Choose Wisely Your One Word Personal Mantra

At the end of last year Kelly McCormick, a colleague and friend,  shared a post about adopting one word as one’s personal mantra for her business in 2016.  She chose the word “focus.”

personal-mantra I thought over the posting for several hours because I realized I must be wise in choosing the correct word.  Even though focus was the first word that came to mind, I chose the word “intentional” for my one word personal mantra.

For me intentional was more about my actual behaviors than my mental clarity.  Each action I would undertake would be very directed toward the end result to increase sales and expand my influence.

Since committing to this word one word personal mantra of “intentional,” my results so far this year have been exceedingly better than this time last year. Sales leads have quadrupled, committed business is up and my time is much more productive.

For example, I intentionally waited to publish this article Putting the How into Employee Engagement on LinkedIn Pulse until after January 01, 2016 even though it had been written for over 2 weeks.  Since its publication, two weeks ago, this article has been viewed over 5,000 times and shared over 200 times.

I personally applied intentional behavior to this article and thanked everyone who has shared the article via their LinkedIn updates. Yes I have personally thanked over 200 people. Remember social media is not a one way street but rather a two way engagement street. Note: LinkedIn has updated their statistics and now even those with free memberships can see who is sharing their postings.

The outcomes of this intentional behavior include:

  • One executive coaching client
  • Four qualified sales leads (executive coaching and employee engagement workshop)
  • 30 plus LinkedIn invitations
  • 10 prospects
  • Over 100 new followers on LinkedIn

Then in talking with Kelly she provided some additional suggestions about follow-up articles.  I have taken those suggestions to heart and later today will be publishing the second in a series of employee engagement.

By having this one word, it acts as a behavioral filter for me.  I now filter my behaviors using these three questions:

  • Are my behaviors intentional?
  • What would more intentional behaviors look like?
  • Are my intentional behaviors in alignment with my brand of “just be valuable?”

Life is complicated enough.  When we can render our behaviors into more simple ones, we can begin to simplify our lives. So far intentional is working well for me in just two weeks.  I am truly looking forward to the next couple of months.  Who knows what other intentional results will happen from my one word personal mantra?

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Leanne Hoagland-Smith is THE People and Process Problem Solver. She supports forward thinking leadership in bridging the gaps between the two problems restricting strategic business growth – people and processes. Leanne can be reached at 219.508.2859 central time USA.  Follow her on Twitter or check out her profile on LinkedIn.

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4 Responses to “Choose Wisely Your One Word Personal Mantra”

  • Leanne – what an intense idea, the “one-word-personal-mantra”! I like your word – Intentional. It is indeed a deliberate effort to come up with one word which should justify your whole persona. I am still thinking for mine (may be “passionate”) :).

  • Shweta – I cannot take credit for the idea, just the application of it to myself. Passionate is a excellent word. The word origin of passion means suffering. Thanks for sharing your thoughts,

    Leanne Hoagland-Smith

  • Hi Leanne,

    This is a great article. I really your intentional check-in list:

    -Are my behaviors intentional?
    -What would more intentional behaviors look like?
    -Are my intentional behaviors in alignment with my brand of “just be valuable?”

    Congrats on all of the outcomes that are transpiring as a result of your intention to be “intentional”.


  • Good morning Kelly, Being the process and practical person I am, I had to create my own filters (checklist) to keep me on track. Thanks for the congratulations, I look forward to us privately sharing our outcomes with our one word personal mantra.


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