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Think Like A Monk #11 Live Your Intention 愛薇塔的英文閱讀筆記

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?本集內容
Chapter 4 Intention
(p.77-83)

Live Your Intentions

“Of course, simply having intentions isn’t enough.”

“We have to take action to help those seeds grow.”

“I don’t believe in wishful “manifesting,” the idea that if you simply believe something will happen, it will.”

“We can’t sit around with true intentions expecting that what we want will fall into our laps.”

“Nor can we expect someone to find us, discover how amazing we are, and hand us our place in the world.”

“Nobody is going to create our lives for us.”


“Martin Luther King said: “Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” 

“When people come to me seeking guidance, I constantly hear,”

“I wish….I wish…I wish…”

“I wish my partner would be more attentive.”

“I wish I could have the same job but make more money. ”

“I wish my relationship were more serious.”

“We never say,” 

“I wish I could be more organized and focused and could do the hard work to get that.”

“We don’t vocalize what it would actually take to get what we want.”

“I wish is a code for “I don’t want to do anything differently.”

“There’s an apocryphal story about Picasso that perfectly illustrates how we fail to recognize the work and perseverance behind achievement.”

“As the tale goes, a woman sees Picasso in a market.”

“She goes up to him and says, “Would you mind drawing something for me?”

“Sure,” he says, and thirty seconds later he hands her a remarkably beautiful little sketch.

“That will be thirty thousand dollars,” he says.

“But Mr. Picasso, ”the woman says, “how can you charge me so much?”

“This drawing only took you thirty seconds!”

“It took me thirty years.”

“The effort behind it is invisible.”

“The monk in my ashram who could easily recite all the scriptures put years into memorizing them.”

“I needed to consider that investment, the life it required, before making it my goal.”

“When asked who we are, we resort to stating what we do:”

“I’m an accountant.”

“I’m a lawyer.”

“I’m a housewife/househusband.”

“I’m an athlete.”

“I’m a teacher.”

“Sometimes this is just a useful way to jump-start a conversation with someone you’ve just met.”

“But life is more meaningful when we define ourselves by our intentions rather than our achievements.”

“If you truly define yourself by your job, then what happens when you lose your job? ”

”If you define yourself as an athlete, then an injury ends your career, you don’t know who you are.”

“Losing a job shouldn’t destroy our identities, but often it does.”

“Instead, if we live intentionally, we sustain a sense of purpose and meaning that isn’t tied to what we accomplish but who we are.”

“If your intention is to help people, you have to embody that intention by being kind, openhearted, and innovative, by recognizing people’s strengths, supporting their weakness, listening, helping them grow, reading what they need from you, and noticing when it changes.”

“When you identify your intentions, they reveal your values.”

“Living your intention means having it permeate your behavior.”

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?本集內容
Chapter 4 Intention
(p.77-83)

Live Your Intentions

“Of course, simply having intentions isn’t enough.”

“We have to take action to help those seeds grow.”

“I don’t believe in wishful “manifesting,” the idea that if you simply believe something will happen, it will.”

“We can’t sit around with true intentions expecting that what we want will fall into our laps.”

“Nor can we expect someone to find us, discover how amazing we are, and hand us our place in the world.”

“Nobody is going to create our lives for us.”


“Martin Luther King said: “Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” 

“When people come to me seeking guidance, I constantly hear,”

“I wish….I wish…I wish…”

“I wish my partner would be more attentive.”

“I wish I could have the same job but make more money. ”

“I wish my relationship were more serious.”

“We never say,” 

“I wish I could be more organized and focused and could do the hard work to get that.”

“We don’t vocalize what it would actually take to get what we want.”

“I wish is a code for “I don’t want to do anything differently.”

“There’s an apocryphal story about Picasso that perfectly illustrates how we fail to recognize the work and perseverance behind achievement.”

“As the tale goes, a woman sees Picasso in a market.”

“She goes up to him and says, “Would you mind drawing something for me?”

“Sure,” he says, and thirty seconds later he hands her a remarkably beautiful little sketch.

“That will be thirty thousand dollars,” he says.

“But Mr. Picasso, ”the woman says, “how can you charge me so much?”

“This drawing only took you thirty seconds!”

“It took me thirty years.”

“The effort behind it is invisible.”

“The monk in my ashram who could easily recite all the scriptures put years into memorizing them.”

“I needed to consider that investment, the life it required, before making it my goal.”

“When asked who we are, we resort to stating what we do:”

“I’m an accountant.”

“I’m a lawyer.”

“I’m a housewife/househusband.”

“I’m an athlete.”

“I’m a teacher.”

“Sometimes this is just a useful way to jump-start a conversation with someone you’ve just met.”

“But life is more meaningful when we define ourselves by our intentions rather than our achievements.”

“If you truly define yourself by your job, then what happens when you lose your job? ”

”If you define yourself as an athlete, then an injury ends your career, you don’t know who you are.”

“Losing a job shouldn’t destroy our identities, but often it does.”

“Instead, if we live intentionally, we sustain a sense of purpose and meaning that isn’t tied to what we accomplish but who we are.”

“If your intention is to help people, you have to embody that intention by being kind, openhearted, and innovative, by recognizing people’s strengths, supporting their weakness, listening, helping them grow, reading what they need from you, and noticing when it changes.”

“When you identify your intentions, they reveal your values.”

“Living your intention means having it permeate your behavior.”

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