Do you ever feel like you are missing out on something in life? It’s hard – if not impossible – to live your life in complete and total awareness at all times, without making some well-intentioned life goals along the way. Everyone on the planet seems to be split in 2 ways at once. It’s just evolution, some may say, but that way of life is tearing people apart inside. This post is fully dedicated to how to live intentionally. I’m going to give you 4 easy ways to live your life more intentionally, so that you can get what you want most in your life instead of being on auto-pilot.
Why are we here?
For most of the population, it seems easier to do things on auto-pilot and take care of “business” as you should. After all, we’ve been programmed to be productive, and “go go go”. I recall loving the feeling of going non-stop, but it was affecting my health in ways I didn’t realize.
You know you want to more purposeful and productive. Naturally, you feel passionate about working towards a job promotion or more financial abundance, because you might want what you see constructed in the media – big extravagant traveling. Then you might even dream of living a different life or being in better shape. And this is all because you want all these things so you can enjoy these tiny luxuries, but it all comes at a cost.
Without a solid intention, doing life on auto-pilot can be stressful causing you to have trouble self-regulating your emotions, especially after working many long hours as most health professionals do. On the one hand, you want to make a difference in this world and help others self-actualize. On the other hand, the challenging day-to-day responsibilities and life pressures make life far too stressful and move you further away from being present in your life and living a healthy lifestyle, with intention.
Instead of practicing moments of mindfulness (like baking and cooking) and presence, you lose focus on what you haven’t yet achieved. This can continue to hurt you. Feelings of lack take-over causing you feel that you can’t accomplish your endless list of ‘goals’ and ‘dreams’. Sadly, this day-to-day lifestyle is a common theme in people’s lives. Each morning, you wake-up wanting something different but yet, you continue to be thrown in to the next moment without taking a step-back and really pursuing a mindful and intentional life. Does this sound familiar? The next holiday might come around and you have a family gathering and it keeps you going a little bit more, but life never magically improves enough.
Here’s the thing: without taking action towards achieving different results, you will not live a mindful and intentional life.
What would Napolean Hill Say About This?
Napoleon Hill became highly influential with his book “Think & Grow Rich”. He made the following statement:
‘Human beings have the ability to control their own minds completely.’
What he infers is that humans have the ability to open their minds to different ways of seeing life and it all begins with a thought. Small daily actions and intentions can work for you, and your thoughts have the ability to work against you. It’s up to us to choose which thought impulses you want to have. That means, you have the choice to live intentionally every day.
What is intentional living?
Intentional living (Wikipedia) is any lifestyle based on an individual or group’s conscious attempts to live according to their values and beliefs. These can include lifestyles based on religious, political or ethical values, as well as for personal development, transformation and coaching.
In other simply words to live intentionally is to live a life you feel is enriching to who you are.
How can you live intentionally? Consider the 4 following ways to live with intention that will help:
Step #1. Take responsibility for the choices you make
Every morning is a new day full of choice and opportunity.
As I referenced earlier to Napolean Hill, you can choose to have certain thoughts. Therefore, you have the power to be mindful of your daily habits, attitude and choices. Your past circumstances don’t necessarily have to dictate your life in the future. You have a choice as to how you live your life and how you will show up in the world. You have a choice on whether you repeat the same pattern of living that you have been for years… or make a choice that every morning is a new opportunity for new thought programming.
Make a choice to begin a new habit today that speaks to living an intentional life.
Step #2. Decide what you want
Stop feeling powerless to the life you live and comparing your life to others and evaluate your options.
Once you make a decision for what you want your life to look like, consider the skills you need to get there.
Make a key decision about the feelings you want more of, instead of allowing yourself to be on auto-pilot – which is the opposite of living an intentional life. You may need to consider a new routine that allows you to spend some time in reflection each day to assess if you’re living life with intention, or living with old patterns. Decide to spend time with people who will uplift you and empower you and then go for it.
You were born to live your life — determine today to be good at it. After all, you probably will only get one shot.
Step #3. Learn to meditate
Identify what meditation can do for you before you dismiss this suggestion. Have a listen to one of these 3 podcast episodes and see if meditation might be a viable option to living intentionally:
Do you have an intention to slow your life down, and be more present? If so, how can you fit in a meditation course to help you sit down and focus on the things that matter the most in your life, daily.
Meditation is an excellent way to help you find more passion in your life, and for what’s bigger than us. It can be difficult to gain perspective sometimes, and we lost sight so easily because of being too busy. Meditation can help bring new meaning to your life, and help you define your higher purpose in a more subtle way.
Step #4. Creating Regular Rituals
Whether you’re celebrating half-birthdays (great opportunity for birthday cake), or going for regular Sunday brunch, these regular rituals are great ways to help ground you in living with more intention. The reason why creating ritual helps ground you in intention is because you have set that time aside for yourself. Can you meet friends at the same time each week, in the same exact place?
Most of us have daily rituals and habits that we may not consider as moments of mindfulness, and moments of intentional living. If you can learn to shift your perception for a moment, and control your thoughts, you have tremendous opportunity.
Having ritual is extremely important to living with intention. It’s the one thing that you can do right now, to have a lot more time for you in your life.
A Few Last Thoughts…
Each day is a new opportunity to form new habits and create something new in your life. If you’re not living the life you imagined, try to have more awareness of what’s not working.
Once you master the principles of awareness, you can create more of what you want each day, and the day after that . Eventually, these moments accumulate and suddenly, you look back upon your life and will realize that the smalls shifts you made created tremendous difference.
Praise the process.
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