Interest + Intention

Hi friend,

One of the first things I learned about ADHD is how important it is to manage what I am interested in.

Interest drives everything.

When you focus on things that interest you, it gives you the fuel to take on larger and more difficult tasks. And without it, you feel as though you're running on fumes, barely able to accomplish anything at all.

But another factor often forgotten is intention.

Intention is about who you want to be when pursuing action. What are your guiding principles, your goals and desires.

It's easy to find things that are interesting. But if your intention is to be someone responsible with their money, spending time at casinos for the sake of finding interest may not be ideal.

You need to determine what your intentions are, who you want to be when taking action, and find interests that align with those goals.

These intentions can also be red flags for you to determine when your interest is driving you down the wrong path. This lets you learn how to hit the brakes, pausing action that could be destructive to the type of person, friend, parent, spouse, etc you want to be.

Take the time to figure out what your intentions are. Write down your values and principles, and use them as a guide for your interest-seeking activities.

When intention and attention are aligned, the archer and target become one.

​— Jacob Liberman

Stay focused,

Jesse J. Anderson

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We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.

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