A key theme from some of my posts over the past few weeks has been the idea of intentionality. Being intentional with what we're doing, whether it is forming teams or eating.
From my post Co-Located vs. Remote/Distributed Teams: What Works and Why:
When managed correctly, distributed teams perform just as well as their co-located counterparts. But therein lies the rub: you can’t simply put any team together and hope for success.
The key to creating a good team, whether it is a remote team or a co-located team, is being intentional. Sometimes good teams can simply happen without much effort, but that is likely the exception, not the rule. So being intentional in the creation and leadership of a team, especially when it is distributed in some way, is going to be a key to success.
The same can be said when it comes to losing weight. While this isn't my normal writing vein, it is another helpful illustration of the point. To be successful at losing weight, you have be very intentional, especially with your eating. At least that is what I discovered for myself. While I would love to be able to exercise my way to fitness, that turned out to be impossible. From my post about weight loss:
I used to believe that exercise was the most important key to fitness. With that mindset, I used to exercise frequently with little regard to what I ate. When that didn’t work, I continued to increase my level of exercise more and more, spinning my wheels endlessly. At the same time I was spinning, my wife was taking the opposite approach. She didn’t have a massive exercise regimen like I did, but focused on eating right, both in quantity and quality. And she managed to lose weight and look great. This was especially pronounced after she gave birth to our kids. She was able to rapidly return to her pre-pregnancy weight while I struggled to do anything.
Life, in general, requires a degree of intentionality. While we may have some success for a time without being intentional about our direction, I don't think that will be long-lived. We'll find much more success, and much more joy in life, by being intentional about our decisions.
What does that mean?
I'll be exploring this topic more in some other posts and in weeks to come. If you have thoughts or ideas, let me know.
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