I'm a big fan of intention.
That's because I have learned first-hand the power of setting my intention on my goal and making all decisions based off of that intention.
Without it, I've said things I wanted to do and nothing happened.
With it, I've made the seemingly impossible my reality.
So I got really excited when I saw that one of the top (if not the very top) leadership expert had just come out with a book on intention.
John Maxwell is one of the most renowned authors and leadership coaches in the world.
I could go on for days listing his merits and impressive resume, but needless to say, he's written over 80 books, sold 25 million copies of those books, and travels the world consulting with top leaders.
I was lucky enough to interview him for my podcast The School of Greatness.
John is one of the most humble and wise men I've met and I was drinking in every word he said.
He's written so much (and coached so many) that almost every sentence he said was something I wanted to write down as a quote.
Intention is powerful, and John taught me out how to use it to achieve what you most want. He said, ""It's impossible to be significant consistently without being intentional."
So, how does intention create greatness?
Intention is what fuels your success.
Day in and day out. There's no way to become great overnight, but in the marathon of success, it takes a lot of intention to see you through each day of the journey.
John talked about the power of compounded consistency - doing your best day after day after day, and letting all of the practice and effort add up.
Even though he's sold 25 million copies of his books, I assumed he probably didn't start as a successful author. He confirmed this.
As John explained, "The first time you do something isn't to do it well, it's to learn."
He admitted his first book was a pretty silent failure (his mom being the biggest buyer). But he kept writing, kept practicing, and kept getting better. His current success is a reflection of that.
I then wondered how John stays grounded and humble in the midst of his success. When I asked him, he said that he never takes himself seriously, but he does take his calling seriously. Instead of a perfect leader, John pointed out people want an authentic leader. This means that powerful leaders are able to laugh at themselves, acknowledge their flaws, and give to people that they don't know, with no expectation of return.
Bringing it back to intention, leaders don't settle for doing a good job, even if that's the easy way, because leaders have strong intention behind their work. Leaders go for their best, despite the failures, mess ups, and vulnerability it takes.
"A lot of people settle for good because there's too much of a price to pay for excellent," he said. But the best leaders are willing to pay that price.
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