When pursuing a goal, we usually know the desired outcome we seek. We know exactly what we want to cause to happen and we take actions to make it so. This is good. It helps us intentionally progress toward our goals. However, we can also unintentionally cause something to happen that we might not want, if we are not mindful of how or words or actions can effect others.
Earlier this week I found that my actions had produced a negative experience for my wife. It was something that I neither wanted nor intended to bring about. It made me wonder how many times a day I am unintentionally causing something to happen because I am not paying attention. This experience reminded me of my word of the year: mindful.
Being mindful is being aware of our actions and how they affect us and others. It is also avoiding the temptation to go on auto-pilot during the day, but instead to actively engage and give thought to what we say and do, realizing that our actions can have an impact on others, whether we’re mindful of them or not.
None of us intentionally want our actions to yield a bad result. I think it’s safe to say that we don’t want to unintentionally yield bad results either. Let’s commit to being mindful, not only in the pursuit of our goals, but also in our interactions with those around us. I think we’ll be pleased with the positive results that we’ll see.