Here we are again. The time of year when many people will begin thinking about their New Year’s Resolution(s). While I’m not a fan of resolutions, you’ll find me fully supporting your evolution(s).

The Road of Intention 

How many of us, myself included, have made a firm decision to do, or not to do, something only to watch it drift away and produce no measurable results? “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Growing up, this was an expression used by my parents to call attention to the gap between intention(s) and action(s).

Forget the statistics that show how many people succeed or fail in following through on the resolutions they make. All you need to do is look at the number of people who start something in January and then look at the number of people who have continued or stopped by March and you’ll have first-hand evidence that the road to failure is paved with good intentions.

Intent Doesn’t Define the Process

Resolution is about the intent. Evolution is about the process. Intent alone doesn’t define the process required for achievement and accomplishment. Consider these very simple resolutions:

  • I’m going to meet all of my sales goals and objectives.
  • I’m going to lose weight.
  • I’m going to build better relationships.
  • I’m going to eat differently.

Now ask yourself the ever-important one-word question. How? 

Defining your how is what allows you to immediately increase the odds of having your intent become your new reality… of having your resolution turn into your evolution.

Valuing Self-Initiative

When it comes to your professional goals and objectives, never under-estimate the value of self-initiative. It’s better that you ask and answer the question of how for yourself. After all, if the person you work for or report to has to do this for you, they may ask two equally important questions:

  1. Why do I have to consistently do that person’s thinking for them?
  2. Why do I need them if they won’t or can’t think for themselves?

 

You Don’t Want to be That Person

It’s easy to spot people who have given more attention to their resolution(s) than their evolution(s). Here are five phrases that you want to avoid being used in the same sentence with your name:

  1. Long on ideas and short on the know-how to get it done.
  2. All fluff no stuff.
  3. All talk no action.
  4. Style over substance.
  5. Understands the what, doesn’t define the how and why.

 

Defining and Differentiating You 

Separating yourself from the masses in a positive way requires that you define how you will differentiate yourself.

As we approach 2020, my focus is on helping you maximize you. Encouraging your awareness. Challenging you to evolve, advance and develop your thought process. Considering your perspectives and understanding what you’re confronting. Asking tough questions that need to be asked by someone who’s coming alongside you and helping you…requiring you to answer the question of how.

This is at the core of defining you so others don’t. Making sure that you bring all of the pieces together. It’s time to stop focusing on tactics alone when an individual strategy is what’s required to support the complexities that your growth and evolution present.

Your awareness is the starting point for converting your intent to action. The insights you gain are what lead to a more complete understanding of choices, better decisions and outcomes.

You can start this process by asking yourself a few #Thoughtstarters:

  1. What three things do I value most and why?
  2. What drives me every day? Why?
  3. What is one thing that is truly unique about me?
  4. In what area of my life have I shown the greatest amount of growth?
  5. Where have I limited my evolution? Why?

This is about helping you focus relentlessly on you and the distinct competitive advantage that your intentions offer if you commit to the process of how you’ll achieve them.  So stay tuned, there’s more to come.

With purpose,
Brent

P.S. Am I the only person who isn’t crazy about resolutions? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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