Live a Life of Intention

healthy livingAsk yourself this question, “What drives your daily life?”  Do you go through your daily routine without any thought about the next day, next week, or much less the next 10 years?  Our lives are so jam-packed with tasks that we forget how to live.  Not only how to live, but how to live with intention.  

Living with intention is partially about having goals, but most importantly it is about adopting habits that will help you to achieve your goals.  Charles Duhigg, the author of The Power of Habit, believes that having cornerstone habits in place is imperative to making a lasting change in your life’s direction.  Everyone’s habits could be different.  However, if you consider our commonalities just by your interest in this article, here are some recommendations for you:

  • Thrive with a healthy lifestyle.  Adopt some rules about healthy living, and live this lifestyle with distinct intention.  Be more active, and enjoy the sunshine.  Enjoy the gifts of fruits and vegetables that God’s beautiful green earth provides every day.
  • Thrive through your life’s goals.  Having goals can give you direction.  Make your goals specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound (SMART).  This plan will help you achieve success.  When you accomplish your goals that is the feeling of success.  Everyone loves the feeling of success.
  • Debt free living is the way to go.  Maybe you can’t pay off all your debts at once.  That’s okay.  Start living without attaining any more debt.  If you can’t afford all four tires for your vehicle, DO NOT put the purchase on a “bill me later” plan.  Buy two tires, and then buy two later.  Live within your budget, and you will begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
  • Always give back.  Being charitable doesn’t always mean donating money.  Donating your time can be just as beneficial, and so much more meaningful.  Volunteer to be an adult counselor at a 4-H summer camp.  Yes, you may have to use your own vacation time from work, but the impact of your service is invaluable.  Adopting the intention to always give back will foster a sense of empathy and caring for your children, as well.  You are modeling the way for them.

Living a life of intention is putting you in control of your life, and not letting life just happen to you.  100 years is a gift, an investment, and an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy filled with intention.  Go after it!