There’s a great proverb that reads “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” which means that it is not enough to simply mean to do well, one must take action to do well.
Easier said than done isn’t it?
What do intentions and actions mean?
- Actions are activities we do or the acts we carry out that are measured by their completion
- Intentions are goals or plans to be carried out with a purpose and a reason or objectives
Most of us are the same, in that we can have great intentions of what we want to do often procrastinating and not carrying out what we intended.
Here are SIX steps to use to help you fulfil your goals and be accountable.
- Write down your intentions – If you just think about your intentions without writing them down, you’re less likely to action them. Writing them down documents are providing a much higher rate of success than just thinking about it.
- Specify your actions – Be clear what it is you intend to do, setting out the step by step approach with manageable deadlines as well as the reason why you want to do it in the first place.
- Reasonable start and finish times – You need to be sensible about when you will start your task. It’s pointless always saying tomorrow, when that day is already full, or choosing a time when you are less likely to want to start. Likewise, be reasonable about how long the task or activity might take so unreasonable deadlines aren’t being set.
- Focusing planning timescales – If you develop a one-month or 30-day plan, or a three-month, 90-day plan, you can see for ourselves what needs to be done, by when, and how this fits in with other commitments you may have, so they are in manageable chunks, holding you to key dates with measures showing your progress and detailing timescales.
- Sharing your plan – If you don’t have a coach or mentor to be your accountability buddy, then share your intentions and actions with a friend, family or colleague, so they can help hold you accountable. Even if you just tell them what you’re doing, it starts to put it out there, resulting in a higher likelihood of success.
- Positive can-do attitude – You need to believe in yourself, believing you have every intention of carrying out your plans, and not just say you are going to do something without really meaning it. Having a positive attitude will make your intention and action more enjoyable.
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