Resolutions versus Intention Setting 2017
Happy New Year!
Like many you may have made New Year's Resolutions. Are you are trying to lose weight, get organized, grow your business, be more kind, spend more time with your family. If so, you are not alone. According to statisticbrain.com, 45% of American's usually make resolutions. The sad thing is that just 8% of those folks are successful at it.
A resolution is a "firm decision to do or not do something".
Many of us start out firm in our decision. The gym's are packed, donations to organizations like goodwill are high, friends talk of how proud they are of their commitment (for the first week or two). The issue with a resolution is that often it is based on a big picture idea. For example, "I will lose weight in 2017". If that goal is not broken down into action steps, you will likely find yourself the same weight on Jan 1, 2018, or maybe even heavier. What will you do when you feel lazy, or tired or sick? How will you keep yourself motivated? What makes it go beyond a "firm decision"?
What makes it go beyond a "firm decision" is INTENTION! From "Intentions, Plans and Practical Reason" by M. Bratman, an intention is a MENTAL state that represents a commitment to carrying out an action or actions in the future. Intention involveds mental activities such as planning and forethought.
What does this mean for 2017? If your "resolution" is to double your business, the intention may be set to:
- make more (x number based on your goals) phone calls
- get out from behind your computer and get belly to belly,
- spend time getting organized
- return phone calls within "x" time frame.
- create a schedule for your life that includes activities other than real estate including family time and time to "sharpen your ax"
If you are one of the 48% who has made a resolution, I encourage you to take some time to take another look at your resolutions and determine how you INTEND to get it done!
Many blessings for a fabulous NEW YEAR!
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