The Power Behind Intentional Living

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Live to lead is an annual conference organized by the John Maxwell Company. Broadcasted in several countries all over the world, it is a leader development experience designed to equip people with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways.

Held at the Kampala Serena Hotel, Addmaya’s team was in attendance for this year’s conference and there was so much to learn.  At 68 years of age, leadership guru John Maxwell is well positioned to enlighten the world on the abandoned topic of Intentional Living.

Why Intentional Living?

So many times our lives are lived on the edge of societal expectations. It is like a programed process of human existence that is inevitably ingrained in our systems. You need to be born, go to kindergarten, primary school, high school and definitely get that degree from a recognized University. What’s next after that, you ask yourself. And society always has the answer. ‘You need to build your career, get married and don’t forget to have kids.’ Compulsions and impulsions characterize our lives on a daily basis.

Through a live stream broadcast, Maxwell imparted crucial life lessons that can easily be discarded as unimportant or inconveniencing to practice. The word for leaders was that at the core of intentional leadership is intentional living.

IMG_8256.1JPGA live broadcast of John Maxwell teaching in Victoria Hall at Kampala Serena Hotel.

Peter Mukibi, Creative Director here at Addmaya says that from the conference he learnt that a leader has to give 100% everyday.

‘Your actions today determine your destiny so you have to layout your goals and adjust your priorities accordingly.You have to be intentional.  Success is about me and significance is about others. It’s one thing to have good intentions but you have to act on them,’ Mukibi recounts.

Unlike giving society, people and circumstances leverage to control our lives, intentional living is being in control of our lives. It means that we have to be deliberate, think through what we are going to do daily. Be consistent. Be who we say you are. Be reliable. And lastly be wilful. This means that we choose to live and lead our lives. You intentionally value, believe and love people.

IMG_8002Ladies interacting after the conference.

Why do we need to be intentional in our living? Clearly this phenomenon touches the most loved area of our lives – our comfort zones. It requires us to stretch our mental muscles by having to think through what we do everyday. Well before you get carried away by the little alibis, in his words, Maxwell says,

‘An unintentional life accepts everything and does nothing. An intentional life embraces only the things that will add to the mission of significance.’

So do you want to be significant and successful? Consider living an intentional life. Intentional living moves you from good intentions to good acts. It transcends words to acts. It calls for intentional thinking. Intentional living inspires us to make everyday count. Maxwell nails it down by saying that the secret of our success is determined by what we do daily.

IMG_8299It was about taking notes and paying attention.

Life is not about going through the motions; waking up, going to work, catching up with friends at a café, getting back home, watching the news, going to sleep and repeating the whole cycle all over again the next day.

The conference was attended by prominent companies and organizations such as Watoto, Uganda Revenue Authority, NBS Tv, Stanbic Bank to mention but a few.

The event was also graced by other influential speakers; Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Turner, best selling author, speaker and life coach, Valorie Burton and President of The Table Group, Pat Lencioni.