Nothing happens in a vacuum. Success is not reserved for those that are lucky. Intentionality is what sets those who are successful apart. Yesterday evening our ten year old daughter launched her first book titled “Swimming to Success: A Story About Overcoming All Odds.” This book is a result of being intentional in raising our children. For you to grow in your business and in every area of your life you have to be intentional with your time, resources, and associations. You have to start with the end in sight, talk the talk and walk the talk.
As a family we are intentional about traveling, reading, setting up our house, and watching TV.
Traveling: As a kid, my dad always said traveling is education. At first, I did not get it, but now as a parent, I do. Traveling offers you the opportunity to meet other people, see new places, learn new things, and increases your cultural intelligence or (QC). Each summer we take a road trip and have visited more than twenty states already. We encourage our children to be observant and to write a report at the end of the trip.
Reading: We read to our kids when they are young and talk about reading as often as possible. One of our traditions is reading through a book as a family. We take turns to read and in the end, we discuss any lessons learned. Our goal right now is to read through the entire Bible, we are in the book of Second Kings.
Another tradition is going to the Richardson public library to read and check out books and movies. We do this come rain come shine. There are days I am tired and feel like not going, but have to.
Setting up our home: Books are on display and accessible too. There is a section of the house dedicated to books.
Watching TV: We watch TV during the weekend. During the week we do not watch TV, we entertain ourselves by reading.
Encouraging and inspiring one another: When our daughter said she was going to write her book, I promised her that the book will be published if she writes it. I did not be little her idea or discard it. She was encouraged and motivated to write the book and throughout the whole process we cheered her on.
You may be wondering what this has to do with your professional life. Well! To be truly successful you have to take a 360 degree look at your life. You have to be intentional about your career, health, spiritual wellbeing, family etc. You can start being intentional today. Start with envisaging where you want to be, what you want to be, then get into action.
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