Intentionality is the ability to take yourself out of your body (metaphorically), examine yourself, ask and answer the question “how would you like things to be,” and return to your body to make those things happen. Intentionality can be applied to every aspect of your life. You get to choose how you want to live your life. When things are mediocre, this is a choice. When things are chaotic, this is choice. You get to choose to set better goals. You get to choose to think and believe that you can accomplish them.
- An act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities.
- The right or ability to make, or possibility of making, such a selection.
- A range of possibilities from which one or more may be selected.
- A course of action, thing, or person that is selected or decided upon.
I like definition #3 the best. There are a range of possibilities in life that you can choose to select one or more to accomplish. You don’t have to choose one or the other goal. These goals can be in different segments of your life. But they must be true to you. Meaning it must be a goal that you want to accomplish and not what others are projecting on to you. When I look at the range of possible achievements I categorize them in my Wheel of Life.
You need goals in each area of the Wheel of Life: Career, Financial, Spiritual, Family, Intellectual, Physical and Social. Goal setting involves the development of an action plan designed to motivate and guide a person or group toward a goal. Goal setting is a major component of personal-development and can be guided by goal-setting criteria (or rules) such as SMART criteria.
Your goals need to be deliberate and on purpose. Just like your budget they need to be done on paper, on purpose.
Goals Must Be Specific
For goals to work, you need to focus on exactly what you want to achieve.
Goals Must Be Measurable
Give yourself daily, weekly and/or monthly steps that visually help you to see progress toward your goal.
Goals Must Be Achievable
Goals aren’t achievable unless they’re written down. Writing down your goals helps you to stay on track and reach them because it creates accountability and lets you see your progress.
Goals Must be Relevant
The goals you set must be your goals—because when push comes to shove, you’re the one who must fight to make them a reality. Do you want it? You own it!
Goals Must Be Timely
Giving yourself a date for your goal gives you a target to aim at. Once you have your end point, create a plan and break it all the way down to daily activities.
Not Failure = Experimenting
When we don’t meet your goals, this is not failure. Failure is quitting. You are experimenting and bumps will occur and life will happen. Not meeting all your goals on the specific time you wanted to is okay, because you are still taking the steps toward the finish line. You might not of known how much work had to be done to get there, but now you do. Update your goals and keep moving.