What is your central intention for the year ahead?

January 29, 2020
By Rowan Belchers

I had a tumultuous year on the personal front in 2019 and had to devote substantial time,  energy, and focus on my family and children. As a result, I felt that my work was not of the quality that it usually is.

Not materially, and in fact only in ways that were apparent to me, but I felt like I was a half-degree ‘off’ for most of the year. 

Thus, my central intention for 2020 is ‘Excellence’: to hold myself, my choices and my actions up to the bar of excellence. And to notice and adjust and make different choices when I’m not meeting that standard.

Intention is a hugely important concept as it largely determines your reality. Lacking intention means lacking focus, resulting in a mediocre or unwanted result.

So, to your intention for 2020. In your growth as a CEO, you have a variety of options for your intention when it comes to your continuing evolution as a business leader. In fact, an infinite number.

These intentions might include:

  • Stretch
  • Simplify
  • Include
  • Expand
  • Streamline
  • Clarity
  • Peacefulness
  • Joy
  • Accelerate

Having a central intention is also useful . It is concise and memorable: it’s one word to carry around with you for an entire year, constantly present in your daily actions. 

You get choosing your intention ‘right’ by taking a very broad view of yourself, your organization, your history, and your future aspirations.

They will all inform your choice. 

Rowan Belchers

Rowan Belchers

Rowan is the founder and CEO of Lockstep, a business leadership consultancy. Lockstep works with CEO’s, executive teams and future leaders globally, partnering with clients who seek customised leadership solutions. Rowan is a highly respected advisor to CEOs with over two decades’ experience in guiding businesses and their leaders towards reaching their fullest potential. Rowan leads The CEO Project, a Lockstep initiative.
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