My Word for 2021 is “Intentional”. Intentional Living means to live a life that aligns with your values or beliefs. Whether in alignment with your personal or financial goals or developing a lifestyle that you feel connects with you more as a person…here are 10 ways to be more intentional:
Decide what is most important to you and learn about it. This will give you a starting point and decide what your values, beliefs and goals really are.
Create Goals for yourself and take the necessary actions to reach them. Your focus should be on your goals and not on anything that doesn’t align with or support them.
Knowing when to say “no”. Particularly if you are trying to reach financial goals, there are many social events or expenses that you will have to say no to. You must think of the long term gains. Remember, everybody is on their own journey and after some time it will all be worth it.
Brian Tracy, writer of “Goals” says you can CHOOSE your mindset by saying the words “I am Responsible.” This cancels out any negative thinking and also allows you to take control of your life. How do you want to live it?
5. Question Everything.
Ask yourself, “How does this align with my Future Self or Vision?”. Be single-minded in your pursuits.
6. Self Awareness & Self Reflection.
A little psychology goes a long way… look at your behaviors and ask yourself WHY you buy certain things or why you act in certain ways. Again, if it is not true to you and your personal beliefs then cut it out from your life. Take time to evaluate your life and try to make changes.
Be mindful of ALL that you consume. This includes food, drink, media and lifestyle… Is it supporting your values? It is influencing you in a way that leads you to live your best life?
8. Limiting Beliefs.
Challenge any limiting beliefs you may have… Ask yourself, if there was nothing standing in my way, how would I act differently? What are your deep beliefs about yourself? Good or bad? Decide that nothing will stop you from succeeding. Take the reigns of your life.
Having a sense of gratitude pulls us back down to earth and lets us be thankful for all the little things we may take for granted. Gratitude helps us to see things more clearly and give us perspective. We become thankful for everything and really appreciate all that we have. We act more intentionally knowing how precious life is.
10. Daily Changes.
Every day we take steps towards an intentional life and we will not always be perfect. So long as we are striving to live consciously and not on autopilot, we are closer to happiness. We can become our best selves and live our life’s task.