In previous years, I have to admit that I haven’t been intentional with goals I set for myself or things I wanted to go after. This year though I decided to take full control of my life and the first thing I started doing is living intentionally.
So first of all let’s define what intentional means and what it means to live an intentional life.
Google simply defines intentional as “done on purpose; deliberate”. To live an intentional life means to live a life of purpose. Intentional living means having a vision for your life and living your life according to that vision. Living life this way is important especially when you have goals you want to meet and it also prevents you from making reckless decisions which in turn has an overall positive impact on your life.
Disclaimer: I know you can’t always live a life where you never make reckless decisions (It’s just not realistic). At the end of the day we are all humans and are bound to make a few reckless decisions here and there HOWEVER the purpose of intentional living is to reduce the amount of reckless decisions you do make.
So now that we’ve defined and explained what it means to live an intentional life, let’s move forward to “how to live intentionally”. I am going to touch on steps you can take to live intentionally with examples to make them easy to catch on below.
The first thing you will need to do is decide what it is that you value or what it is that you believe as it gives you a clearer vision on who you are and what kind of steps you may need to take to get to where you want. Also it’s important during this step to define what goals you are trying to meet. Do you want to save a deposit for a house or a car?
Start planning your steps and start changing your lifestyle to align with your beliefs and the goals you’ve set for yourself. For example, if you want to save for a house deposit you can start planning how much you’d want to save monthly and how long you’d like to save for. Also you could start finding ways to cut your expenses or start applying for better paid jobs in order to save more money!
Surround yourself with people with similar values and also those who motivate and support you. Back to the house deposit example, you could join a facebook community or an instagram group with people who are either in the same position or have been in the same position and have been able to save enough for a deposit. This means you not only get to connect with like minded individuals but you can offer each other support and motivate one another.
As with everything, breathe! Take a break if it’s all a bit too much and don’t let anything get the best of you. The whole point of living intentionally is to live a life where you’re able to become the best version of yourself so always remember that.
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