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Being Intentional – Part I

GROWTH

When you make excuses, you deny yourself the opportunity to grow.
 (Tayo Adeyemi)

EXCELLENCE

Are you being intentional about pursuing your purpose, or are you sitting back waiting for everything to come to you?

Just because you know the direction that God is taking you in your life, doesn’t mean that there isn’t going to be some hard work and decision-making involved.  There are going to be many many opportunities come your way. You will not be able to take every single one of them, so you need to position yourself to know which ones you should take advantage of.

One area to be intentional in is building yourself a professional support system. This is different from a personal support system.  Professional means that it has to do directly with implementing and maintaining your purpose and its goals with people with SAME/SIMILAR purpose and goals.

For example, here’s what I do in my life:

  • Meet regularly with a friend who is a speaker, corporate trainer, and author to specifically to talk about business and ministry.  We provide resources to each other, discuss our challenges, help each other set goals, and celebrate our accomplishments.
  • Almost every month I drive about two hours north to attend the Northwest Christian Writer’s Association meeting (http://www.nwchristianwriters.org/). Almost always I dread entering the nation’s 10th worst traffic.  Almost always I wind up in the wrong lane for the exit I need going back home very late at night.  But always I wind up being glad I made the effort to attend.  There is something about the atmosphere when you walk into a room where 50+ people are gathered for the same purpose, who share your values, and who go out of their way to encourage one another without any sort of competitive spirit.
  • Find the industry leaders in my field and subscribe to  their e-mail newsletters, Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, LinkedIn profiles, bookmark their websites, and join on-line discussions.

Even if your purpose is not typically classified as professional, you need to do research and find ways of connecting to similar-minded people.  They really are out there. It may take extra effort on your part, but it’s worth it.

PURPOSE

Discover your uniqueness; then discipline yourself to develop it.
(Jim Sundberg)

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