The Dangers of Unintentional Living - xquadrant

The Dangers of Unintentional Living

Can you imagine a world where people are unintentional with their lives? A world where you don’t aspire to grow or learn or dream? Can you imagine living in a place where your time is dictated by television schedules and your dreams inspired by ads showing a fake world of fantasy?

Yes, I actually can.

Unintended Outcomes

It sounds ludicrous, but it is true – we are trained to live uninspired, unintentional lives dictated by messages to become some person we are arbitrarily told to be.

This world – our world – often creates unintended outcomes because there is not intentional living.

Don’t believe me? Here’s an example…

What is the outcome of being bombarded with messages encouraging you to eat certain “fun” foods like sodas, desserts, juices, candy, etc.?

The answer, diabetes. Health issues. Limitations on life.

The unintentional over-consumption of sugars produces large amounts of diabetes in our world, not to mention a myriad of other ailments and illnesses. However, developing an intentional plan to eat in moderation dramatically lowers the chances of this disease along with many other side effects. It gives us energy, vitality, and longevity to do and become what and who we want.

Case after case and story after story reveal unintended consequences and the pain that comes from lives lived without intentional focus.

Maybe unintentional living is actually intentional when you stop to think about it. After all, people have a tendency to replace pain with medication, boredom with activity, and distress with distraction. Maybe we intend to live unintentional lives after all.

It is time to reverse unintentional living, to stop and think about the consequences that naturally follow. The outcomes are as devastating as they are predictable: uninspired lives, useless affairs, neglected children, untrained employees, and impotent companies.

When you live intentionally, you will lead intentionally. 

On the other hand, if you take the time to live your own life with intentionality and meaning, you will begin leading your employees better and your family with excitement. The outcomes will show up in your organizations fruitfulness and in your family dynamics as you are increasingly able to give them the very best of who you are and what you have to offer. This kind of change creates an abundance of life, compassion, hard work, energy, and focus that you can invest in your teams and your children to help them become the best versions of themselves while following your example.

Some of us need wake up calls like when a doctor or dentist challenges us to change our ways. Perhaps, in a small way, this blog will do that for you. Maybe, just maybe, you will stop and ponder ways you can live intentionally towards a purpose bigger than the binging the next big television series.

To live intentionally is to lead intentionally.

This was originally posted by GiANT Worldwide and I wanted to share it here as well. If you’re interested in learning more about how your intentionality affects your leadership, I’m happy to schedule a meeting to discuss. Just click the contact button and let me know!

 

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Richard Medcalf
 

Richard Medcalf is Founder & CEO of xquadrant and Senior Associate with leadership consultancy GiANT Worldwide. Having held senior positions in both the professional services and hi-tech sector, he's committed himself to improving the quality of leadership and organisational performance around the world. The way to his heart is through curry.

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