CreateOver the last two months, I’ve been helping a past client be strategic about a likely departure from her firm. Her current company has never been a client of mine, so I was very free to advise her.

Being over 60, she knew that she could return to a private practice giving her more freedom and flexibility. As the departure became more imminent, she reminded me of work we did 14 years ago with a little framework called Be-Have-Do. It’s a version of my more recent work in determining a clear intention. She pulled out all her past notes (who knew people keep their notes) and created her new vision. A little different, the framework calls for you to declare how you want to “be” first, then set your desired outcomes you want to “have,” and only then define what you need to “do.”

She is an exceptional professional and person, in all ways. I was confident that she would land on her feet and encouraged her to do what is best for her. I said that the biggest problem she would likely have is too much work.

I received a call from her last week, a type of call that is a bit uncharacteristic for me—a call to share exciting news (most calls are in the crisis or issue context). After setting her intention over the last two weeks, she had made eight calls and came away with three people referring her to real work and one potential “collaboration” in the future.

I’ve also been doing some re-inventing work in my practice. Both my work and this past client’s work is a strong reminder that we have to set a very clear intention (exactly what we want) and then make moves and have conversations consistent with that vision. From there, who knows what will happen? It’s not magic—it’s following a clear and compelling intention with effective action.

Here are some links to past posts on the topic in case this post interests you.

What Will You Be-Have-Do in 2014?

Start With Crazy and Work Backwards

The Two-Minute Intention

Getting Your Future Vision Clear

Are You Intentional About The Most Important Events in Your Day?