This is a bow to intentional living.
A while back . . . in my younger days . . . I was in a very unhealthy cycle of life.
I only had 2 speeds . . . Full-tilt and near-death.
Working 80+ hour weeks and partying like a rock star . . . It was a veritable 24/7/30/365 all out pursuit to squeeze every second for all it was worth.
This was FUN – Exhilarating – and EXHAUSTING!
I could go 3-4 weeks non-stop until my body would literally shut down for sometimes as long as a week of illness . . . forced to STOP lest I perish.
I could get away with that for a little more than a decade because, well, I was young, and my mind and body was more forgiving than now.
One day, I noticed this dangerous cycle and decided to do something about it.
I had been a young (30) REALTOR (fresh out of the Army in 1993) for a few years and had good success closing transactions and making decent money, and I was finally waking up to the fact that I could not continue on this roller coaster any longer. As my Mother would have said: “This jig is up!”
I was a wreck – overweight – in dismal physical condition – emotionally void – non-Spiritual – It was time to grow up!
It didn’t take me long to stumble across this notion of being intentional in everything I do.
Forcing myself to PAUSE and THINK before taking action gave me the gift of a new, more healthy way of living.
I found myself being intentional about my posture, the way I walk and talk, my care for self, living in the present . . . all of those things also helped open space within me to welcome Spirituality.
After a few years of living this way, I found myself 25 lbs lighter and more fit in every way . . . and I realized the immense value of being intentional.
How do you “one up” THAT?
One day I noticed that, in doing this thing called being intentional, I had actually shape-shifted myself into being a “Strategist”
Personally and professionally . . . and I’m never going back.
This is a good description followed by this morning’s Drive Time Video which is all about “Strategism”
“A strategist is a person with responsibility for the formulation and implementation of a strategy. Strategy generally involves setting goals, determining actions to achieve the goals, and mobilizing resources to execute the actions. A strategy describes how the ends (goals) will be achieved by the means (resources). The senior leadership of an organization is generally tasked with determining strategy. Strategy can be intended or can emerge as a pattern of activity as the organization adapts to its environment or competes. It involves activities such as strategic planning and strategic thinking.”