6 Steps to Live with Intention: Live Intentionally Not Habitually

Sometimes, we need to pause and ask whether we’re living or merely existing because the daily grind of life can make self-reflection difficult.

When we spend most of our time in the daily grind, we often forget what we really want out of our life.

We’re more focused on getting through the week than thinking about our core values and life purpose.

And here is a chance for you to think about how to live with intention.

Living an intentional life means to live with purpose so you don’t get stuck in a rut, letting the days pass you by, coasting through life and wasting it.

Below are 5 steps to living intentionally (not habitually) and on purpose.

6 Steps to Live with Intention: Live Intentionally Not Habitually

1. Make the Right Choices Every Day

We shape our life with the choices we make every day, with big decisions impacting us more severely than small ones.

Imagine being stuck in a rut in an unfulfilling job or a relationship which felt like the right decision at the beginning, but didn’t turn out as hoped.

For some choices, we have to experience firsthand before making a new decision to get out of a rut.

But there are also many right choices we can make daily.

A choice to be happy: happiness happens to happy people.

A choice to act, talk and think like successful people: success happens to successful people.

A choice to feed your mind with positive affirmations and avoid negative self-talk.

A choice to see the glass half full.

2. Know Yourself Really Well

Know what makes you happy, what makes you feel proud and brings you joy, and what matters most to you.

When you have a good understanding of yourself including your core values, strengths,  weaknesses, interests and passions, you know where to put your focus and energy to carve out the life you want.

Nearly 90% of top performers are highly self-aware. 

You can take a personality test and learn more about you or ask these 30 questions to get to know yourself well.

In no time will you be on your way to join the high performers!

3. Have a Clear Purpose and Goals

Find out what you want out of your life.

Without a clear purpose, we drift aimlessly.

How can you attempt to hit the target if you don’t have it?

It’s essential to know yourself well so you know what you want to achieve.

What kind of person you want to become.

In what way you want to contribute to others that align with your core values.

Once you have a purpose, draw goals that’ll guide you through so you think and act with intention in everything you do.

4. Declutter Your Mind

Too much information can clog up your brain.

Be selective and mindful of the information you feed into your mind. Make sure they contribute to the quality of life and well-being.

Watch out mindlessly scrolling through social media feeds.

Set a limit on the amount of time you spend surfing the web and leave plenty of space in your brain for things that really matter.

5. Focus on Your Life. Your Journey

Don’t compare yourself to others.

Everyone has different aspirations and values. Comparing your life to others is therefore pointless.

What makes others happy may not make you happy, and vice versa.

Look for someone you admire, instead.

Use the traits of the person you admire and let them be your motivation to work on what truly matters.

For example, I admire Seth Godin‘s empathy, compassion, encouragement, connectivity and ability to explain things with clarity.

6. Be Grateful

Cultivate a grateful mindset.

I have 35 journal prompts you can start right away!

Journal prompts will help you focus your time and attention on what you already have.

When you shift your attention to what you appreciate, you feel a sense of lightness and warmth. It soothes you and softens your heart.

Your intentional life journey becomes more pleasant amidst the inevitable life troubles we all go through.

Whether you make a gratitude list or utter a few words with appreciation, find something – big or small – to be grateful for every day.

Final Thoughts

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
– Annie Dillard

Living an intentional life is a continuous process.

Pause and reflect on your past few days and ask yourself:

Am I happy with the way I spent the past few days?

Would I look at my future with contentment if I live the same way for the rest of my life?

If not, what changes do I want to make?

Asking these questions followed by honest answers will help you appraise the choices you make and actions you take each day.

You’ll do more of what makes you happy that aligns with your core values and your life purpose and less of the opposite.

So not only will you live an intentional life, you’ll also live a happy and content life!

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