Why are you doing what you do? Do you lack intention, clarity or purpose?
A good friend of mine has chosen her word of the year as “intention”. When I really thought about the word and its meaning, “thinking and acting on purpose and deliberate”, it really is an awesome word we certainly don’t embrace enough. There isn’t many of us who proceed with life with the thought of intentionality.
For example, how many times do you walk into a meeting not having or understanding its intention? Without a clear purpose, distractions creep in and you get off track very fast and freely, go overtime and still are not sure of the ‘why’ of the meeting.. truly it was a waste of time and time you don’t have or will ever get back.
Try checking your next meeting agenda and look for the intention or real purpose. Be prepared, ask the right questions and leave with SMART outcomes.
Look around you and see if you can spot those who walk and talk with intention, how successful and confident are they?
People who think and act with intention…
Always have a clear perception of what they want to achieve in their personal and professional life, they take action that becomes a stepping stone they can use to attain their goals, they works effectively even with distractions and deliver output that doesn’t stray and decides on trivial matters consistently.
People who DON’T think and act with intention…
Experience a hard time keeping and making goals. They live day-to-day doing repetitive tasks that do not create progress and are easily distracted by things that mean less than what achieving their goal can give them. They may set unattainable goals and do not keep track of efforts nor executes them on a schedule. Time frames are also not specified to achieve each step towards a goal or quite possibly has no goals at all!
How can you gain and apply more intentionality in your thoughts and actions?
- Plan to achieve goals that are attainable given your present resources, skills, and knowledge.
- Create goals that you truly want to achieve with full intent not just because someone told you to do it.
- When planning to meet with other benefactors of this goal, create a timeline, list of duties, and the objectives you want to attain before the meeting concludes.
- When making efforts to pursue a milestone for the goal, think and act with full intention
- Create engaging duties for each benefactor to make things vibrant, so that they may continuously remember your intention and build their own as well.
- Get rid of any distractions that can hinder your progress.
- Ask help from others and help others in return as well.
- Keep in mind that you hold the key to your goal’s future. If your intention is consistent and strong enough, there is no question you’ll succeed as well.
You can never have too many goals that you want and can achieve. All that matters is that you make the conscious effort to attain them in the most ethical way possible. Whether it’s a goal that requires a long time of planning or an extension of resources, be sure to always plan and act with the full intent of achieving your goals without straying.
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