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Are You Living with Intentionality?

Intentionality is one of my favorite words. In fact, my family and friends often tease me about how frequently I use it. The greatest gap in the world is the distance between knowing and doing. How many times have you decided to do something and it never happened?

I have a simple question for you? Are you a winner or a whiner? Winners do something so that they feel good, whiners wait until they feel good to do something. In his book, As a Man Thinketh, Paul Allen wrote, “People are anxious to improve their circumstances but are unwilling to improve themselves; therefore they remain bound. ” One of the best parts of my job is the people that I meet and interact with. As our conversation develops, I can quickly assess if they are serious about growing and developing or not. Do they really want to change and grow or do they simply want to complain about their situation? I am sorry to say that too many are living the statement by Paul Allen. They want their situation to change; they want others to change, but they are unwilling to change and thus remain bound.

Please allow me to use a simple, yet frequent scenario. It is Saturday morning, and you have a list of chores that need to get done. All day you procrastinate, finding other more enjoyable activities. After all, you deserve to rest and take it easy. You have worked hard all week. Finally, it is the end of the day and even though you had the pleasure of all those enjoyable activities, you feel miserable because the chores never got done. They hang over your head like a storm cloud waiting to burst. Had you been intentional about completing the chores, which may have only taken a couple of hours, you would be able to enjoy the rest of your day and ended it with a great sense of accomplishment and well-being.

What are you willing to change? Are you willing to start Living with Intentionality? Why not begin by being intentional about your growth! Start today and assess if you are in a Growth Environment. In his book, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, John Maxwell shared advice he had received from Elmer Towns; “If you want to grow, then spend time with great people, visit great places; attend great events; read great books, listen to great tapes. ” (okay, podcasts)

Are you ready to start Living with Intentionality and to become intentional about your growth? The only guarantee of a better tomorrow is our effort today.

I would love to hear your thoughts!