We all want to live our best lives, but it can be difficult to know how. In this blog post I’ll cover a number of different ways you can start living an intentional life immediately.
There’s a lot of talk about intentional living. But what does it really mean? Intentional living is living each day with purpose and making decisions that support that purpose.
It’s the opposite of what most people do. Most people are satisfied with the status quo and only take action to deal with their disasters that happen along the way. Intentional living is about choosing the type of person you want to be and the type of life you want to live, and then holding yourself to it.
Try these techniques to live an intentional life and stop relying on luck:
Understand that choices matter. An intentional life is all about making choices that make sense for you and your beliefs. How many times have you been told that the decisions you make in life are up to you? This is true, but only if we know how to use our choices correctly. If not, then it can lead us down a path of regret and wasted potential.The key is understanding what your values are so that your choices will be consistent with them. Your values represent who you want to become as an individual and what really matters in life for you. When making decisions from this perspective, they will be easier because there is less room for confusion about which decision would be best or right for everyone else around us but ourselves
Your greatest power is the power of decision.
Your past doesn’t have to be an issue. You can change how you view the world and live in a new way.
Describe your dream life. Have a target in mind. Think about how you’d like to live. Be bold and leave your limitations behind for a moment. The thing is, it’s not easy being bold and taking risks. It takes courage when we feel scared or insecure but often those feelings are just a smokescreen for our own fears. We want to change our situation but we think that it’ll be too hard or scary so we stay put instead of going after what we really want out of life. You don’t have to remain stagnant and bored because you can take steps towards living an extraordinary life.
Think about your ideal day. How would you spend your time? Who else would be there?
Where would you live? What would your finances be like? Give it some thought.
Know your values. A big part of intentional living is living according to your values. It’s not about reacting to everything in the most expedient fashion. It’s about living on your own terms. It’s necessary to be intimately familiar with your values to accomplish that. Start by defining what your values are – the things we care about most in life, like family, relationships, health, spirituality…What are yours? Once you’ve figured out what they are – write them down on a piece of paper or sticky note so that you can refer back to them when making decisions in your day-to-day life. For example: If one of my values is “health”, then I might want to make sure not to spend all my free time watching TV shows or playing World of Warcraft instead of getting exercise. Ya really.
Set goals for the major areas of your life. Setting goals is one of the most important steps in achieving success. You can have all the talent in the world, but without direction and focus it will all go to waste. The key to setting a goal that will be achieved is to set one for every major area of your life. This includes career goals, financial goals, and personal growth. Knowing what you want from each category allows you to work towards them more effectively.
Choose habits that support those goals. Intentional living is much easier with supportive habits in place. You’ll run out of willpower otherwise. Pick a couple of simple, but effective habits that will help you to attain each of your goals and begin implementing them. Habits are things that we do over and over again without thinking about it. They become automatic parts of our lives. Some habits are good for us while others aren’t so great. The key is to find the right balance of habits to support our intentional living goals
Choose how you spend your time. Most of us don’t give a lot of thought to what we do each day. Keeping your dreams and values in mind, what is the best thing for you to do at this moment? What do you need to accomplish today? Make some conscious choices and avoid operating on autopilot. What these choices are will depend on what type of person you are. For example, if you have an extroverted personality type then chances are good that too much time spent alone in your head can lead to boredom which in turn leads to impulsive behaviors such as constantly checking social media or watching TV shows for hours at a time. If this sounds like something that might be happening to you then consider changing up your routine by getting out into the world more often
Gain control over your impulses. Did you know that the average person has over 40,000 thoughts a day? Thoughts are constantly flowing through our heads. We think about everything from what we will eat for dinner tonight to whether or not we should buy something online. The problem is that some of these thoughts are negative and can be detrimental to your mental health. These types of thoughts may lead to impulsive behavior such as drug abuse or risky sexual activity. Most of our impulses lead us in the wrong direction. They’re often habitual and related to pleasure or avoiding discomfort. Intentional living is about making rational decisions and following through regardless of comfort.
Following your impulses is the opposite of intentional living.
Reject distractions. This includes all distractions, including thoughts of the past or future. It’s no secret that most of us are addicted to our phones and social media. We’re constantly checking our notifications, scrolling through Instagram or Facebook without stopping, watching YouTube videos for hours on end, and playing games when we should be doing something more productive. The problem with this is that it takes up so much time in our days – time where we could be exercising, spending quality time with friends and family, reading a book or going outside for some fresh air. Intention requires presence. Distractions are by definition things you shouldn’t be doing at that moment. Even paying your bills can be a distraction if you should be doing something more important at that time.
Measure yourself. How well did you do today at living intentionally? What challenges did you face? Where did you fall short? What can you do tomorrow even better than you did today? Each day is a new opportunity to learn something about yourself and the world around you. No matter how small of an accomplishment, take time to reflect on it and see what you can do for tomorrow. It’s important not only to live in the moment but also be prepared for what may come next.
Learn something from each day that you can apply to the future.
Are you choosing and creating your life or just living by default? Having a life you love will never happen by accident. Be bold enough to choose the life you want to lead. Decide the type of person you want to be. Make your decisions and choose your actions accordingly.
Live intentionally. It’s the best way to respect yourself and your life.
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If you want further reading on this topic I can recommend The Power Of Intention by Wayne Dyer. This is the first book to look at intention as a field of energy that you can access to begin co-creating your life with the power of intention.
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