Now, let's identify the four key factors of agency: intentionality, forethought, self-reactiveness, and self-reflectiveness.
Intentionality: The first factor is intentionality. Intentionality is the representation of a future course of action that one plans to perform.* Essentially, intentionality equals your ability to be proactive, and intentional in your endeavors. This intention requires that you create a plan of action. This plan of action reflects your intent to accomplish a specific task, and not merely ponder it. Intentionality is a critical component to business planning, as it indicates your ability to be purposeful, and deliberate in your actions.
Forethought: The second factor is forethought. Forethought provides the self-motivation, as well as guidance for one’s actions in anticipation of a future event.* Essentially, forethought equals your ability to be forward thinking, and prudent in your future plan of action. Forethought is important, as it is the driving force in carefully considering actions that prove fruitful in your endeavors.
Self-reactiveness: The third factor is self-reactiveness. Self-reactiveness is the performance comparison with the goals and standards that direct your actions.* Essentially, self-reactiveness is your ability to evaluate your performance against the overall achievement of your goal. It is necessary to review choices made and acted upon, versus choices considered, but not acted upon. This comparison will allow you to evaluate your progress, in relation to your actions, and the goals you have set. Self-reactiveness is important as it is the necessary element in ultimately advancing, and finally achieving your goals.
Self-reflectiveness: Self-reflectiveness is the capacity to reflect upon oneself, and the adequacies of one’s thoughts and actions.* Essentially, self-reflectiveness is your ability to reflect and ponder on your motivation. It is important that you reflect on your motives for each action step that you have taken. Self-reflectiveness is critical, as it determines the answer to "why" you are taking specific action steps in your business.