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Journaling Prompts


What's the plan? When you have a goal in mind, do you plan the steps you need to take to reach that goal or do you just go with your gut in the direction of your aim? Have you ever set an intention to achieve something and carried it out to your satisfaction? How confident were you when identifying the goal; did your confidence waver while you were pursuing your goal?


One Little Word: Do you set an intention for the year, using the one little word concept or perhaps by making New Years resolutions? Does using these techniques help you change in a positive direction, or does it put pressure on you that is sometimes too intense? How have you fared in prior years using OLW and do you have one in place for this year? What did you choose and why?


Desire: Are there things you desire, or have desired in the past that have taken over your mind and heart? What or who was/is the object of your desire? What did you want more than anything in that situation, and did you get it? If not, why? Do or did you blame yourself for something that important not going the way you hoped? Can intention and focus truly create 'anything' or is it lore complicated than that?


Target: what are your key objectives at this stage in your life? What do you want to accomplish in the areas of work, family and contribution to the world? How do you balance enjoying your life in the here and now vs planning and setting an intention for your future? Can those two ideas coexist peacefully?

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The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.

Eleanor Roosevelt

 The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it fearlessly.

Steve Maraboli

 The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

 All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom."

Albert Einstein

 It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,

Amit Ray

 The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.

Robert F. Kennedy

 To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.

Pearl S. Buck


It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much. ... The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.


 The purpose of life is a life of purpose.

Robert Bryne

 The purpose of life is to live, learn, and love.

Christine Rice

 The cities, the roads, the countryside, the people I meet - they all begin to blur. I tell myself I am searching for something. But more and more, it feels like I am wandering, waiting for something to happen to me, something that will change everything, something that my whole life has been leading up to.

Khaled Hosseini

Living in a way that reflects one's values is not just about what you do, it is also about how you do things.

Deborah Day

 Dad was a philosopher and had what he called his Theory of Purpose, which held that everything in life had a purpose, and unless it achieved that purpose, it was just taking up space on the planet and wasting everybody's time.

Jeannette Walls

 I want to make my mark,' he says.

But what target, I wonder, are you going to hit?

Cecil Castellucci

 Life is not about negative circumstances that happen to you, it's about what you do with the golden opportunities hidden within!

Rhonda Byrne, Hero

 Life does exist. It's the purpose that count.

Toba Beta

 Sooner or later on this journey, every traveller faces the same question: Are you a human intending to be a god, or a god pretending to be human?

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

 The purpose of our lives is to be happy.

Dalai Lama

 Perfection itself is not the ultimate goal but the ultimate condition of life.

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Our intention creates our reality.

Wayne Dyer

O Lord, deliver me from the man of excellent intention and impure heart: for the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.

T. S. Eliot

A lie does not consist in the indirect position of words, but in the desire and intention, by false speaking, to deceive and injure your neighbour.

Jonathan Swift

The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.

John Burroughs

However glorious an action in itself, it ought not to pass for great if it be not the effect of wisdom and intention.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Our intentions may be very good, but, because the intelligence is limited, the action may turn out to be a mistake - a mistake, but not necessarily a sin, for sin comes out of a wrong intention.

E. Stanley Jones

Any time women come together with a collective intention, it's a powerful thing. Whether it's sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens.

Phylicia Rashad

When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.

Otto von Bismarck

Honor thy error as a hidden intention.

Brian Eno

When you know your intention, you are in a position to choose the consequences that you will create for yourself. When you choose an intention that creates consequences for which you are willing to be responsible, that is a responsible choice.

Gary Zukav


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