How to Be More Intentional in Your Life
7 Steps to Live Intentionally
by J.M. Troppello
Intentions can be tricky things. Sometimes you have good intentions. Other times, your intentions are not so good. Yet, your intentions—or objectives—can easily define your life.
“Live your life with intention and use every ounce of your being to live the life you were born to live.” – Ana Brandt
How do you want your life defined?
Do you want it to be defined as someone who lived intentionally and made choices for their personal growth and development and for the betterment of others?
I know that I have been thinking a lot lately about living a life of intention. It may be a ‘buzz’ word that many people are talking about right now. However, when you live more intentionally—with goals of a more positive and productive life in mind—you’ll increase your chances of achieving those goals.
If you want to be more intentional in your life, consider implementing the following 7 steps into your daily routine.
1. Care for Your 3-Part Being
You are a spirit. You have a soul. You live in a body. Living with intention begins with cultivating a mindset of caring for your whole being because it’s the only one you’ve got. Start living a healthier lifestyle. Workout more. Eat healthier foods. Care for your spirit and soul.
2. Consume Content Wisely
When you consume negative things, you’ll get negative results. If you keep eating unhealthy foods, that won’t be good for your body. The same goes for your spirit and your soul. If you are constantly ‘feeding’ them negative and unproductive content—you’ll get undesirable results. Consumed content includes things you watch, read, or hear on TV shows, social media, the internet, articles, blog posts, books, newspapers, radio shows, and podcasts, etc. Be more intentional in the content you consume.
3. Become More Giving
Start giving more to your community and house of worship, if you attend one. An open hand and an open heart will receive more than a closed fist and closed heart ever can receive. Don’t throw away clothes that you don’t want anymore. Donate them to a local church or homeless shelter. Give them to a local thrift store. I’ve had to shop at the local thrift store several times in my life. I’ve been thankful for some nice ‘hand-me-downs’ that I was able to buy at inexpensive prices.
4. Understand Your Why
Evaluate why you do things. Ask yourself what your motivation is for why you get up each morning and get moving instead of stagnating in depression all day. Maybe your why is your family. It could be your faith. Your why might be a chance to make a better future for yourself. Understand your why and make that part of the equation of everything you do intentionally.
5. Prioritize Your Life
Knowing your why can help you prioritize your life. Understanding your priorities will enable you to stay on track when obstacles threaten to derail your life. Make a list of your top 10 priorities. These priorities will change as you age. So, get used to reorganizing your priority list. However, seeing those priorities written down can become a huge catalyst for enabling you to live more intentionally each day.
6. Keep a Thankfulness Journal
Cultivating an attitude of gratitude will help you achieve your goals more easily in life. When you’re grateful, your mindset is focused on the positive people and things around you. Being ungrateful will only keep you focused on what you don’t have—and trap you in a vicious cycle of negativity.
7. Partner with a Friend
Living more intentionally can be difficult, especially if you haven’t done things with intention before. Partner with a friend or family member who can walk with you on this journey. Share this article with that person and agree to hold each other accountable on your new journey of living life with more intention.
Live with More Intention
“Live your life with intention, go out there and make a difference by being the difference.” – Melanie Moushigian Koulouris
Make positive and productive changes in your life by implementing these steps into your daily routine.
Care for Your 3-Part Being
Consume Content Wisely
Become More Giving
Understand Your Why
Prioritize Your Life
Keep a Thankfulness Journal
Partner with a Friend
Living with more intention begins with you. No one can make pivotal changes in your life—for true personal development—without your involvement. You must take that first step. Be intentional today.
Article syndicated by Inspiration Realm on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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