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Live with intention

Posted May 12, 2008
Updated May 21, 2008

When I was 16 years old I struggled with depression following the unexpected death of my father. With the help of a kind and caring minister John Carter, a lot of great friends and an inspirational book by Norman Vincent Peale I was able to turn the corner. It was a big growth period for me.

I have come across another inspirational book that I like very much. It’s called “Live with Intention” by UNC Journalism School graduate and motivational coach Adair Cates of Asheville. Adair has carved out a list of ten steps to creating the life of your dreams. Her book is a nice and easy read full of interesting quotes and thoughts on the importance of “following your bliss” as author Joseph Campbell put it so well. Adair coaches us how to live with a patient expectancy as we let go of negative energy and concentrate on the truly important things in our lives.

This is not just another ego-oriented road to riches formula. It is a sensible yet passionate approach to every day life incorporating visual imagery, reflection and journaling. This is how Adair describes her mission with this book:

“Think of your life purpose as your personal motto, the “why” of your existence, and thus, your intentions. Quiet your mind by breathing deeply and let the first words that come to you flow onto the paper. Remember, everybody’s purpose is to serve others in some way. Go back in your life and remember what you loved as a child and what others loved in you.”

Adair Cates and her husband Chris work as a motivational coaching team called Synergy Shift. If you’d like to read more about them check out their website at


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  • no more - no less May 13, 2008

    For true inspiration and guidance read the book that has, does, and will stand the test of time - the Bible.

  • blytle May 13, 2008

    Books,programs and websites like these should, I feel, be approached with a great deal of caution. Many of them are utilizing New Age philosophies which fly in the face of Christianity and the true route to salvation.

  • CestLaVie May 13, 2008

    Science of Getting Rich costs $1995; Born Rich costs $595; the other programs cost $195. Guess WHO is getting rich? These are all sponsored & a part of Bob Proctor & Jack Canfield, who helped promote The Secret marketing program a year ago.

    Synergy Shift is utilizing & promoting Bob Proctor's LifeSuccess motivational programs.

    Today, with the help of Oprah, Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth and The Power of Now are being promoted as a way to move past our demonizing egos so as to live in the present moment, instead of the past or future.

    I have read The Secret, A New Earth and am working on The Power of Now. I believe that our world today is so screwed up emotionally, morally, economically & physically, that humans are looking for & seeking ways to calm their inner storms & anxieties, alleviate the hurts & pains, find camaraderie with similar seekers, and just plain get past the junk & find some peace, all without drugs, alcohol or other similar escape routes. Whatever works.

  • Garnerwolf1 May 12, 2008

    Bill, I went to the website and the first two study programs listed are Science of Getting Rich and Born Rich Learning System. You sure this is not just another road to riches formula?

  • Garnerwolf1 May 12, 2008

    Bill, is this similar to "The Secret"? Assume not based on this sentence "This is not just another ego-oriented road to riches formula."

  • jdlewis76 May 12, 2008

    Bill, when you get a chance, check out my first blog entry. I write a humor column in the Tarboro paper, and once I joined GOLO, I thought I'd post them in my blog.

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