is at the time, these lists are well-intentioned. I have arrived at a place in my own life where I realize there is a big difference between intentions and being intentional. Why is it that so many people write down a list and yet give up on these intentions in only a few weeks?

To me, intentions are based on the externals of life—the unexpected, the change which wasn’t planned, the weather, or a change in finances or relationships. You can hear a person clearly state, “Well, I meant well. However, now I must wait until ‘this situation’ clears up before I move forward.” People who create such an intention are stopped and stuck in the illusion of waiting.

An intentional person—as opposed to someone who just creates a list of intentions—draws energetically from an internal and not an external source. An intentionally spirited person draws from an internal wellspring and listens to inner guidance with the ability to focus on the commitment made and prioritize the demands involved in completing a task or promise made to oneself.

Years ago, when I taught stress management, I often pointed out that if you make a promise to children and do not fulfill it, they are very disappointed. We are no different as adults. An Intentional Spirit understands the value of fulfilling promises to oneself and knowing that the failure to fulfill the intention will lead to self-disappointment, zap our self-esteem, lessen our own energies, and negatively impact how we show up energetically in the world. Be careful with what you promise to yourself, as your inner child is always listening and will be disappointed if you do not fulfill your promises.

One of the most significant cries I hear all around me today is the following: “I am so busy.” No matter how you say it or in what way you mean it, beware this statement is an expression of victim consciousness. Intentionally change your pattern to say, “I am creative.” This statement now sounds so much more uplifting and empowering. As my friend, Michel Pascal, says, “I am not busy, my schedule is.”

There will always be easy excuses to say, “I am so busy,” which you can use to delay your magical life. Instead, be bold and be intentional and allow the movement of life to be everywhere present.

Enthusiastically say, “I am so creative and full of life and energy that my schedule is overflowing.” Taking ownership is owning you are in charge of your calendar.

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Rev. Dr. Temple Hayes
Rev. Dr. Temple Hayeshttps://templehayes.com/media
Global Spiritual Leader, Author, Difference Maker. Rev. Dr. Temple Hayes grew up in South Carolina. She is an ordained Science of Mind Minister and an ordained Unity Minister. She is described as a prophet and mystic for our times and the new spiritual leader the world needs today. Temple Hayes is a Difference Maker, Spiritual Leader, Author, International Motivational Speaker, Humanitarian, Life Rights Advocate, Shamanic Practitioner, and President and Founder of life-changing non-profit organizations. Temple Hayes serves as CEO and Spiritual Leader of First Unity Spiritual Campus, a New Thought center, in St. Petersburg, Florida that transcends religious denominations, embraces all ethnicity, and reaches beyond national borders. Temple serves on the leadership team of the Association of Global New Thought. She hosts a weekly radio show for Unity Online Radio called “The Intentional Spirit.” She is the author of the following books: “The Right to Be You,” “How to Speak Unity,” “When Did You Die?” and the CD motivational series “From Good to Amazing.” She was a twice featured speaker at Carnegie Hall in 2019 for suicide prevention and awareness and the #neveralone movement. She is a featured speaker on the Mind Dive App and an acting role as the spiritual leader in the Movie “I am Never Alone” (2020) produced by Michel Pascal and featuring Deepak Chopra, Gabriella Wright, and other leading visionaries. She is passionate about life rights, gay rights, animal rights, and human rights and has created the following movements to both educate and advocate for the voiceless: Global Peace Workers; Life Rights; The SOFI Project that rescues and rehabilitates dogs and cats; and The Institute for Leadership and Lifelong Learning International. Temple is the recipient of many awards including the following: Nominated as an all American and elected to the National Softball Hall of Fame (1979); elected to Outstanding Young Women of America (1988); International Who’s Who of American Professionals (1997); National Association of Professional Women (2008); the People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards (2016); awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humane Letters (2019). She is a contributing author to the inspiring book Crappy to Happy: Sacred Stories of Transformational Joy


  1. Temple Hayes, YOU are among the most intentionally minded people on the planet. And I love the final suggestion: Enthusiastically say, “I am so creative and full of life and energy that my schedule is overflowing.” Taking ownership is owning you are in charge of your calendar. I plan on using THAT line/affirmation often!!!