Setting Intentions Sets You Up For Success
I’d like for you to take a moment and think back to a day that started off “rough” or perhaps didn’t go as smoothly as you’d hoped. Maybe the kids woke you up sooner than your alarm, maybe you dropped your coffee and made a mess that you didn’t have time to clean. Or maybe you checked your schedule and immediately felt a sense of overwhelm.
Now, think about how the rest of that day unfolded. Were you able to reset or did the “rough” morning seem to linger?What impact did that have on you, your work and others around?
My name is Anna Forbes, founder of Smooth Consulting. As a business optimizer and strategic integrator, I help entrepreneurs, leaders and business owners with creative solutions and strategies to enable quantum growth, empower highly engaged teams, and increase the impact for their mission, while saving time and effort.
As leaders, we’re often so focused on moving the needle and on the needs of others that it can be easy to overlook ourselves. Having not only experienced this first hand, which led me down a path of severe burnout, I see it in the leaders I support. They have big plans and want to make an impact on their customers, and yet they’re ignoring their biggest and most valuable resource – themselves.
When you are tired and burnt out, productivity is lower, quality of work is poorer and the overall energy you can give diminishes…you may have heard the saying ‘you can’t give from an empty cup’ – well it’s true! With higher demands and bigger stakes, the energetic toll can add up. This has a massive ripple effect on the growth opportunity of a business, the team culture and engagement, as well as overall fulfilment.
One way to ensure you’re setting yourself up for success is to take a few minutes each morning to check in and set an intention for how you want the day to unfold. Bringing more choice into the mix puts you in the driver seat instead of having things happen to you.
While I studied habits of highly productive and successful people, I resisted journaling for a long time. A blank page felt intimidating…not knowing what to write meant, I never started. I needed a more effective solution to create a positive state of mind that would have a lasting effect on my day. After working with clients to help them establish better routines, the Morning Check-In was born.
It contains 5 simple, fun and easy questions:
If you were a superhero, how would you describe yourself today?
The goal is to connect to your authentic self and bring more conscious choice to your day. And if for some reason, your day goes off track, you can simply connect back to your answers and make a choice to reset. Now I like to have fun with it – challenge yourself to answer it a little differently every day. It takes as little as 5 minutes to complete and the feedback I often receive is how profound an effect these questions have on shifting the focus to a more positive state.
Now, you might be thinking, how is this relevant to work, business or team wellness – well, Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace Report 2021, shows higher stress, anger and sadness than ever before, and that 61% are more likely to experience burnout.
Self care and wellbeing is a business strategy. Happier, healthier, more vibrant humans are able to contribute in a greater capacity, and bring more creativity and innovation to their work. It starts with you taking one simple action each day.
Will you commit to Checking-In with yourself each Morning? What new things might you learn?