Have you ever thought to yourself, “I should get up and get this ____ done.” And it didn’t happen. Or have you seen someone give a weak order, “You should move those files someday.” And it didn’t get done.
One skill that great leaders have that puts them in control of situations is the strength of their intention to get something done or make something happen. You have to direct your mind to the result that you want and put that across to the other person. When you use the correct level in your communication, people pay attention to you and you get better results.
For example, if you tell your children to clean up their rooms with weak intention, they continue to play around. If you tell them with strong intention, it gets done.
Intention at Work
Your job is easier when you use the correct amount to make something happen. For example, a co-worker named Chris likes to complain to you. Chris says, “I hate this crappy chair.” “This weather is horrible.” “Oh no, here comes Mr. Big again.”
Tolerating or avoiding Chris resolves nothing. Your workplace remains stressful. Yet if you look Chris in the eye and say, “Chris, stop complaining,” using full intention for that happen, you will enjoy some wonderful results.
A manager with poor intention gets little cooperation and eventually fails. However, a manager with strong intention finds that his or her employees usually do what they were hired to do.
Practice this until you become good at it. And get more done!