Do you like to exercise? I know people who love to exercise and people who absolutely despise it. I have several friends who live to exercise. If they cannot work out, it affects their disposition in a less than positive way.

I also have friends who would rather do anything else before exercising. They can always explain why they do not exercise. Now, I know you are wondering where do I fall on the exercise line? Well, to be honest, I am somewhere in the middle.

Before I explain, let me share a bit of my history. I did not grow playing sports. While my father was very active, I did not inherit his gene. Of course, when I was young, I played outside, jumped rope, rode my bike, and did normal childhood physical education activities. However, I did not play organized sports.

The closest I came to athletics was being a majorette in the high school marching band. I love to dance and twirl my baton. I was also a cheerleader in college. (Yes, I was a cheerleader, but that is another story…) So, as you probably have figured out, exercise was not a part of my daily routine until joining the military.

After joining the military, I realized very quickly that I needed to adjust my attitude about exercising. Why, may you ask? Because my job depended on being physically fit. I was required to pass an annual physical fitness test.

Twice a year, I had to complete a minimum number of push-ups and sit-ups and run two miles in a specified amount of time. While I did not mind the push-ups and sit-ups, I hated running.

I found no pleasure in the activity and tried to avoid it as much as possible. When I would go to the gym, I would lift weights and participate in other cardio activities.  I would wait until two months before my test to start running, and I would do just enough to pass my run.

One day, a friend of mine talked me into participating in a program to improve our run time. Well, over the next six months, we faithfully followed our program. By the time of my next test, I had not only improved my run time, but I found myself enjoying my runs.

So, what changed? How did I go from hating to enjoying running? I moved from good intentions to intentional actions! Instead of waiting until the last minute to train, I made a choice to train consistently. I followed a prescriptive program that started slow and built up over time.

The key to my success was becoming intentional about my goals. John Maxwell reminds us, “becoming an intentional person has the power to change your life.” Instead of being passive, I changed my daily routine to achieve my goals.

I learned a valuable lesson through my running ordeal. What lesson? To achieve success, you must be intentional. So how can you as a leader become intentional and achieve success? 

  • Be deliberate in your plans and actions.
  • Be consistent in your choices and follow through in your daily decisions.
  • Be willful and stay the course to overcome challenges and obstacles.

We all have good intentions; however, they will not help us achieve success.

“Intentional people understand that taking deliberate, consistent, and purposeful steps will improve their lives and the lives of those around them.”

– John Maxwell

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Hi, I'm Kim, Your Leadership Guide. I equip aspiring leaders to lead with confidence, emerging leaders to expand their influence, and accomplished leaders to achieve significance!