What happens when you intend your way through life?
Most of us go through life and business responding to things, people, situations.
This means that day in, day out, all day, every day, our identity is comprised of thoughts, words and actions, in service of the external. This means we are driven and compelled primarily by responding to other people’s issues, problems, wants, agendas.
We are beginning the New Year. Intentions and resolutions are on everyone’s lips. It’s all part of the January ritual, defining anew what you want and how you’re going to be a “better person” this year. (Why do you need to be better, by the way?)
But what no one is talking about is that if you’re making a resolution or an intention and not putting energy behind getting yourself into an optimal place to realize your vision, you’re doing it wrong.
There are dozens of business books, seminars, videos, podcasts, articles, blogs and advice columns that tell you that successful people have routines they do everyday that set them up for that success. What are the benefits of a routine that includes thoughts, feelings and actions?
Reality check: every visible bit and byte out in the digital world with your name on it, affects, and over time, shapes how people perceive you. So in your approach to your own outputs, are you your best friend, a frenemy or completely oblivious?
The arts are a very natural platform for creating with others. After all, what is a live performance but a natural coming-together of two partners, the performers and the audience? Inherently, these parties exchange energy, each bringing something valuable: the performers, their craft and their expression, and the audience, their receptivity, their openness to the experience that is unfolding.
A compelling artistic vision and a high-quality artistic product are absolutely fundamental to every successful artistic venture. If something incredible, transformative or exciting isn’t at the basis of what you do, you can forget about your ability to perform the other business functions effectively. (My mentor Michael Kaiser is 100% right about this). And most of what’s on stage – maybe not the details, but many of the broad strokes, such as the who, where, and what of the season – is an administrative exercise.