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Intentionality

January 17, 2013 — 3 Comments

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Before we can act with intentionality, we have to think with intentionality.  The reality is, most of us do not.

More often than not, we catch what we pursue – not what we envision.   Contrary to some popular views, we aren’t successful by just visualizing what we want.  While we need to look ahead and establish what it is we are trying to achieve, if we only recognize one piece of the puzzle chances are we will never actually achieve anything. Here are four very intentional pieces to the success puzzle: Continue Reading…

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As the New Year approaches, I find myself reflecting on both the challenges and the incredible opportunities that have presented themselves over this past year.  As I look back, there have been both good and not so good, but for the most part… not a bad year.

I find myself to be both humbled and grateful that you’ve given me the opportunity to connect with you – allowing me to share my thoughts and global eldership experience with you. As I look back, there have been so many valuable interactions, comments and insights from all of you. I am blessed to have you in my network and I look forward to continuing our journey of continuous growth together in the coming year.

The New Year is also a time to look forward. What will it bring? How will we continue our journey? What opportunities and challenges will present themselves?  I don’t know. But what I do know is that the New Year is a time for resolutions – not the kind that are often broken before they ever begin, but the kind that you earnestly resolve to achieve in the coming year. In order to avoid that unfortunate feeling we get when we haven’t followed through with “resolutions”, I propose we focus on intentional goals for the coming year instead. Continue Reading…

Of all the amazing experiences I have been so fortunate to have, across many different boundaries and borders, one of my very favorites is the unique opportunity I had to walk with lions in Zimbabwe.  While canoeing down the river Sabi (avoiding the hippos) was exciting, going on an elephant safari proved adventurous, visiting Victoria Falls was amazing and staying in the historic, luxurious Victoria Falls Hotel was, well… historic and luxurious, nothing compares to walking with lions. Many of you probably think I must be crazy – who wants to walk with wild lions? But this was a fascinating opportunity that offered many insights – and besides, how many chances do you get to walk with lions?

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The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one’s opportunities and make the most of one’s resources.

 ~ Marquis de Vauvenargues 

Wherever your most desired destination may be, one thing is for sure – if you don’t get on the road, you will never arrive.  Once you decide to embark on the less traveled path of pursuing your personal goals, it it important that you set achievable milestones in order to successfully enter the narrow gate of your desired destination. It may feel like a long journey, but with perseverance and dedication to fulfilling your potential, you will arrive…

When you have achieved that goal you have steadily been working toward, ensure you take the time to congratulate yourself and enjoy the satisfaction of having achieved what you set out to do. Absorb the implications of the achievement, and observe the progress that you’ve made towards other goals. At the very least, achieving your milestones will fuel your motivation to propel you toward your next goal – ultimately guiding you to where you want to be.  Achieving even small goals (milestones) along the way will give you the self-confidence to pursue new and exciting destinations.

Whether the goal was small or large, STOP and take a little time to enjoy the moment and reward yourself appropriately. Recognize your success for what it is…SUCCESS!

Now, with the positive experience of having achieved a goal, and taking the time to properly acknowledge your accomplishment, review the journey to date and determine:

  • Was the goal too easily attained? If so,  make sure your remaining goals (or your next goals) stretch your capacity so that you continue to grow and arrive at new and exciting destinations.
  • Did the goal take a daunting length of time to achieve? Ensure your next goals are a little more  time-bound, and check the distance between your milestones.
  • Did you learn something from your journey? If so, leverage your learning and use it to facilitate the journey toward future destinations.
  • Did you perceive a deficit in your skills, despite achieving the goal? Think about incorporating some of the more challenging aspects of the journey onto future roadmaps in order to allow you to hone that particular skill for future journeys.
  • Have you derived as much pleasure from the journey as you have in arriving at the destination? I hope so – life is all about the journey after all…

Now that you have arrived at your desired destination, it is time for you to reset your navigation system and set that next big, audacious goal that will take you on yet another exciting journey toward the fulfillment of all of your most “desired destinations”…

Where will you go next?

I hope this series has provided some useful guidelines toward helping you to manage your journey toward your ultimate destination. Please engage the discussion and let us know how you will travel toward your next personal goal. Always feel free to contact me atSheri.Mackey@LuminosityGlobal.com or by visiting our website at www.LuminosityGlobal.com. Check back next week for the next installment of Leadership Across Boundaries and Borders.

Our goals can only be reached through the vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.

 ~ Stephen A. Brennan

So, now you have committed to your goals, but how will you ensure continued forward motion toward your desired destination? The sad fact is that in spite of so much information being readily available on personal goal setting, in spite of this skill even being taught in some schools… most people do not – will not – decide exactly what they want out of life… ever! Personal goal setting is one of the most useful and satisfying activities a person can engage in, yet it something most people  just will not typically do.

How can you score points if you don’t know where the goal is? Chances are, if you don’t know where you’re going… you end up somewhere you never intended to be. How can you arrive at your desired destination without a reliable road map?  Action without planning, is just activity… busyness… an unproductive waste of energy and time. Personal goal setting is like fuel injection for your mind. When SMART goals are properly incorporated within the context of your personal journey, they will produce effective, self-perpetuating action.

In order to have the best chance at successfully achieving your goals, here are some tips that will help you to stay on track and moving in the right direction:

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Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. There’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.

~ Jim Rohn

Many people, often senior leaders, feel as if they’re adrift in the world – not sure what their ultimate purpose or legacy might be. They work hard, they get the promotions, and advance somewhat successfully through life from day to day, but they don’t seem to get anywhere worthwhile – anywhere that is self-fulfilling.  One critical reason this happens is because they typically haven’t spent enough time thinking about what they want from life  – and they haven’t set their coordinates for success!

Goal setting is much more than simply saying you want something to happen. Unless you clearly define exactly what you want and understand why you want it the first place, your odds of success are significantly diminished.

Here are some broad guidelines to help you not only to set effective, achievable goals, but also to keep the focus on the why:

  • Make each goal a positive statement – Express your goals positively – “Execute this initiative to my highest standards, while remaining on schedule and 10% under budget” is a much better goal than “Don’t fail to execute this initiative.”
  • Be precise: Set precise goals, putting in dates, times and amounts so that you can measure achievement. This provides a mechanism to know exactly when the goal is achieved, and you can take complete satisfaction from having achieved it.
  • Set clear priorities – When there is more than one goal, give each a priority. This will help you to avoid the feeling of being overwhelmed by having too much to focus on at any one time – while also directing your attention to the most important priorities.
  • Clear, purposeful steps that are taken along the way will guide you to where you want to be. Your big, scary  audacious goal may take a year (or significantly more), however shorter – daily, weekly or monthly – excursions will help you to stay on course and focused in the right direction.
  • Keep tactical goals small – Keep the low-level goals that you’re working towards small and achievable. If a goal is too big, it may seem that you are not making adequate progress. Keeping goals incremental, marked as milestones, provides the means to keep you motivated – not to mention more opportunity for reward.
  • Set performance goals, not outcome goals – Set goals within your control as often as possible. It can be discouraging to fail for reasons beyond your control. If you base your goals on personal performance, then you maintain control over the achievement of your goals, and draw personal satisfaction from your successes.

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