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It’s only the second week of the year, but surely your vision is all worked out. What’s more, are you ready to jump in?

Whoa – wait!

In the January series, Buy The Ticket, Take the Ride, we’re looking at setting powerful intentions. It’s seductive to get started on new goals. Your enthusiasm and hopes are high. Your endpoint is clear. However, a few heavy-duty questions remain. Are you ready? Are you sure?

I once painted the inside of a group home as a service project. It started well – everyone showed up on time and we were excited to get started. It was going to be a great day.

That was until we discovered that the custodian only had paint brushes for half the volunteers. No problem – off our coordinator went to Home Depot.

As we began to strip the room, we realized there were no drop cloths. Without them, paint would splatter everywhere. Someone else jumped into their car, also heading for supplies.

And then we ran out of paint mid-morning. As we began to guesstimate how much we’d need to finish the job, one of the volunteers joked about Home Depot’s brand. “You know how Home Depot says, “More Saving. More Doing.”? I hope we’re saving a lot today, because we’re certainly not doing much!”

Have you ever had a similar experience with your intentions? Although everything seemed set, you realize mid-stream you should have waited.

The nervous “Ready. Fire. Aim.” mentality isn’t new. Archbishop Fulton Sheen challenged this viewpoint sixty years ago. He wrote, “Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing”. It waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.”

Kathy Cano-Murillo has learned a lot about patience as her business matured. Naturally energetic, “waiting” wasn’t at the top of her list. However, intention and timing have been critical for her success as the Crafty Chica.

Kathy celebrated a major milestone in “I Quit My Day Job!” Her article outlines 10 recommendations for pursuing a full-time creative career. You may not be running a business, but her advice is just as applicable for your 2016 intentions:

  • Be Specific With Your Goals. Don’t just quit on a whim, relying on karma or the universe. Pinpoint what your business will be, make a priority action list, know your end goal. Be smart about it or you’ll flop. Don’t wing it, trust me.
  • Dump Excess Baggage. Clean your house and work area; get organized.
  • Risk Factors + Challenges. Know these ahead of time, and write 3 solutions for each. In case any of these happen, you’ll be ready!
  • Keep an Open Mind. Be ready for changes, unexpected opportunities that are outside of your plan. See if there is a way to make them work in your favor.

This week, take another look at your intentions list. You may want to take a night to sleep on them. Think of yourself reading the same list in the Fall. Will you still be enthusiastic?

With intention and dedication, there’s an exciting, satisfying ride waiting for you this year. Don’t wing it.