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 is the founder and CEO of Lockstep, a business leadership consultancy. Lockstep works with CEO’s, executive teams and future leaders across the African continent, 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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