Intentionality. This is an important idea and an important quality that must be present in the entrepreneur. It is the thing a person implements when he or she starts a business. They decide to do something. They decide to change course from their current path, which may be employment, and choose a different path, self-employment and business ownership. Leadership, not follower-ship.
But the problem I see in my clients is that the ‘intentionality’ mood passes over time. This is a problem. We must, as organizational developers, continue to be proactive, as opposed to reactive. We have to keep pushing forward with the same spirit and vigor we walked in as we started out on this crazy venture. There are too many ways to fail if we lose our edge.
If your business flourishes, it will be because you are intentional. Make it flourish, on purpose.
I’m am regularly gripped by a fog that won’t let me go. Perhaps this is a confession, or perhaps just an observation. I feel the fingers tighten as I reach out to accomplish something worth doing. You could call it a lack of motivation. You could call it depression. You could call it discouragement. All these are possibly true, but I think it is something else.
I feel embattled. When I see a change that needs to be made in the course of my life, all the sudden unseen and unwelcome fingers reach out and grab onto me and try to hold me back. It’s almost like the path that I need to take suddenly and inexplicably becomes totally covered in thorn bushes and briars. Of course at the same moment the pathway which I should NOT take widens before my very eyes. It looks so easy, and well trodden.
It reminds me of an ancient text that goes something like this-
“Enter through the narrow gate, for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it-”