Be intentional.

OK. So that's technically two words, but you get my point. This is hands-down the single best piece of advice I've ever heard. I can't begin to express how much being intentional and deliberate has helped me in my career, my relationships, and my life. It's definitely on my list of major keys.

First, understand that this is a multi-faceted concept. You can't just say "I'm going to do this with intent" and expect things to change. It means making decisions every day, little ones, that will eventually push you to where you want to be.

So how can I be more intentional? Start with deciding on what it is that you want. This part can be really scary. Some of us have our entire life figured out, some of us don't even know where we're going to live next month. That's OK. If you don't know what you want, think about how you want to feel and what you want to achieve later on down the road, that should help.

Next: champion for yourself. This is a new-age work term that comes up a lot in career development, but it is so real. Put it this way, if you don't make it known exactly what it is that you want, how can you expect someone to help you? Life is not so much good luck as it is good positioning - making sure you're at the right place at the right time. When you do this around the right people everything else will start to align.

Remember

    • Nobody knows you better than you. Sell yourself!
    • When someone knows what you want they'll always be looking out!

So with everything that you do, I encourage you to be intentional. Then and only then  will you be on the path to achieving your wildest dreams.

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