No goals. No resolutions. Instead, make the year ahead one of intentions and pursuits.
Make 2016 a year where you embrace intentional action. To be truly intentional, you must pursue your desired outcome with conscious thought about the steps you will take. Dig deeper into your motivation; consider the long term, not simply the short term, consequences. Think it through. Pursuing a result without considering all the possibilities can create chaos. Good situations become mediocre; mediocre conditions turn bad. Prepare yourself for unexpected results and unplanned events. Anything that disrupts your path or action item list puts you at risk for forgetting your intended target. Be proactive in your thought process to avoid this type of detour.
Once you have planned for detours, prepared contingency plans, consider what you are willing to sacrifice, endure, suffer, or risk in your pursuit.
Intentional behavior requires us to fully examine risks and rewards. Rare is the reward that comes without risk or sacrifice. Dare to ask intentionally not just what you want but what you are willing to give away or give up. Will you risk money? How might you sacrifice personal time?
Pursuit of a personal goal can interrupt professional growth. The opposite is also true. Being intentional is equivalent to taking aim at a target. Understand what you might hit and where your misses may land. You should know where you have been and where you would like to go.
Resolutions and goals can seem absolute causing us to allow setbacks to translate to defeat.
Coupling proactive thought with deliberate action generates a new paradigm. We begin to embrace that forward progress may have moments of sliding backward or getting off track. Yet, we are not deterred from the journey.
Set out intending to pursue long term, sustainable change. Only you can challenge yourself to reach new heights.
Kim Wilborn (KWilborn@solutionpartnersinc.com or (585)-2591228) is president of Solution Partners Inc., a small-business consulting firm providing business coaching, strategic planning, financial oversight, and accountability. This column is written by members of the Rochester Women’s Network (rwn.org).