“Intention + Action = Magic”
I’ve had the good fortune of taking part in a leadership development course through my employer over the last 5 or 6 months and the phrase “intentional” has come up a lot when we’ve discussed servant leadership. I’ve also gone to two, 1-hour talks as part of a week long, in house, tech conference at my work just today and the subjects were about decluttering and being more effective and efficient with our time as well as how to lean into our strengths to that our inner, high performance leader could come out and again, the speakers focused on being “intentional” with our efforts.
It has gotten me thinking about this Runners Doing Good blog, the Runnin’ Not Walken team, and just this whole running adventure that I’ve been fortunate to be on the last 4 years and how being intentional with those actions has gotten us here.
First off, with running, if you’re not intentional with your goals and put them into action, how do you keep motivated? I first wanted Runnin’ Not Walken just to be a portal to greater health for me. I’ve personally yo-yo’d on my weight a bit during this adventure but I’m healthier now than I am then. I put the effort in to be able to run a Ragnar and now I’m putting in the effort to run a half marathon and hopefully the payoff is where the magic lies.
As far as Runnin’ Not Walken, it has been intentional to focus our efforts on local, small charitable groups. If we’d chosen some massive charity, they might not have wanted the hassle of our group, they most certainly wouldn’t make an effort to promote us, and the dollar amounts we’ve raise really wouldn’t have been a big deal for them either. Between Kate’s Kart and now NeighborLink Fort Wayne, we’ve been blessed by two groups who are making an effort to push us so that we’re successful in what we do and consequently, they benefit. The magic here is that it has proven to work not just once but four times and with results that only show that we’re continuing to grow as we maximize the opportunities we’re given and only push the fundraising dollars even higher from one year to the next.
With Runners Doing Good, there is a very real intent to make those that are putting their blood, sweat, and tears into the running community, their weight loss efforts, and other causes that are important to them. I’ve been very blessed to come into contact with some really great people and while we’ve only released one Run Good profile in February and none so far in March, the best is yet to come. I’m about to announce a fundraising effort for one running for the month of April. Again, in that instance, we’re going to be very intentional with our efforts to hopefully raise a bit of money for a wonderful cause.
And with that, I want to say, very intentionally…Thank You. I see the viewer habits and totals and while there are still peaks and valleys, the peaks continue to be higher and higher and I couldn’t be more appreciative of all of you who take the time and effort to read this. Thank you so much!