Two groups of words

Proactive. Ambitious. Productive. Efficient.

I like those words.

Those words convey movement. When we embody any of those words, we signal to others that we mean business. Because even when we’re sitting in the backseat of a car, we can still get things done. We can listen to a podcast. Or we can write down ideas for our next blog post. Seize every opportunity!

And I like these words. Centered. Harmonious. Aware. Intentional.

Those words convey stillness. I get anxious when I’m merely productive. But I feel better when I remember this second group of words.

We’re familiar with the signals and messages of the first group. But what’s healthier is when we combine the two groups to form a compound behavior.

We can be…

Productive and centered; harmonious and ambitious; proactive and aware; efficient and intentional.

We could describe ourselves and our work with one word. But nobody is only productive. And nobody is only intentional, either. We’re always combinations of two or more qualities.

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