- Done consciously and intentionally.
Deliberate Action is a combination of three parts: knowledge, skill, and intention. All three must be present for the action to be deliberate and effective. Of these three things intention is the most powerful for creating value in your soul.
NOTE: knowledge fundamentally differs from intention in being grounded in awareness rather than purpose. Knowledge and intention are a circular process. Neither one exists outside of the other.
Knowledge asks “what do you do?”
Intention asks “why do you do?”
Deliberate action turns knowledge into practical wisdom. © 2016 Russel Steffy
KNOWLEDGE is the WHAT TO DO…
- The state or fact of knowing.
- Familiarity, awareness, or understanding gained through experience or study.
- The sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned.
- Learning; erudition: teachers of great knowledge.
- Specific information about something.
- Carnal knowledge.
Awareness is the ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of events, objects, thoughts, emotions, or sensory patterns.
Giving your attention to awareness is the beginning of Spirituality.
Along with knowledge and understanding comes responsibility; the ability to make a response. You are called to do something with your knowledge and understanding. The greater your understanding of the issue the greater will be the clarity of the action required. Refusing to do something leaves you with a huge sense of unfulfillment; a terrible dissatisfaction with life.
A Sense of Oughtness
If you think something ought to be different; it is a call from the universe to be the difference. This call is the universe nudging you to use your gifts and talents to make a difference. Squandering your gifts and talents brings distress into your life. You feel disconnected, empty, devoid of meaning. You are losing yourself.
“Without involvement, there is no commitment. Mark it down, asterisk it, circle it, underline it. *NO INVOLVEMENT, NO COMMITMENT.” Steven Covey
“How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.” Steven Covey
SKILL is the HOW TO DO…
- Proficiency, facility, or dexterity that is acquired or developed through training or experience. See Synonyms at ability.
- a. An art, trade, or technique, particularly one requiring use of the hands or body.
- A developed talent or ability: writing skills.
- Obsolete. A reason; a cause.
You have heard the saying practice makes perfect; this is incorrect.
It should be; perfect practice makes perfect.
You must be careful in practicing anything, practicing a poor technique will only result in a poor skill.
You will not be proficient at doing something the first time, the second time, the third time… Developing skill is about practice, practice, practice…
INTENTION is the WHY TO DO…
1: a determination to act in a certain way: resolve
2: import, significance
3a: what one intends to do or bring about
b: the object for which a prayer, mass, or pious act is offered
4: a process or manner of healing of incised wounds
5: concept; especially: a concept considered as the product of attention directed to an object of knowledge
6 plural: purpose with respect to marriage
There are two modes of intention; conscious and subconscious.
Conscious vs. Subconscious
Each of us is a powerful creative being. We each create our own reality.
If this is true, then why do so many of us create a reality we don’t really want at all?
Most people are stunned to learn that most of your behavioral and thought patterns are directed by the subconscious mind, not the conscious. In fact, according to Emmanuel Donchin, director of the Laboratory for Cognitive Psychophysiology at the University of Illinois, “As much as 99 percent of cognitive activity may be nonconscious.” The fact is, as adults, we spend most of our time subconsciously reacting to life rather than consciously creating it.
There are two parts of your mind and they are quite different. Both are necessary for you to be fully functional. However, both are specialized in their capabilities as well as the way in which they process life’s experiences.
Conscious Mind: Volitional, Sets Goals-Judges Results, Thinks Abstractly, Short Term Memory ~ Approx. 20 seconds, Time Bound ~ Past & Future, Limited Processing Capacity ~ 1 to 3 events at a time, Averages about 40 bits of information per second
Subconscious Mind: Habitual, Monitors Body Operations, Thinks Literally, Long Term Memory ~ past experiences – attitudes – values -beliefs, Timeless ~ Present Time Only, Expanded Processing Capacity ~ Thousands of events at a time, Averages 4 BILLION bits of information per second
As is apparent from its processing capacity alone, the subconscious mind plays an important part in your life and represents a major opportunity for accessing and changing old habits of thinking and behaving.
It is almost impossible for you to achieve a goal if you hold subconscious beliefs that are in conflict with that goal, no matter what it is.
When the conscious mind gets distracted: when something catches the full attention of your conscious mind you become highly receptive to suggestions. That’s the same idea advertiser’s use when they put their commercials in the middle of your favorite TV series. In this case, your conscious mind will be thinking of what will happen to the protagonist of the series while at the same time your subconscious mind will be receiving suggestions by the commercial.
If you want to experience change in your external world, you have to change from the inside/out. This can be done by changing the root programming at the level of your subconscious mind, thereby changing the printout of your reality in the conscious mind.
Most importantly the conscious mind is where you make your choices, develop your beliefs, and begin your imagination (visualization) by choosing to set your subconscious mind free to dream.
You choose what you see, hear, touch, taste, and smell with your conscious mind, but you perceive what you see, hear, touch, taste, and smell with your subconscious mind.
What you see, hear, touch, taste, and smell with your conscious mind are only happenings; they become experiences to the subconscious mind when your conscious mind assigns a value (intention) to them. These experiences then become filters to your perception. Just because modern man spends most of his time in the conscious mind doesn’t mean that the subconscious mind isn’t active. On the contrary, it is always looking for input. If you do not make a deliberate choice to control the input, it will go into automatic mode and accept input from outside as valid.
Belief is programmed subconscious intentions that are built by your deliberate choices.
Authenticity is a collection of deliberate choices that you have made that honor who you are.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions is a proverb or aphorism. An alternative form is “hell is full of good meanings, but heaven is full of good works”.  – From Wikipedia – Proverbs, Infobase Publishing, 2007, p. 234, ISBN 9780816066735
You have probably heard yourself or others say “I had no idea ‘THAT’ would happen”. This usually happens because we don’t consciously intend for something good to happen. Just think about all the negative emotions and feelings that you have ever witnessed in yourself; any of these could be a subconscious intention in back of any unconscious action you take.
We work for four things in life: Peace, Love, Joy, and Purpose Beyond Self. Stalking Wolf (Grandfather)
Intend Peace… peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of inner calm; like being in the eye of the storm.
Intend Love… show compassion to all sentient beings.
Intend Joy… give appreciation and gratitude as often as possible.
Intend Purpose Beyond Self… Interconnectedness is being guided by The-Spirit-That-Moves-Through-All-Things.
Spirituality is the belief that you are inextricably connected to everything by a power much greater than all of us – LOVE. Practicing spirituality is therefore practicing connection to everything.
“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else; means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.” ― E.E. Cummings
“Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt and live like it’s heaven on earth.” – Mark Twain