What you think is what you say. What you say is what you do. And what you do becomes your legacy.

What you think is what you say. What you say is what you do. And what you do becomes your legacy.

Over the years, these three sentences have become my mantra. Why? Because being intentional with your thoughts imprints in your mind what is most important to you. The imprint is even more magnified when you deeply reflect upon and write down your goals daily. 

You have to be specific. And the more specific you can be, the more you can create the conditions necessary to achieve your goals. The power of intentional thinking and goals is just as effective in times of calm as in times of business crisis. A period of uncertainty shouldn’t cause you to throw your goals out the window. In fact, it’s in those conditions that your goals are even more important. 

Reprogramming Negative Thinking Through Intentionality and Open Mindedness

A simple way of describing this process is that you’re changing your mindset. While that is true, you’re really going through an exercise of reprogramming. I don’t mean this in some sort of scary, sci-fi sort of way, but I am speaking to the fact that the conditions of our lives — our influences, the media we consume, and the way we choose to spend our time — can color our perspective (sometimes for the negative). 

My goal here is to help you use the power of your mind to focus on what’s positive and on what you can control: your level of belief. You can control how specific and intentional you are about achieving what you want. Open mindedness, as I’ve said before, is crucial to creating the conditions that lead to ongoing success. Being open minded requires being honest with yourself about what it will take to get you where you want to go. 

“You want me to use my precious firefighting time to think my way out of an emergency? Seriously?” Yes, absolutely! This is the precise moment for you to step back, take stock of the situation, and use an intentional mindset to take massive action. 

You need to understand exactly how to identify what you want, create a clear picture of your personal, professional, and financial goals, state them out loud — to your team, your family, everyone involved in or affected by them — and plot out the incremental steps that lead you to goal achievement. Each step completed gets you that much closer. Each accomplishment builds your confidence. 

And it’s because of your clear-eyed intentionality that you have gotten there. 

The Words That Changed My Life Forever

I’m going to share with you what a friend and mentor shared with me — words that changed my life forever: 

You are responsible for your results, good, bad or indifferent. You make the choice of what to focus on, learn from, and do. Until you isolate what you did exceptionally well from the things you did not and identify how you would have done things differently, you will never exercise your power to create your future. You have to ensure the best of your results, eliminate the worst of your results, and own them all. If you’re living in the past, you can’t create your future.

I understand that it’s traumatic to endure a crisis. But I want you to understand that it is empowering to learn from these situations so that you can face them in a whole new way when they happen again. (And they will happen again.)

Getting Yourself Into an Intention-Based Mindset

You have to prevent yourself from drifting and from getting distracted by the things that won’t help you achieve your goals. No matter what might be happening, I stay focused on creating success in my life through: 

  • Affirming my goals with an intention statement.
  • Picturing the end result as though it’s happened until it does happen.
  • Letting myself feel the emotion of accomplishing my goals.

When crafting your intention statements, you must ensure that they are in the present tense, say exactly what you want in a way that triggers your emotions, and focus on the best possible outcomes.

Here are a few examples of intentional statements I use:

It is my intention to hit my annual revenue targets.

It is my intention to be an employer of choice.

It is my intention to hire, retain, and develop the best people.

It is my intention to align my employees with the results of the business.

It is my intention to be an example to others every day.

You have to be tenacious about this. You have to focus on what you want to achieve and how to achieve it each day in order to inspire yourself and your team to overcome adversity and achieve new heights. Do you have the discipline to stay focused?

Do you have an intentional mindset? Do you want to learn more about how an intentional mindset in combination with taking massive action can help you achieve your personal, professional, and financial goals? Contact Cardone Ventures TODAY to learn how the CV team can help you scale and grow your business!