With my Great Creators NetWork this week, we sparked some interesting conversation about being intentional each day. The cross-company group is focused on creating remarkable results for their organizations and careers.The topic of the session was the Art of Getting Clear, but we began blending the concept with creating our day.  The key insights we mulled over this week include:

  1. We have to start with our internal gauge: how we want to think and feel. Even when we are clear on our intention for the day, it is so easy to let our ego react to the “stuff” outside of us. When you are clear about how you want to be, you are less likely to be pulled off course.
  2. We can’t always make what we intend happen in any given day. We have co-creators (i.e., people from whom we must have action or endorsement) and things evolve often on their own pace. However, we can always acknowledge our success in having the internal day we wanted–actually quite a success if you think about it.
  3. The practice of setting our intention is a new habit that we have to adopt. How do you adopt a new habit? Well, you certainly don’t “try” to get it going. In fact, you have to be intentional about creating a new habit. Some people know how they do that; others turn inside-out thinking about new habits. Whatever you do, you have to start with commitment, allow mis-creations, and pick up the next day until you don’t have to think about it.

What we didn’t talk much about, but I’ve been reflecting on today is the value of getting quiet to set your intention. And, many of us just don’t create that time for ourselves–if we did, we would do it more often. When do you have make the time to go inside and decide what you intend to create for the day or a particular conversation?

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