Be intentional. It is more than likely you have read much about why it is important to lead with intention or lead an intentional life. What does it mean, the term, living intentionally?
We strive to live our lives with simplicity, materialistically, so that we can experience more and be more intentional. Let’s get into what that means and how you can experience intentional living.
What does it mean to Be Intentional?
Being intentional means purposefully and consciously making choices and taking actions that align with your values, goals, and aspirations. It involves being fully present and mindful in your decisions, rather than acting out of habit, impulse, or external pressures.
Living intentionally leads to a more purposeful and fulfilling life. By directing your actions and choices toward what truly matters, you cultivate a sense of fulfillment and contentment. With a clear sense of direction, you make choices that align with the life you envision, empowering yourself to create a meaningful and rewarding journey.
We have made the decision to live and be intentional, even though it does not align with what is the norm. So, how can you be more intentional?
Whether you are looking for ways to live a simpler life, or embarking upon slow living, let’s go over simple ways that you can implement some daily routines of being more intentional.
Thoughtful Decision-Making: Deliberately assessing the potential outcomes and consequences of each choice before making a decision.
Setting Clear Goals: Defining specific and meaningful objectives that resonate with your values, guiding your path forward.
Focused Attention: Fully immersing yourself in the present moment, dedicating undivided focus to the task or experience at hand. Remove notifications from your phone. We do not receive any social media notifications. It would drive us crazy if we had to be tied to our cells.
Mindful Consumption: Thoughtfully evaluating what you welcome into your life, be it possessions, information, or relationships. There are so many things in our lives that are going to waste time. Be sure your consumption is to improve your personal growth.
Prioritization: Allocating your time and energy to activities and individuals that align with your core values and enrich your well-being. There is a big difference in what you should do, and what you need to do. Devise an action plan that on some days you only do what you need to do. It is ok to do this to protect yourself.
Authenticity and Boundaries
Authenticity: Embracing your true self and living in harmony with your genuine beliefs and passions. I (shannon) spoke at the 2023 Alt Summit Conference on how to be authentic as a content creator. It is important to do this throughout your career and your life. It is less draining to be authentic. If you do not want to do something, don’t do it. Set clear boundaries.
Emotional Awareness: Acknowledging and understanding your emotions, responding in ways that honor and align with your inner values. Again, visit with who you truly are. Lead into your authenticity and emotions. Cultivate a healthy life with healthy boundaries. Are you seeing a pattern here?
Mantras and Intentional Living Quotes: Embrace a mantra for yourself. If rehearsing your boundary conversation in front of the mirror, à la Stuart Smalley can help, then go ahead and do it! Establish those boundaries, remain firm, and embark on a journey to cultivate a healthy life with strong boundaries. Trust the advice of someone who has experienced it firsthand and continues to practice this daily. Additionally, there are numerous intentional living quotes worth considering. Among them, we particularly admire Andy Whitfield’s “Be Here Now.”
The Importance For You To Be Intentional
We love sharing any inspo on how to spend time enjoying your best self and your life. You may enjoy our post on the best books on self-discipline. These reads are all about keeping a positive mindset and having important relationships with yourself, and other people. Give yourself some grace. Protect your mental health.
FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions
We all do it. We worry but stopping to be intentional, and enjoying every moment allows the worrying to not matter. We all worry less when we embrace every moment.
Mindfulness involves observing the present moment without judgment and embracing curiosity. On the other hand, intentionality is the unwavering determination to accomplish your goals.
Setting an intention for your meditation can make it more impactful. Meditation allows you to free your mind of the unsettling and those things that do not matter. It allowws you to make room for living purposely.