You came here for a purpose, but by not taking daily actions towards living an intentional life you are failing on your mission, and people are missing out on you. There are two ways to create your life; let your subconscious run the show, or drive, by living with intention. To do this takes practice, and a daily commitment to getting the most out of your time here.
This doesn’t have to be one of those all consuming every day to-dos. You can keep it simple. Once you start you’ll quickly notice the subtle shifts in your thinking, and your ability to reach your goals. Here are six ways to live with intention, and begin the process of unearthing wild dreams, and serving the world.
1. Keep a Daily Gratitude List
There are crappy things in everyone’s life, but when you consciously choose to look at the positive daily, your perception of the world starts to shift. By jotting down what you’re grateful for you’ll notice the good more than the bad, which of course will help you attract more of what you want into your life. This simple practice alone will change everything about your life once you begin. Grateful people are friendlier, happier, and unlock doors to new opportunities with ease. Choose to radiate gratitude with a daily practice.
2. Know what Your goals are
Do you know what your goals are for today, the week, the month, the next three months, and the year? You can’t live an intentional life if you’re not planning every day. For me it’s as simple as spending 20 minutes once every three months writing down my big 3 month goals, and breaking them into bite size pieces for each month.
On Monday I choose my biggest priority for the week, and each day I decide on my number one priority for the day. These are non-negotiables that have to get done. Some days it’s as simple as writing my gratitude list, and taking a shower. Right now I’m staying home with my six month old baby Ernie. Every day I know I’m making some progress, even if it’s just tiny steps that inch me towards my bigger goals.
3. Be 100% responsible for your life
What this really means is you’re the boss, you’re in the drivers seat and no one is more responsible for the outcomes you create than yourself! Every time. That lady who cut you off in traffic may be an asshole, but you get to choose your response. Will you be angry, or let it go.
Last week my husband went to Orlando for work, and he got to go to Disney World. A place I’ve never been, but have always wanted to go. He got to spend one-on-one time with a co-worker, have nice dinners out, and get a break from the kiddos. Meanwhile I was home managing two little ones, knocking out two-night time routines all with spit up on me, and a baby who was going through a growth spurt waking up a lot at night.
Let’s just say I was jealous! But I was able to pivot and look a little deeper. What I really wanted and needed was some one-on-one time with Bill, and more time away from the kids to take care of myself, which is exactly why I felt jealous. When I recognized my part in the feelings I was having I was able to share this story with Bill, and tell him to enjoy the trip, and time away. I worked on getting us a babysitter for a date night (it’s happening this weekend), we’ve spent more time together in the evenings, and we’ve just hired a nanny to come in a few hours a week so I can do anything I want, baby not included.
Remember other people are not responsible for how you feel, you are. You are the boss, which puts you in a complete position of power. You are only a victim if you say so, and you have a choice. Make it a conscious one.
4. Practice Visualization
Once you know exactly what you want, visualizing your dreams daily will yield some amazing results. Visualizing your goals can look a lot of different ways. Some people love creating a vision board they look at each day, some like to carve out 20 minutes in the morning in their favorite reclining chair to vividly imagine their ideal life. I personally watch a Mind Movie that I created with images that spoke to me, and affirmations that support my goals. It takes about 3 1/2 minutes to watch each day, and as my goals grow, shift, and are achieved I update my Mind Movie. If you’d like to know more check out Bob Proctor talking about Mind Movies HERE.
Choose a method that you will be consistent with, and resonates with you most. Programing your subconscious mind to attract what you most desire is exactly how you steer your ship to your dreams.
5. Be Kind To Your Body
As Sting said “We are spirits in a material world.” You are a beautiful spirit here, and your spirit is connected to a body here on the Earth plane. Nurturing your body, the sacred temple that houses your spirit is an important task. Neglect your body, and you neglect your spirit too.
Exercise is still something I’m mastering, and learning to make a routine. I do know once I’m finally working out I feel so good, but damn I resist it so much. Exercise helps us function at optimal levels, makes us feel confident, strong, and grounded. All the meditation in the world won’t make your physical body healthy. We were designed to move, and exist in the world outside of a desk, apps, and lotus position.
Yoga is a great option if you’re a muti-tasker.
6. Create Sacred Space
Create a space that’s aligned with your goals, and feels good to be in. Know how you want to feel in your space, and in the world, and you’ll be ready to create a home that’s pulling for your purpose. Surround yourself in beauty, and items, and colors you love. Your home really can be a law of attraction beacon, that shrouds you in how you most desire to feel. I’ve created “The Guide To Sacred Space” to show you step-by-step how to do this. You can get it HERE!
You are worth the work! It’s the small, but consistent intentional actions that are going to bring you the biggest bang for your buck. You don’t have to take on all of these steps at once. Start with one step that resonates most, and begin small. You’ll have it as part of your routine in no time. Good luck!