When My Feet Do the Choosing

Ever noticed how your feet do the choosing for you? Our feet take us where we want to go. And sometimes we are going places we didn’t intend to — intention is one thing, but the action we take is another. I believe in being intentional. Without it we become scattered and unfocused. But, being intentional is not enough. We need a specific plan to guide our feet each step of the way. Otherwise our intentionality gets sidetracked by the urgency of the moment, distractions of our day or agendas of others.

Most days, weeks, months are a mix of re-calibrating between intention and action. For most of us it isn’t a direct line from point A to point B. And sometimes the urgency, distractions or other’s agendas are timely and necessary. My schedule was knocked off track by what seemed in the moment to be important things. Then, the things I intended to get done were left undone. Not all of them, but enough of them to cause me to take notice. Something had shifted. If, like me, you find your feet are choosing for you, try the reflection I used to make a quick adjustment:

  1. Pause and notice where your energy and fun are bubbling to the surface or being drained. Write it down if it helps. My intention is to stay disciplined in my tasks, but my energy was being fueled by new ideas and learning new things.
  2. Review what you notice and evaluate what needs to be realigned between intention and action. When I listed mine out, I saw that my feet were telling me that I needed to spice things up a bit to keep things interesting for me. However, I know this has been a rabbit trail I have followed before that keeps me from achieving my goals.
  3. Decide what action you will take to get your feet to follow through on your intentions. Going forward, I need to keep my goals specific, add in one new thing I can learn and bring along a few folks who will help challenge me and encourage me to get on track and stay on track.

What are some ways your feet do the choosing for you?

What works to get you back on track?


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Annie Perdue Olson

Annie is founder of Leading Better Together, guiding leaders through the relationship and people challenges that sidetrack ministry. With 20+ years of experience in nonprofit management and pastoral ministry she equips people and teams to work better together. She holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources and Change Leadership from St. Thomas University and received her coaching certification from the Center for Coaching Excellence.

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