What does it mean to live an intentional life?
As moms, I think it can be so easy to get caught up in our day to day lives of running kids around, doing stuff around the house, making meals and for me running a couple at home businesses, that we kinda lose our sense of selves! Life becomes just so busy and scheduled that you look back and realize that a whole month went by and you never took the time to do some of the things you’d wanted to do for yourself. I mean, we’re always running around taking care of others that often times our own needs are put on the back burner!
I’ve been saying that I wanted to start getting together with my local “mom friends” for months now and it just seems like it never happens…why? Because I haven’t been intentional about doing anything about it. I mean, we don’t think that our knight in shining armor is going to just ride up to our house and sweep us off our feet or that all of Snow Whites helpers are gonna come clean our house for us…so why would we think that we needed to wait for someone to ask us to do something.
You see, our lives and what we choose to do with it is up to us! We need to be intentional with our time. I was intentional with my time today! Check out my live video on Facebook!
So…intentional living, does that really mean? Intentional living is living 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.
A great book about Intentional Living is by John Maxwell you can grab the book HERE
Try these techniques to live an intentional life and stop relying on luck:
1. Understand that choices matter. An intentional life is all about making choices that make sense for you and your beliefs. Your choices determine the direction of your life and are the first step to creating the results you experience.
-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.
2. 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.
-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.
3. 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.
4. Set goals for the major areas of your life. These typically include your finances, career, relationships, and health. Of course, you can add as many categories as you need, depending on your aspirations and values.
5. 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.
6. 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 choices and avoid operating on autopilot.
7. Gain control over your impulses. 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.
8. Reject distractions. This includes all distractions, including thoughts of the past or future. Intention require 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.
9. 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?
10. 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. As for me, I’m definitely gonna be more intentional!!