(How to Ignite a Magical Work Week)
I sometimes wonder what people would accomplish with their work life if they developed the power of being intentional and focused.
Being intentional requires making active and conscious decisions, rather than just letting random things happen to you. It’s being proactive rather than reactive. Intentionality means to create and take deliberate well thought-through and planned steps towards a clear pathway of success. It also means to verify things rather than assuming or waiting for answers. It has helped me incredibly to be successful in my home life, career and business and quite simply accomplish some amazing feats. (Seriously.)
You can’t talk about being intentional without focus. What could happen to your day or week if you had the pleasure of a laser-like focus on a single goal? When you think of focus, you invariably think of clarity.
Your ideas, or vision, are like viewing an image through lenses. It requires you to see clearly the target you are trying to capture. If your ideas or images are out of focus, the result will be fuzzy.
To be magical at work and in life, it’s important to become intentional and laser focused.
Being Intentional Starts With a Big Picture Vision: The key is starting with a big goal to reach. It is more about defining the general objective you are trying to reach. For example, for us at Fine and Country, our big focus this quarter is to build our portfolio of what we refer to as “gold mandates” to a certain specified value while serving our existing clientele as though they were “Platinum mandates”.
Gold mandates at Fine and Country are property advisory or marketing mandates that, based on our carefully defined criteria, qualify to be on our books. Note that we aren’t begging for new mandates; our big picture is trying to identify the right kind, the ones we consider a fit to serve with pride, excellence and 110% commitment. Part of being intentional is knowing who and what sort of client you want to serve.
For a professional, your big picture may be working at delivering excellent service and work, going the extra mile consistently this week, so that your output is so outstanding and you simply can’t be ignored for a great review or promotion or even client feedback.
Being intentional requires absolute clarity about your major vision, your big picture.
Being Intentional Requires Persistence and Focus: With that framework set, you would then need to absolutely set and follow the courses of actions required persistently, until you achieve results. Focus does not mean you have to narrow your targets down, it just means you must decide “intentionally” based on a knowledgeable assessment, what the best courses of action are that will lead to your desired outcome, and follow through with them as a matter of undiluted priority. In a typical workday, there are many important activities, lots of fires to put out, emails to respond to, meetings, admin stuff, clients and colleagues who require your input. All are good. But not all are CRITICAL!
The critical ones that get your immediate and undivided maniacal attention are the ones that “fit” into the big picture.
A Picture of Bliss: Now imagine if you are deliberate and have absolute clarity on “why” you want to accomplish your big picture. Imagine you have a full scope of your big picture vision in this case, “excellent service” or “10 gold mandates” and, now imagine, that you zoom in with laser focus daily on only those qualifying activities that bring you closer to your prey. The specific phone calls. The deliberate thank you, attention to detail, and the customer-need-focused phone calls with creative solutions. Imagine your results after persistently following through these courses of action.
Imagine further the joy, the sense of pride, the sense of triumph, the sheer exhilaration of knowing what you want, why you want it, how you want to go about it and actually moving towards that vision…Imagine. Now hold that thought! (YOU can decide to write the end of this story with your desired outcomes for this week in this space…)
My big picture vision this week is to_______________
The key activities to focus on until I achieve success are: _________________
Intention and focus have the power to make your Monday Magical. You have to create the magic and I hope you do so this week.
Be intentional. Be focused. Be Successful.
To your success.
PS: Where there is no focus, there is no momentum. Focus has to be intentional!