Intention

I’ve been reading a great book.  It’s called Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell.  I think it may just change my life in the most amazing ways!

I have been blessed to be a part of a group of leaders on my team who are being personally mentored by John and I can hear his voice in my head as I read over his words.

One of the things we coaches must do is to delve daily into personal development.  I didn’t get that at first, I figured I was a smart girl and I would just pick it up as I went along.  Well, I was wrong.

I needed to be more intentional about learning.  I love learning!  I love reading, I love growing, and I love coaching.  So I have dedicated a minimum of 10 minutes per day to personal development.  I’ve been more intentional about it.  I’m beginning to see the results already.

Now, most people figure they are too busy to do something so small.  Ten minutes?  What can I learn in 10 minutes?  Well, maybe something, maybe nothing, but if you add up 10 minutes per day over the course of a month, you might just learn something.

You see, it’s not about what I can do for a quick fix, it’s not a band aid.  It’s a process.

Just like one meal won’t make you fat, one workout won’t make you fit, one day won’t make you a better leader/person/spouse… whatever.  It takes time, it takes consistency, and it takes a daily decision to actually follow through.

I’m a baby step changer.  I don’t like to make huge drastic changes all at once.  When I started running I told myself I didn’t have to do anything but that.  Three days a week I went for a run.  Once that became a habit, I added in one thing.  Then another.  Then another.  You get the idea.

Well, nearly six years later, I’m a different person.  Stronger, better, leaner, fitter, and smarter than ever before!  Why?  Baby steps.  Small changes made consistently over time.  It’s call the compound effect.

That’s another great book I’ve read, and will likely re-read again soon.

If you are like me and can’t just jump in and change every aspect of your life all at once, what’s the first step you should take?  Well, it depends on where you want to take yourself.  But start.  Don’t wait!  Just do it!  Pick up a book and read about what it is you want to do.  Talk to someone who already does it.  Lace up those shoes and take that first step.

But what if it’s the wrong step?  Who cares!  It’s a step.

Then, take another step.  Be intentional in your life.  You will go so far you won’t believe the person you’ve become.  Five years ago I ran 4 miles straight for the first time ever.  Since that day I’ve changed so much.  I’m now training for my 11th half marathon.

I took the first step.  I made the decision.  I was intentional about it.  Be intentional about your goals.

We will get there!

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