Intention is not just about making mindful and joyous scheduled plans to meet your business goals for the week. Oh, goodness! If that were so, I would be in the Intention Misfit Hall of Fame. There appears to be as much pressure around the word intention as there is around “body fat percentage.” (Eek!) Intention may also include setting small goals that set you well on your way to reaching your audacious ones. In my own expanded interpretation I include my intended interactions and mood that I would like to experience while aiming for my next set of goals.
Why would I determine that my mood as well as my interpersonal interactions are integral to my intentions as they relate to my jewelry making, social media, blog posts, and potential sales?
- i enjoy the process!
- making the jewelry
- taking more classes
- meeting potential customers
- working with the flame
- learning more each and every day…and enjoying the ride!
- if i have an off day, i don’t want to fall on old patterns which include “i am not enough.”
- many of the pieces i work with include
- and a plethora of materials that my wandering, distracted mind (any distracted mind) should not be dealing with (a nap and a soft pillow would be a safer choice.)
- the old adage “what you put into it, is what you get out of it” reminds me to save my blog posts from testy days, when i would like to vent about another life recommendation that was delivered to me without kindness of spirit, in the draft folder. (Oh, how i love and respect the drafts folder.)
Your own small business, whether 3 weeks, 3 years, or 13 years old is a piece of you, especially when what you are offering is handcrafted…and you intend to provide that piece with peace of mind. One on one rapport with customers so that customers become friends. And a willingness to continue your lifelong learning journey so that your game will continue to be improving, as well as your social media prowess. (Yup. Working on that too.)
This October I will venture to Vend Raleigh’s annual Illuminate Conference in efforts to meet more like-minded small business owners who understand that this is a journey, though I respect those who are in it for the race. Different paces, different journeys. But “collaborative, not competitive” as Vend Raleigh, and Social Butterflies NC founder Cary Heise has noted, is something we can all look forward to!
(Special thanks to Heidi at Worth it Woman for her Wednesday Word of the Week: Intention.)