trustThanks to the many people who have sent me emails to check in on what I’ve been up to… it’s been quite a while since my last post in September.

October has been a full-on month where Liz and I have been in Hawaii on conference where I presented a keynote presentation and then a masterclass to an audience of independent financial advisers… possibly the best audience I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with – they were intentional learners… showing up to learn, to participate, to challenge and to grow. What a joy when you’re with people at the top of their game and still see every day, whatever it brings,  as a learning and growth opportunity.

How’s your own attitude and actions on intentional learning going?

After the Hawaii trip where we extended our stay (we both thoroughly enjoyed Hawaii), the next week I had a keynote and masterclass to present to 250+ mortgage brokers on board the cruise ship Celebrity Soltice. Liz attended with me, and while I can’t say the ocean cruising is our cup of tea, we certainly enjoyed it, and again, I enjoyed working with the mortgage brokers, especially during the masterclass where we got to do lots of Q&A and dig into some real practical tips on intentional trust, sales and success.

During all of that, I’ve also been a bit distracted by commencing my 2nd year of my Master degree in Applied Positive Psychology. It’s been fascinating so far, the lectures and content are uncovering a 2nd Wave of Positive Psychology… a more integrated approach that takes on so much more than simply being happy, and so much more than just focusing on the positive emotions of an individual. I will be posting more on this, and how my research into Intentional Trust is progressing.

In fact that’s where I want to conclude this quick post after being away for some time… on how my thinking with Intentionomics is continuing to evolve. Last year my thinking around Intentionomics evolved from ‘the impact of your intentions on living a happy, flourishing and prosperous life’ (the sub-title of my book), to Intentionomics being more about the impact of intentional trust on living a happy, flourishing and meaningful life. You’ll notice two things have changed here. The first is I’ve taken that part of flourishing is to prosper, so have replaced ‘prosperous’ with ‘meaningful’. Research in positive psychology strongly suggests the importance of meaning in our lives… and I will be sharing more on this in future posts. Of course, you’ll also notice that I’ve replaced ‘intentions’ with intentional trust… as this is a much broader approach to living a ‘good life’ – where your intentions are the foundations upon which the three pillars of trust sit (your promises, your actions and your results).

However, the most recent evolution in my thinking about Intentionomics is as I’ve placed in the title of this post. I’m currently exploring an integrated approach to positive psychology and in particular, I’m exploring what’s known as the LIFE Model outlined in a fascinating book aptly titled “Applied Positive Psychology – Integrated positive practice by Tim Lomas, Kate Hefferon and Itai Ivtzan (all who are lecturers at Uni of East London where I’m doing my master degree by distance learning). In their book, the authors suggest that the purpose of positive psychology is to ‘make life better’. In it’s simplicity, this is actually a very broad concept on which I will share more broadly in other posts. However, suffice it to say that I have certainly adopted this goal or purpose of positive psychology, and have now integrated this into my own Intentionomics… that intetionomics is about the impact of intentional trust on making life better.

More to come, and thanks for your patience, and I do trust (no pun intended) that, because of my current juggling of all that’s going on in my life, that what I know will be more infrequent posting, will continue to be of value when I do post… because that’s my aim with these posts… to in some way positively impact your intentions, promises, actions and results, to help you bring more trust into your life (self trust, trust in others and others trusting in you) and to genuinely help you make life better.

Warmly, David.