Intentional Focus - Part 3

To achieve any goal requires - Intentional focus

Clarity of vision - Consistent action

J.H. Carpenter Barnes


It is important we be intentional with the content and focus of our conscious and subconscious minds, (considered to be the sum of the internal workings of our consciousness). Why? Because it is here that we frame the realities of our physical world. There is a scripture which says, keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it flows the issues of life, (Proverbs 4:23).

The undisciplined mind of the average man, without purpose and focus, leans toward counter-productive thinking. In some case I would term it destructive thinking. There are two foundational patterns of thought constructive and destructive. For example, there are basically two categories in the building industry. There are those which either construct or rehabilitate and there are the demolition companies.

There is no room for neutrality or indifference in our thoughts nor in the words we speak. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, which means death (separation from God) and life (connection to God) is locked within the power of our words. There should be no place in our lives for foolish words, there are many teachings condemning idle words (empty unproductive words). The words of our mouths have profound impact upon our inner man, which in-turn impacts the physical world around us. Here is a brief explanation showing the relationship between our words and the quality of life we produce.

Matthew 12:34-35; (v34) O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil (hurtful, diseased, vicious, mischievous) speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. (v35) A good man out of the good (virtuous, honest, moral, beneficial) treasure of his heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth for evil things.

The process is a cycle we must control. When we speak negative words, continuously, they work their way into the heart of man, (the sub-conscious). We, in time, see the negativity we have been feeding ourselves seeping into the quality of our relationships, our careers, our businesses. Some people call it bad luck, a misfortune, or a temporary setback. Some will ask, why is this happening? The answer is simple, as my mother used to say you can’t plant cotton and grown corn, it's not going to happen.

It begins with our self-conversations, (affirmations, confessions, declarations), and the words we speak to our fellow man. Do they edify or injure? Do your words encourage or bring an evil results? We are to manage what we say! These verbal activities feed the images dominating our thought processes. Do not focus on what you will not say! Give no attention to the negative and the idle. Instead, focus on feeding your heart (sub-conscious mind) with constructive words and images, for out of your heart flows the rivers of resources which benefit us in this life.

More next time on the Power of Focus...

Until then... Be All You Can Imagine

James Barnes