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In today’s busy world full of distractions and a race for more and more material wealth, we often find that something is missing.
No matter how hard we work, how much money we have in the bank, how big our house is, and how fancy of a car we drive, it never quite seems to be enough.
That’s because we’re busy chasing the wrong things and focusing on the wrong stuff to live a happy and fulfilled life.
That is why it’s so important to focus on living an intentional life.
It’s about helping you step out of this more stressful, chaotic way of life and embracing one that will bring you happiness and fulfillment.
Does this mean that you have to give up your secure job with health benefits and your cosy home?
Of course not.
Instead it’s about making small changes and shifts in both perception and action to bring more meaning to your life.
Intentional living will look and mean something different to different people.
You need to work out what intentional living specifically means to YOU.
You need to consider what you truly value in life.
You will need to look at what’s working right now and what isn’t.
Intentional living requires a lot of self-reflection and of course the courage to make the necessary changes in how you live your life.
While there is no magic pill, there are plenty of simple tweaks and changes you can make that will improve your quality of life and that of those around you.
You need to remember you don’t live in a bubble.
The changes you make by living more intentional, no matter how subtle they may be, will influence the people around you and close to you.
My hope is that it will have a positive impact on your relationship with loved ones.
Above all, I encourage you to change your own life for the better.
Use this guide to make you think about living with more purpose.
Use it to look at what you do in all areas of your life with fresh eyes.
Use it to live your life to the fullest and make every minute count.
There is nothing better or more important than a life lived well.
I would like to encourage you to also take a look at the free >> workbook << that compliments this guide.
It is very helpful to write your intentions down and it’s always fascinating and encouraging to be able to look back at how far you’ve come.
Most importantly make it your mission to put what you’re learning to good use and lead a happier life.
Let’s start by taking a look at what it means to be intentional and how it affects your life in a multitude of ways.
Here I will share plenty of tips, ideas and strategies with you to live more intentional.
Feel free to pick and choose what you think will work well for you, particularly in the beginning. In the long run, I’d like to encourage you to try it all and then continue to implement and keep those things and ideas that help you live a meaningful and fulfilled life.
What Does Being Intentional Mean?
It’s important to take a closer look at what it means to be more intentional and live a more purposeful and meaningful life.
When you know what you’re aiming for, it’s becomes easier to reach your goal.
Realizing what being intentional really means and what impact it can have on your life and that of your loved ones is also very motivating.
This in turn will give you the energy and confidence to build new habits.
Ready to dive in and take a look at what being intentional means and how it will help you lead a happier and more fulfilled life? Let’s get going…
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Being Intentional Means Taking Control
When we live day to day without intention and purpose, we let life pass us by. Even worse, we let the things and people around us control us.
When we start to become more intentional in what we do, we take back that control.
We become the masters of our destiny again and it’s a very empowering feeling.
It’s also one of the big reasons why living with intention increases self-confidence and happiness.
When you’re living more intentionally, you think about what you want to accomplish.
For example, you decide that you want a closer and more loving relationship with your spouse. That’s going to take effort and work.
You take control, put in the work and make it happen.
This is how being intentional means taking control.
You don’t just let life pass you by anymore or complain about how your husband isn’t as loving and caring as in years past anymore.
Being Intentional Means Planning Your Life
In addition to taking control, living with more intention also gives you a chance to plan your life.
That’s a pretty big deal and it can have some huge consequences over the course of a lifetime.
Let’s take being intentional about your finances from an early age as an example.
If you know you want to be able to buy a nice house after starting a family, and have a decent nest egg by the time you retire, you can start to plan from the time you get your first pay check.
By making that plan and consistently saving a portion of your income, you’ll get there.
If on the other hand, you don’t live intentionally and don’t save part of your income, the money will be spent at the end of the month.
Without planning, you won’t have money saved for a large down payment on a house and you will rely on social security instead of having enough saved to enjoy retirement.
Do you see how being intentional with finances and all sorts of other aspects of your life will benefit you both in the short term and the long run?
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Being Intentional Means Defining And Living Within Your Values
Another interesting aspect of living with purpose is that it forces your, or at least encourages you to define your values.
To live with purpose, you have to know what’s important to you.
To do that, you have to know what you value most.
If you’re not quite sure where to start on this journey of living with more purpose, start by thinking about your core values.
Then take a good look at each aspect of your life right now.
Ask yourself if what you’re doing aligns with your core values.
If it is, great. Do more of it. If it isn’t, it’s time to make some changes.
Maybe one of your core values is to have a very active role in raising your children.
If you’re currently working full-time, putting in lots of extra hours to further your career, this may encourage you to look into working less and spending more time at home while the children are little.
Being Intentional Means Living Your Live With Purpose
So often we get distracted from what we really want to do.
Life is busy, time is short, but it’s also filled with things that distract us and take time away from us.
How often have you sat down at your computer to pay some bills or look up an event in your town only to find yourself two hours later watching cat videos?
It’s easy to get distracted when you’re not in the habit of living with purpose.
Once you make that shift, you become more intentional with everything you do. You have a purpose in mind and you get thing done.
This helps you get a lot more productive, but it also means you end up with plenty of time on your hands to do things that are important to you … and to do them with purpose.
Being Intentional Means Making Good Choices
Another big benefit of living with purpose and being intentional is that you tend to make good choices.
You don’t take action based on a gut jerk reaction.
Instead, when you are being intentional and living life to the fullest, you tend to think things through and decide if the outcome is what you want.
This in turn leads to making good choices.
To illustrate, let’s go back to the financial example we used earlier.
If you know you want to save for a down payment on a new house, and you come across a cute, but clearly overpriced pair of shoes, you will be able to walk away (without the shoes… just to be clear).
Living with purpose and intention allows you to delay instant gratification and make the right choice for yourself in the long run.
Sure, that pair of shoes would be nice to own, but being able to buy the house of your dreams is a whole lot nicer.
Being Intentional Causes You To Improve Your Confidence
Something else that’s interesting is that being more intentional in what you do improves your confidence.
It’s seen again and again, and if you stop to think about it for a minute, it starts to make sense.
When you’re intentional in what you do, you tend to have an end goal in mind.
You also plan along the way and are ready to take massive action.
That in turn means that you don’t have time to worry and second guess yourself.
When you don’t worry constantly, you get more confident.
Then as you start to take action and see that you’re making progress, you get this cycle of reinforced confidence going.
You see progress which gives you self-confidence.
The confidence in turn motivates you to keep going, which leads to more progress, which enforces your confidence… you see how this works.
Your biggest job is to get the ball rolling and you to it by deciding to be more intentional in what you do.
Your Intentions and Purpose Can Be Big Or Small
One thing that seems to scare people away from embracing the whole idea of living with purpose and being more intentional in what they do is that they think it is too big of a task to tackle.
In their mind, they have to turn into the next Mother Teresa to live a purpose driven life.
That’s not true. You don’t have to pick a cause and dedicate your entire life to it to benefit from being intentional.
Your intentions and purposes can be as big or as small as you want them to be.
Best of all, they are not set in stone.
They can be adjusted and tweaked on the fly. Remember, this is about you and improving your quality of life. If big scares you, start really small.
If one of your goals is to have a stronger relationship with your kids, start small by sitting down with them at breakfast and chatting about the day ahead.
If one of your life’s dreams is to live more self-sufficiently, commit to growing a tomato plant this year, or grow some culinary herbs on your window sill.
Start small and expand as your confidence grows through the actions you take.
Keep going until you’re at a level of living with purpose and intent that you’re happy with.
Being Intentional Can Help You Find Meaning In Life
One of the biggest benefits of being intentional is that it can help you find a lot of meaning in life, even in the small, everyday things you do.
That may end up being more important than you think.
In this day and age, we’re so often completely disconnected from the end result of what we do.
We do our job, live in our little bubble with no idea of how what we do affects other in a positive way.
We are social creatures who at our core love to help others and have a positive impact on the world around it.
Without that knowledge, and with this disconnect, it’s no surprise that depression is now more of a problem than ever before.
Turn to being intentional and living with purpose to bring meaning back into your life.
Not only is it a wonderful way to prevent and combat depressions, it also greatly increases your happiness.
Being Intentional Means Finding Your Passion
One of the questions I often ask people when they’re not sure how to get started living intentionally is what they are passionate about.
What we are passionate about are the things, ideas, and of course people that are most important to us.
But we can also turn this around.
As we live more intentionally and start to pay attention to what’s important to us, we figure out what our passions are.
As you become more intentional with how you spent your free time for example, you may rediscover an old hobby and find that you’re still quite passionate about it.
Without intent, we often let other stuff get in the way.
We feel that we simply don’t have time to indulge in our favorite hobby.
Once we rediscover or find out what we are passionate about, we can make sure we make time for it, no matter what that passion is.
Get back into gardening, dig out the sewing machine, restore the car that’s been sitting in the garage, get back on your bike… do more of what makes you happy.
Being Intentional Helps You Feel More Secure in You Place
We live in a fast paced world that’s constantly changing.
We no longer live in the same place all of our life.
We no longer hold the same job until the day we retire.
We often don’t have reliable health insurance, or even a job to count on.
There’s a lot of insecurity in our day-to-day lives.
Start restoring balance and feel more secure by taking control and becoming intentional when and where you can.
By living more intentional, you can start to feel more secure in your relationships.
By becoming more active in your local community, you can start to feel safer where you live.
By being intentional about what you do at work, where you work, and what you’re doing to further your education, you can start feeling more secure about work.
Stop being a passive spectator in life.
Get out there, be intentional in what you do, take action and take control of your life.
Being Intentional Helps You Leave A Legacy
Most of us don’t like to think about it, but our life on this earth is finite.
We only have a few decades before we are gone, but if we live our life well and with purpose, we can leave a legacy behind.
I’m not talking about some big corporation or charity (though that’s certainly an option).
It can be something small yet impactful like raising wonderful kids, a love of cooking and an heirloom recipe collection, or the knowledge and love for a craft.
Being intentional with your life has you examine what you do and the relationship with the people you love most.
This in turn will help you craft and leave that legacy without even having to think about it or try.
Refer to this post whenever you need a little extra motivation.
Next, we’ll move into some more hands-on advice and tips for living a purpose-driven and more intentional life.
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How To Live More Intentionally
Now that I have shared with you why being more intentional with what you do is a good idea, let’s go over some practical tips to help you do just that.
Then you can pick a few of the tips and ideas out and start implementing them.
Keep coming back to this post for more ideas, more inspiration, and use it to keep getting better and better at living an intentional and purposeful life.
There Is No Magic Pill
Let’s start by getting the tough stuff out of the way first.
When it comes to living your life with more intent and purpose, there is no magic pill to suddenly make it happen.
There is no bright-red easy button.
It takes work and dedication.
It has, as the name suggests, to be done intentionally.
In essence, what you’re doing is creating new habits.
That takes time and energy… but I promise it is time and energy well spent.
It’s also not all that complicated and the best news is that you can start small.
Your job is simply to take action and do something, anything, to get started.
Start Small To Avoid Overwhelm
One of the first things you need to realize that will make being more intentional easier is that you can – and should – start small.
You don’t have to change everything at once.
Not every little thing you do has to be intentional or serve some bigger purpose.
Don’t get overwhelmed to the point where you don’t even start.
Yes, it’s good to have big goals.
Yes, it’s great that you’re feeling ambitious and want to change the word. Just realize that it doesn’t have to be today.
Today, focus on one small change, one improvement you can make.
Break those lofty big goals down into baby steps and they will suddenly seem much more doable.
Take it down to individual tasks and you’ll be well on your way to implementing real change.
Make Intentional Choices Every Day
Changing how you live your life is all about creating new habits and getting rid of old ones that no longer serve you well.
The key to making new habits is to make a choice to do things differently every single day.
This also holds true with living with purpose and being more intentional.
Set aside a couple of minutes every morning to decide on what intentional choices you’ll make today.
Before you know it, they will become habits and living more intentional suddenly becomes effortless.
By making an effort to live more intentional every single day, it won’t take you long to create those new habits and effect a lot of positive change in a relatively short amount of times.
Simply remind yourself every morning to do something positive and you’ll be well on your way to making living intentional part of your everyday life.
Set Smart Goals
I’ve mentioned setting goals a few times throughout this post already.
Goals are important because they guide us and give us direction.
How we set those goals is important too though.
A badly formulated goal can lead us astray.
You want to set smart goals that are specific, realistic, and have a deadline.
In other words, don’t just say that you want a closer relationship with your daughter.
Instead, make your goal to have a 10 minute chat with her every day for the next 30 days to make sure you’re part of each other’s lives. Google “Smart Goals” for more information.
It’s also helpful to have both short and long term goals.
For example, in the long run, your goal may be to grow and raise all the food you consume.
That’s a great goal, but something that will take years to accomplish, particularly if you’re not currently set up for a small farming operation.
A great short term goal would be to raise enough vegetables to eat through the summer and start canning the excess this fall.
How can you break what you want to accomplish into smart goals?
Think Before You Act
So often we simply act or react to the things around us.
It’s easy to get stuck in a routine and keep doing what we’re doing because that’s how we’ve always done it.
Being more intentional gives us a chance to break those routines.
Before you do something that you want to be more intentional about, stop and think it through.
Here are some questions you may want to ask yourself:
- Is this the best way to do it?
- Will this get me closer to my goal?
- Should I do this in the first place? Does it align with my intentions?
- Is this the best use of my time and energy?
By the way, these questions also make great journaling prompts. Use them and refer back to them as you work through the included workbook.
The more you think on this, the better you’ll be able to formulate and implement your intentions.
Pray or Meditate
To live more intentionally, you have to be clear about what you want to accomplish.
One of the best ways to achieve that clarity is through mediation or prayer.
Find a little quiet time here and there to clear you mind and then pray or meditate on your intentions.
With the clarity gained, you’ll have a deeper understanding of what you need to do.
Your path will be clearer and taking the right actions will become easier. It’s also a wonderful way to enforce helpful new habits.
It’s important to find something that works for you.
If you’re comfortable in your faith and your particular form of prayer, use that.
If that doesn’t work for you, look into some simple mediation techniques like breathing exercises.
Don’t get hung up on a particular practice.
Even just sitting quietly, letting your mind calm down, and then thinking, or even daydreaming about your intentions will do you a lot of good.
Make whatever you decide to practice work for you.
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Keep a Journal
Keeping a journal is another great way to make sure you stay on track.
Writing like meditating enforces what you’re trying to do and the process of writing things down can be a great way to clear your head and worth through obstacles and issue that may arise as you move along.
A journal will also help you hold yourself accountable and of course it’s a great tool to stay motivated.
Whenever you feel like you’re not making progress, spend a few minutes reading through past entries and see just how far you’ve come already.
You can use the space in the included workbook for your daily journaling.
Stop and Evaluate Frequently
Another good strategy is to stop every few weeks and evaluate if what you’re doing is working for you.
Are you starting to see some results?
Is what you’re doing still aligning with your intentions and your purpose?
If it isn’t make some changes and create new habits until you find a new routine that works well for you and what you want to accomplish.
Trust me, you’ll get there and you’ll find your groove.
Remind Yourself of Your “Why”
Until you’ve created those new routines and living intentionally has become an integral part of your life, it’s important to remind yourself why you’re doing this.
Using a journal can be very helpful here.
An affirmative statement in the morning before you get started on your busy day is another good option.
You can even write your “why” down on a sticky note and put it on your bathroom mirror.
Do whatever it takes to remind yourself why you want to change and the intentions behind it.
It will keep you motivated to continue to create those new habits.
Learn More About What You Want To Be Intentional About
It’s easy to be intentional about something when you first start out.
Things are new and exciting.
It’s easy to stay motivated and make those small changes you need to make.
Then after a while, the excitement fades and with it some of your motivation and drive does too.
The best way to bring back that excitement is to immerse yourself in the topic and continue to learn something new.
Read books on the topic, watch videos, take a course or class, read up on the topic online.
Do what you can to keep learning and keep staying excited about the things you want to be intentional about.
For example, let’s say one of your intentions is to eat healthier and lose a few pounds.
Keep looking up new recipes and diving into the latest nutritional science to stay interested and engaged.
It will become much easier to stick to those new healthy eating habits when you do.
Surround Yourself With Like-minded People
Another great strategy to help you turn those intentions into life-long habits is to surround yourself with like-minded people.
Getting regular exercise is a lot easier when you join a class or a walking group.
Eating better and losing weight becomes more fun and you’re much more likely to stick with it if you have a weight loss buddy or join a local group.
Join local groups, associations, or find online friends with the same interests so you can support each other, encourage each other, and learn from each other.
Don’t underestimate the value of a strong support system.
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Do It Anyway
We all have days when we fell that we can’t do it. We all get down sometimes and second guess ourselves.
We all make mistakes or don’t see the progress we were hoping to make.
We all feel like we’re not good enough.
It can be discouraging and it can throw quite a roadblock into this journey of living a more purposeful life.
Don’t let it stop you from being intentional and living life to the fullest. Instead, take some action and do it even when you don’t feel it.
When you don’t feel like it – Do It Anyway!
When you aren’t good at it – Do It Anyway!
When you might make mistakes – Do It Anyway!
Here’s the amazing thing about “Doing it Anyway”.
Once you get going, those doubts and negative feelings will start to fade away.
You’ll be too busy to worry and second guess yourself.
Staying on track and being intentional will become easier.
The hardest part when you’re in a funk is to simply get started.
Pick something easy like drinking a glass of water, or something fun like calling a friend to chat.
Do something, anything on that list of things you want to do today to move you closer to your goals.
Get some momentum and before you know it, you’ll be trucking right along more motivated than ever.
Be Gracious and Forgiving With Yourself
We’ve talked about the importance of kindness in the past and how living a purpose-driven life makes you kinder.
It’s also important to be gracious and forgiving with yourself.
We are all people and we are going to make mistakes.
There will be days when we fall into old habits.
There will be times when we do something completely counterproductive to our intentions.
There will be times where we sabotage ourselves, and there will be days when we can’t get anything done at all.
It happens, and beating yourself up about it isn’t going to help.
Instead, be gracious and forgiving with yourself.
Tomorrow is another day and you can start again.
Vow to do better and move on.
Don’t use this as an excuse to get lazy and never accomplish anything, but realize that you are not perfect and that it’s okay to fail sometimes.
Another important aspect of being more intentional is paying attention to changes both in yourself and those around you.
This is valuable for a couple of different reasons.
The first is that when you see change you that you’re making a difference.
What you’re doing is having an effect and that alone can be very motivating.
Noticing changes is also a good feedback mechanism.
As you observe them, you get a chance to see if what you are doing with intent is having the desired results or not.
If it does, great… keep going and even consider ramping it up.
If it doesn’t, ask yourself why you’re seeing those changes.
Try to get to the root of them, and then change your actions to see if you can get the intended results.
Let’s go back to the example of having a chat with your daughter over breakfast every morning.
If your intent is to get closer and deepen your relationship, but instead you observe your daughter withdrawing, it’s time to have a second look.
Maybe the setting is too formal.
Maybe you’re being too pushy and asking too many questions, making her uncomfortable.
Back off and try a gentler approach until you see positive changes in both of you that indicate that you are in fact getting closer.
Review Your Intentions Regularly
Because things don’t always work the way we expect them too, and because things change, it’s important to take time to review your intentions regularly.
This free >> workbook << can help with that.
Print out a new one once a month and before you start to use it, go through last month’s version and review your intentions and the journaling you did throughout the month.
Make a short list of what’s working and what you want to change before diving into the workbook and moving on with your new month of intentional living.
Remember, This Is A Journey
Before we wrap this up, I think it’s important to point out that being more intentional and living life to the fullest is a journey.
It’s something that takes time.
It’s something that you build up to over time.
It’s also something that will naturally evolve and change as you do.
Just like you take a journey of a thousand miles one step at a time, you take this journey one action, one intention, and one day at a time.
Make those small changes.
Keep working on them, keep adding them, and keep living more and more with purpose and intent.
Do that and it won’t take long for those small changes to add up to big changes.
Before you know it your life will change or the better and you’ll find that you have a bigger positive impact on your family, your friends, your community, and even the world at large than you thought possible at the beginning of this journey.
Don’t let that freak you out though.
Don’t worry about those big changes and the potential impact what you want to do could have in the long run.
Start small and start by taking that first step.
Above all, don’t forget to enjoy the journey you’re on.
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Last but not least, I’d like to encourage you to use the accompanying >> workbook << or a journal.
It includes a handy habit tracker and 30 daily journal pages with motivational quotes to inspire you and keep you on track.
Print out a new version each month, or fill it out electronically.
It doesn’t matter how you use it as long as you use it regularly.
Keep working through the workbook each month until you feel comfortable.
Once you’ve established new habits and have made living intentional the new norm, you can keep going without it.
Unless you continue to find it helpful and enjoy the journal.
In that case, by all means, keep using it.
As suggested at the beginning of the post, I recommend you take a couple of these tips and start implementing them right away.
Start with what’s easy and then keep coming back whenever you need some fresh ideas or a bit of inspiration.
All in all…
It’s time to wrap things up and let you get to work crafting the life of your dream.
First, let’s quickly recap what we covered throughout this post.
We started out by taking a look at why it is important to focus on being intentional.
Along the way, we went over quite a few different benefits and how they can have a direct impact on your life, that of your family, and even your community.
I have also shared some of my best tips and strategies for living a more intentional and fulfilling life.
I hope you picked up some ideas and suggestions that you can put into action over the coming weeks and months.
It’s not always easy to change your habits or your life philosophy, but it is well worth the effort.
Last but not least, I encourage you to come back and reread this post from time to time.
It’s good to review and make sure you’re still on track.
In addition, there are some things you may have missed or glossed over the first (and second) time you read it.
You may just come across the tip or suggestion that you need to move forward and keep making progress.
Above all, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and have benefited from it.
My wish for you is that you continue to become more and more intentional and live a beautiful life full of purpose that’s happy and fulfilling.
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