Each morning when I go out for my walk, I stop at a local café for an espresso and a glass of water.
I get out my notebook, and write at the top of a new page: DI.
I then title the page along a goal or focus I have for the day, and question myself on what I want, how I want to perform, and how I want to show up.
Sometimes it’s about life stuff, but most of the time it’s to do with business.
This single, simple act has a massive impact on me.
Because there’s a big difference between intending to do something, and creating an actual intent around it.
If you intend to do something, it’s easy to get waylaid or distracted or to procrastinate.
But if you shape an intent, especially at the start of the day, it shapes your mood, your thoughts, and your resolve.
The result is that you get to be more present.
And that – presence – is required if you want to perform at the top of your game.
Which you’ll know: if you go about your work distractedly, half-assing things and not giving it a fair shake, little good happens.
But imagine if you assign your day to a specific, outcome-oriented goal, and a specific way of showing up… and you then take the time to properly shape an intent around it…
It’s said that we overestimate what we can do in a day, and underestimate what we can do in a year.
But I put it to you that you can do more in a day… so long as you create the intent to get the most out of your time and your energy for that day.
So… what’s you intent going to be…?
Also published on Medium.