good intentions.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions…
Hell is full of good meanings, but heaven is full of good works…

All that stuff. Especially now that we’ve turned over the calendar to start a new year. And I think about intentions and intentionality for a few reasons: my own “resolutions” and thoughts about how this year will be different AND my seemingly constant struggle to assume positive intent in others.

Part of my own good intentions begin with this writing exercise. It’s not supposed to be ground-breaking or provide answers… it’s just supposed to happen. I was reading an article shared on LinkedIn and it stated that CEO dismissals may be as high as 30% due to lack of execution, not strategy! That number is staggering because it shows that people know what to do, they’re either choosing not to do it or not asking for help in doing it! Just making it happen - taking the thoughts and words from the page - turning it into action is a HUGE part of the daily battle.

I’ve been pretty good at my job… but I want this year to be off-the-charts. It all starts with following through on my intentions and picking up the phone. It continues with follow-up, asking people for their help and expertise, and providing easy opportunities and solutions.

The me part… the part where I do things… that I can control. The tougher of the two is to change the way that I think.

Most of the time, I label things in black and white- people have positive intent or they have negative intent. But what about that space in between where people have no intent at all? Is it inherently good or bad (or neither) that people simply act without too much thought? And if I’m bothered by their actions, does it necessarily mean they had negative intent?

There are probably some simple answers to those questions. But the looming thought remains: the best way to show how we feel, what’s important, our commitment, or our success is through action.