Growing up as a kid, I always loved playing sports. I tried most of them (soccer, baseball, swimming, basketball, track, and football), but in high school I settled on my three favorites; football, basketball, and baseball…..well almost.
My freshman year I played football and basketball, but before the baseball season started, I started thinking about what it would be like to have the spring off to have more free time with friends and focus on football and basketball. The reality was that I was much more focused on hanging out with friends than getting better at football or basketball. Even though I loved baseball, I decided that having free time was more important so I decided to not go out for baseball.
It felt like a good idea until I went out to watch a game. I started to feel guilty and wondered if I had made the wrong choice. Two more years came and went and even though I still had a love for baseball, I decided that I would watch from the bleachers.
Finally, during my senior year of high school I decided to give baseball another try. Although I was certainly rusty and nowhere near the player I could have been, I felt good about getting out on the diamond again and giving it a shot. Even though that senior baseball season was fun, I realized that I had squandered three years of opportunity.
Looking back, I see many parallels to this situation and the business world. Every day, you have opportunities to seize that are right in front of you, but too often they simply go by with only the thoughts of what could have been.
Nothing will ever happen because you were simply at the right place at the right time. Even when opportunities present themselves, you still have to take action and move with intent and purpose.
When I work with insurance agencies and producers, I often hear of opportunities that they are working on. Maybe it’s a new prospect, a new company relationship, or a new marketing strategy. The difference between those that succeed and those that don’t is those that succeed act on the right opportunities.
John Maxwell writes about the difference between good intentions and intentional living in his book, “Intentional Living.” If you are curious whether you spend more time in the land of good intentions or being intentional, take a look at this list he provides.
Words of good intention:
- Somebody Should
Words of Intentional Living:
- I Will
See the differences! They are staggering.
To move from accidental to intentional, you need to do less talking and more doing. No business can survive long-term, let alone grow with intent alone.
Every day is filled with new opportunities to do and become more. The question is, will you be standing on the sidelines or playing in the game?
Question: In what area of your life or business do you need to become more intentional? You can leave a comment by clicking here.