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.
What a year this has been! As we prepare to enter 2021, what are you thinking about? Are you making resolutions, or do you see them as a waste of time? This time last year I was challenging myself to come up with a list of resolutions that were different than previous the years. It seemed like every New Year’s brought the same resolutions – eat better, exercise, more self-care. Well, my list ended up looking the same except for one resolution: to start and maintain my blog. That was my only different resolution and the only one I kept. This year I decided to do something a little different. Instead of going into the new year with resolutions, I am going into the new year by doing affirmations.
Affirmations are something I have been hearing and reading a lot about and want to incorporate into my daily routine. Resolutions are the things you want to see happen while affirmations are those things that you want to make happen. They are positive statements about yourself that work best when you are intentional about what you are saying. Here are three benefits of affirmations.
Speak desires into existence
We can sometimes limit ourselves by the way we speak and the way we think. When you only think negative thoughts, negative words are far more likely to come out of your mouth. Speaking affirmations almost forces you to speak positively. When you hear yourself repeating these positive statements over and over, the hope is that you will eventually begin to believe them. So, speaking an affirmation surrounding healthy living can help fulfill the resolution of eating healthier. Healthy eating will almost come naturally after affirmations concerning your health and the desire to live healthily. Affirmations utilize the power of your thoughts and words to create a desired change.
As stated earlier, negative thoughts will have you giving up before you even start. We often have lofty resolutions that we often do not keep due to our own lack of self-confidence. You can have a resolution of writing a book or going after your dream job but if deep down you do not feel like you really deserve it, it will not happen. Repeating affirmations and believing what you are saying can lead to your self-confidence rising to the point where you begin to make decisions and take actions that line up with your goals.
Become Aware of Negative Thought Patterns
Some affirmations are also helpful because you can see which ones are difficult for you to wrap your head around. If you already feel that you are loved, you will be able to say these types of affirmations easily. But if you find it hard to let go of your past mistakes and forgive yourself, then those affirmations that encourage you to forgive yourself may not come as easily. This will let you know what areas you probably need to work on in your journey of personal growth. Your thought patterns and self-talk will become more evident as you begin saying affirmations.
Hopefully, these benefits of affirmations will help you begin to incorporate them into your daily life. Do you already do affirmations? Do you feel like they help? Comment below with either your experience with affirmations or whether you want to start saying affirmations.