Good Intentions Aren’t Enough to Make a Difference

Intentional Living 30-Day Journey: Day 1

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you start the week with great plans but when Friday comes you wonder what happened?

As the Christmas season approaches, I find myself asking that question more frequently.

Every year, Christmas seems to come earlier and earlier. Yes, I know it is the same day every year but I find myself asking where did the time go? My intentions are to start early and avoid the stress and frustration of last-minute shopping. However, time slips by and I myself angry, frustrated and stressed as I fight the crowds.

Why do I keep finding myself in the same situation? Because good intentions aren’t enough! Samuel Johnson said, “Hell is paved with good intentions.” To reach a different outcome, I need to change my approach.

As a leader, how do we avoid being frustrated and stressed when things don’t work the way we expect? Albert Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” We must continue to grow and develop as a leader.

The Law of Intentionality reminds us growth doesn’t just happen (Maxwell). How do we transition to intentional growth? In his book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, Maxwell offers the following four steps to help us make the transition to intentional growth:

  1. Ask the Big Question Now – shift your focus from now to the future. Invest in yourself so you can become the best.
  2. Do It Now – Later is the enemy of growth.
  3. Face the Fear Factor – Feed your faith and starve your fear.
  4. Change from Accidental to Intentional Growth – Break out of your rut and seize growth opportunities.

Growth doesn’t just happen. The choices we make every day will determine our level of success.

One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

If we want to reduce our frustration and stress and achieve more success, we must intentionally grow.

What will you do this week to grown intentionally?

Tell me about it…

Your friend,

Dr. Kim Moore

Kim d. moore

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