Rules of Happiness #13 – Set Direction with Intention – January 18 Devotions

The older I get, the more I discover I need to be structured and deliberate in my actions. It’s challenging dealing with the “here for” issue.  You know, you walk into a room and suddenly can’t remember what you came in here for! If you don’t know what I mean, than you are blessed and don’t suffer from brain fog!

So I have to make lists, use color-coded notecards, use the “S Note” feature on my cell phone, and/or hang sticky notes, all to make sure I don’t forget important things. Some of the details on these lists and within notes are the things I intend to do each day in a structured or scheduled order; seeing them written down helps me set the direction or plan for the day, as I can reflect on them or refer back to them.




So we are up to #13 of Karl Moore’s Rules of Happiness.

Here are #1 – #12 in case you have missed any, or would like to look back at them:

Rule #1: Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself.

Rule #2: Be Grateful

Rule #3: Say Yes More

Rule # 4: Follow Your Bliss

Rule #5: Learn to Let Go

Rule #6: Do Random Acts of Kindness

Rule #7: Happiness is Only Ever Now

Rule #8: Experience, Don’t Hoard!

Rule #9: Experience Both Sides of the Coin

Rule #10: Be More Social

Rule #11: Love More

Rule #12: Have a Dream 


So on this Monday, into the second half of January already, we have rule #13…


Rule #13 – Set Direction with Intention


“Decide on where you’re going and how it’ll be for you – and it’ll happen.

Set your intention first. Make it clear that you’re going to have a great time, you’ll meet some fantastic people, and that it’s going to be wonderful.

Set your general intention every morning and every night, too. The brighter and more positive, the better.

Set your sunny intention – and you will be happy.” — Karl Moore


Whether you think you can or you can’t,

you’re right.”

– Henry Ford


My reflections:

While I know for sure things happen to derail our good intentions and direction for a day, since we really have no control over some things, I think the overall rule here is good. I definitely feel happier when I have a plan and get things done on any given day.

I also like Henry Ford’s simple quote: “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.”  Simple, yet powerful!


So what are YOUR thoughts?

How do you feel about today’s rule of happiness? Have you experienced the truth of setting your direction for the day (week, month, year) intentionally and seeing good results?


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This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. I think it is important to know what you want and go get it!

  2. Structured. Deliberate. And live with a sense of urgency.

  3. I am really enjoying and appreciating these happiness ideas. Intention and direction are things I need to implement more.

  4. I love today’s intention and it’s right on target for me! I took a break from writing weekly articles to tend to some personal matters here on the home-front but I’m intending to get back into the flow of writing again. This article was such great timing for me and I thank you for the added inspiration.

  5. I have to write things down also, if I’m out and about, I send myself a text message so I don’t forget it. I like your list of rules.
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  6. I love these tips. I’ll have to use them.

  7. You’re happier when you know what you want and how to get it. That’s definitely right!

  8. i get more done in my days if i am direct with myself about what needs to be done
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  9. Love this one, it is so true, you have to have direction, or you never know what will happen, thanks for sharing.

  10. such a useful tip for me. I’m so glad you share it with us.

  11. Its important to remain happy to be successful. These rules are very interesting.

  12. I always set my goal and work really hard to achieve it. I visualize it coming into a reality and it never disappoints me.

  13. It’s sometimes easier said than done, but this is a good roadmap to start with.

  14. I think I forgot to stop and smell the roses. That is something I need to work on.

  15. I’m all about reaching for the stars!!! You have to go after what you want in life! You must!

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