Make your actions more intentional

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My intention with each of these posts is that you’re challenged to interrupt the noise and routine in your life, just for a moment, to think more deeply about what really matters in life… your relationship with yourself and with others in your professional and personal life.

Action Summary

  1. Complete a daily/weekly review of your actions, not just your results
  2. Set daily/weekly action goals to be more focused on getting the important things done first

The WHY:

You might be aware of the saying ‘The road to hell is paved with good intentions’. One simple interpretation of this is to say you can have all the right intentions, but if you don’t take action on them, your intentions will lead to nothing.

My Dad’s advice to me as a youngster was “Son, if you want to get stuff done … Do stuff!” I reckon that’s still pretty good advice. A good friend and mentor of mine Ron Willingham asks, “What are you not doing today that if you did it, would help you move closer to your goals?” The adage, ‘Actions speak louder than words’ still rings true today and if you really want to be honest with yourself about why your current levels of success in every aspect of your business and personal life are where they are, look to your actions … so it just makes sense to make your actions more intentional.

It’s where you spend your time (the actions or inaction you practice) that produces your results.

Positive thinking is a good place to start, but it’s never enough. Just wanting something to happen won’t get it done. When you set an intentional goal to achieve something, it then takes focused intentional action for it to become a reality.

The key here is to be aware of the intentions you have in wanting to achieve whatever it is you’re wanting to achieve.

Let me finish with a quote from Mark Twain who said:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things
you didn’t do than the ones you did do…so throw off the bow lines.
Sail away from the safe harbor…Explore, Dream, Discover.”

Mark Twain

My best to you for now, and remember when you intentionally improve the life of others in your professional and personal relationships, you set up the power of reciprocity … what you give out, you get back.

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