I did not make any New Year’s resolutions this year, choosing instead to reach my goals through affirmations and intentional living. So often we have dreams and desires but are not intentional with the way we go about achieving them. What does it mean to be intentional? Being intentional is having a goal and consciously ensuring that you are making decisions that will help you achieve your goal. We often have goals that do not get reached because we are not intentional in making sure they are achieved. The following are 4 ways to help you live more intentionally.
Eliminate Distractions to Live Intentionally
Eliminating distractions is a must when you are making the decision to live with intentions. And by all distractions I am including your own negative thinking and negative self-talk that could veer you off the course of you reaching your goals. The company you keep can also be a distraction. Being intentional about reaching your goals also means taking inventory of who in your circle can help you reach your goal. Take a moment to think about what it is you want to be intentional about. After establishing what it is you want to be intentional about, be mindful of your habits. The books you read, the music you listen to, and the conversations you hold can all be distractions if they are not serving to help you live with intention.
Make Each Day Purposeful for Intentional Living
A big part of staying intentional is outlining your day with purposeful steps to help you achieve your goals. You must be mindful about making decisions and completing tasks that will get you closer to achieving your goals. Your goal must always be in the forefront of your mind so that you can begin each day by thinking of what one or things you can do to move you toward your goal. Maintaining your focus and remembering why your goal was initially made will help make your days purposeful and filled with intentional living.
Check Yourself to Ensure Intentional Living
People use many ways to remain intentional and hold themselves accountable. Some people use daily affirmations to help them stay focused and empowered to keep striving toward their goal. Other people hold themselves accountable through journaling so that they can review their progress over time. This allows them to see where they are doing well and areas where they need to improve. Accountability partners work as well if you are comfortable sharing your goals and being reminded of them if you veer off track. However, even if you use an accountability partner, you should also have some type of self-check system in place to ensure that you are living with intention.
Create Balance for Intentional Living
If the goal that you are being intentional about is a new goal, it most likely involves breaking old habits. If you find yourself continually going back to your old ways of doing things you may need to be honest with yourself to determine if you are indeed ready for this change or if you just maybe need to work on your self-discipline. But remember, you will most likely have days where you miss the mark or fall short on your mission to reach your goal. Reward yourself. Be kind to yourself. Be mindful of yourself talk. If you fall short, do it again. All new things take a little time.
Have you been living your life with intention? Comment below with what has and has not worked for you.