How to Live with Intention!
Today, I’m going to be talking about how to live with intention.
The definition of intention is “purpose or attitude toward the effect of one’s actions or conduct”.
The other day I was talking to a friend who wanted to know how I was able to be so productive.
She was baffled by my commitment to getting up early every morning to exercise.
It’s all About Choices!
My morning routine includes cardio, weights, an outside walk, showering and breakfast.
I usually get out of bed somewhere between 5am and 6am, and I’m usually ready to start the rest of the day right around 9:30am.
No matter who wants a piece of me during this sacred time, they must wait until the morning routine is complete!
I want to say that my morning routine does start the night before.
Before I go to bed, I spend a few minutes setting items out for the next day and organizing clothes and makeup, to avoid scrambling in the morning.
At times, it’s tough to leave my warm comfy bed, to go exercise, yet I deliberately choose to do so.
My morning routine is intentional, and the number one priority, because It sets the tone for the rest of the day and I’ve got energy to sort through my to do list, coach clients, write blog posts, and conduct podcast interviews!
Richie Norton says that “Intentional living is the art of making our own choices before others’ choices make us.”
Do you let life happen to you?
Do others make choices for you?
Or, do you live your life with intention each and every day?
Create the Life you Want!
Being intentional each day and deciding what you want to experience is the key to creating the life you want.
It means creating deliberate experiences in our daily lives, and focusing on giving attention to what’s important.
RealSimpleGood.com says that “we all want to live with intention and on our own terms, but a lot of our days are stuck on autopilot. It’s easier to go through the motions and let external events or people control our day than to set intentions and follow through with them. However, by creating awareness about intentional living we can direct our own course and live a life that is true to our wants, needs, goals and desires”.
Living with intention is about the choices we make, and focusing on what we want, so it’s important to decide what you want your life to look like, and then create steps to make it happen.
My life revolves around wellness, and longevity and I’ve chosen to live to the ripe old age of at least 120 years old. Yep, that’s 120!
In order to do that, I have set habits and routines, and continue to make wise decisions, and you may not believe this, but I do have fun!
Here are My Daily Choices:
- I choose to be in a good mood
- I choose to keep my desk neat and organized
- I choose to keep an ongoing to-do list
- I choose to go to bed and wake up at the same times daily
- I choose to live in a clutter free environment
- I choose to feel alert, energetic and healthy
- I choose not to spend precious time worrying about things I can’t control
- I choose to focus on gratitude, productivity, and creativity
- I choose what to buy on Amazon
- I choose to shower every morning, dress stylish, and wear makeup
- I choose to make whatever I’m doing enjoyable, and find the humor in most things
- I choose to brush my teeth and floss each day
- I choose to feel sad when I am sad, and joyful when I’m happy
- I choose to hang around like minded people
- I choose to learn new things each day
- I choose to limit the news I watch on TV
- I choose what to cook and eat
- I choose to say yes to things I genuinely want to do
- I choose to eat at the same times daily
- I choose to take naps once in awhile
- I choose to take daily walks
- I choose to limit my time in the sun
- I choose to eat cashew butter from the jar
- I choose to sleep with the ceiling fan on
- I choose to eat vegetarian food
- I choose to decline sugary treats or alcohol
- I choose to be kind
- I choose whether or not I want to react if something unexpected happens
Again, I live with intention and I’m deliberate about what I will and won’t do, and make decisions that serve me.
Decide What Intention Looks Like for You!
Think about your daily choices and if they support the life you’re trying to create!
💚 Do you spend time with like minded people?
🟢 Are you selective about what you consume on TV or social media?
💚 Is what you’re eating contributing to the quality of your health and well-being?
🟢 Are you exercising and moving your body each day?
💚 Do you say yes to anything that’s asked of you?
🟢 Do you procrastinate, scroll social media, or play video games, and is this how you want to focus your time?
💚 Are your choices, increasing or decreasing your energy?
Be curious how you continue to manage time, and decide if you’ll be satisfied with the outcome.
In order to change your life, you have the power to be more selective with what you allow into your life and select the people, activities, and experiences that elevate you.
You also have the ability to build boundaries, decline what keeps you stuck, and no longer serves you.
If you lack boundaries, go ahead and download the Beyond Boundaries Blueprint.
We all have Agency.
Agency means you have the capacity to choose your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, so be selective, intentional and mindful and take time to evaluate your own life.
Are you living with intention and are your current choices serving you?
If not, you get to decide how you want to show up each day, and if WHAT you’re doing is directing you toward the life you say you want!
John C. Maxwell says, “When you get right down to it, intentional living is about living your best story”.
So, decide what you want your life to look like, and go live your best story!
Listen to the Focus Your Time podcast episode #25 “Living With Intention“.
TOPIC: How to Live with Intention!
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