Intention is reality until you open your mouth. 🙂
Have you heard that one before? Just so we are clear – intentions are what you want to have happen, in detail, i.e., what you want to feel, how you want to be, who you choose to be with, what you want to do, etc…
Are you game to try something?
Take a moment and really think about why you are reading this post. What did you intend and how did you want to accomplish that intention? Did you want to learn, to find a great hack, to be amused, to escape from work, to kill time …? Did you want to get it done quickly, did you want to savor it, did you want to multi task? How did you want to accomplish that intention?
Got the answers?
In this second full week of January, research has shown that most people have abandoned their New Year’s Resolutions by now. They intended to start the year off right. They wanted to get into momentum and stay there. They wanted to feel better, to look better, to accomplish more, to feel happy with themselves and their progress. So what happened to all of those good intentions?
Habit. Overwhelm. Competing priorties. Unfamiliarity. Forgetfulness and the list goes on. In other words, our good intentions were not important enough or strong enough to take precedence over those other things.
What is true is that we get what we focus on and if we allow other people, other circumstances and our not-so-good habits to control our focus, our good intentions for a better life with better results will not become our reality.
The reason intentions have to be, well, intentional, is because they guide our decisions and define how we prioritize our projects, activities and schedules. If you want better results in less time, you have to take a good, hard look at your intentions.
Which leads me to decision making and competing priorities. Sometimes, decisions are clear cut and easy. Oftentimes, they are not. How do you and I choose when the choice is between good and good or between bad and bad? Do we have a North Star that guides our decisions? Do we have a method to handle these dilemmas?
What do you do? Do you flip a coin? Do you use that ole and tired truism, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease!” How do you choose what gets your attention, and thereby, your intention and what doesn’t?
I think it comes down to having a system or method you and I can employ, on a daily basis, that will give us the kind of clarity of intention to make better decisions.
When you are clear about your values, what you stand for and what you intend for your life, taking the right actions in your life becomes a whole lot easier.Christine Jeffrey
What I’ve learned is that the more intentional I became, in all areas of my life, the easier it was for me to prioritize and to make decisions, because I already knew the importance and the ramifications of my choices.
You can’t buy that kind of guidance or that kind of clarity. You have to do the work in order to get it and to keep it.
Prioritization Made Easy
The Six-I Method is a system of inquiry I came up with to help me to decide between competing priorities. The more clarity you have in the 6 areas below, the easier it will be to prioritize your activities, so that, you get better results in less time. When you are clear about your values, what you stand for and what you intend for your life, taking the right actions in your life becomes a whole lot easier.
The Six-I Method
Make a list of your priorities and answer the following six questions:
- Identify why these areas are the most important to you and how you will accomplish them. When you start writing the reasons, it may become clear to you which items takes precedence.
- Identify who is doing the talking in your brain. Is it past modeling or is it a superior? In other words, who do you have to please to get that task completed and where do they rank in terms of your values?
- Identify what time and energy constraints exist and then rank the most pressing items first.
- Identify your values in relation to the choices. Ask, “Is this activity in alignment with my values and with what I want to accomplish long term? Do I like who I am when I do this activity?”
- Identify the choices that make the biggest impact by asking, “What is the smallest activity I can do, consistently taken over time, that would give me the biggest impact toward my long term goals?”
- Identify how you will prioritize your list based on the previous answers.
That’s it! You should now have a clear understanding of what your intentions are and where your attention and actions need to go. When you make the Six-I Method a daily practice, you get better result in less time, but even more than that, you start making what matters most to you a daily priority.
I want that for you!
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