How I Master Intentional Living
Be Intentional. That has been the theme for the week. Acting in purpose and on purpose has been extremely important for not only my business but also my sanity. Once I determined what it was that I would do, I had to be very specific with how I would do it.
I always knew that my purpose was to help people but I wasn't sure how I would do it. I started helping people through accounting. In this phase of my life I was evaluating numbers and how to save money so the managers could make more. Although I did well, it was a struggle to get out of bed every day, I wasn't connected to the work I did and the stress I felt was not healthy. I needed to move on, and Forward I went. Since then, I have found myself helping others in different capacities but it wasn't until the last year that I really felt like I could make a difference in a way that I could connect to.
So, I did the hard part, I figured out what I should be doing and how to do it. The next thing for me was to figure out how to work to my potential. It's so easy for us start something and not give our all then blame the venture for not producing the results we want, right? I didn't want that to be my story. To prevent that I made some very specific goals and guess what, I stuck to them. Over this last week I have really been thinking about this intentional living thing and I have found 3 ways to actually do it.
|Find Your Reason|
I am one of those touchy feely, deeply feeling, everything has a reason types and as a result it is my belief that we must find our reason. After we've established what we will do and how we will do it, we have to figure out why we should keep doing it. I know that may seem crazy, especially if you're at the beginning of your journey. Like, why should I already be thinking about keeping it up if I just started? Well because sometimes things don't go as you intend. Sometimes it takes longer for things to click than you would like, which means there's the chance you may become discouraged in your wait. Your reason has to mean something to you; it is the one thing that will keep you going when you feel like quitting.
|Wake Up & Think Up|
The start of our day influences the finish. That's why you see so many people talk about meditating in the morning, or prayer, even yoga. Because, its such a big deal to find a happy and peaceful place from which to build your day. It will impact your attitude, your productivity, and your thought processes. Before I took the leap of faith, I would wake up in a funk. I was able to last as long as I did because I would blast gospel music all the way to work or sometimes I would sit in silence to calm my roaming mind. Had I not done anything, my attitude would have been terrible. I may have even been fired. As I compare then to now, I wake up so differently. I feel good, I look forward to the opportunity in the day, and I genuinely feel a sense of happiness. I attribute that to figuring out what I should be doing, identifying why I should keep doing it and thinking that its actually possible for me to do it.
|Go For it, Even if You're Alone|
One of the biggest lessons that I have had to learn is that our path won't always come equipped with a partner. Aside from God, there is no buddy system. So sometimes you will have to do the work by yourself. To some of you this may be common sense, while to others like myself who feed off the energy of others, its a hard pill to swallow. I like bouncing ideas, talking about what's happening, and sharing my wins but the reality is not everyone is on the same timeline, which means they may not have anything to share. I have also encountered those who are the president of the talk about it club. This club is for those who love to talk about how they will improve their lives but aren't actually committed to doing the work. I try to keep a working distance, this club can be infectious. I needed to accept this; it was important for my journey that I understood that its okay to do it, whatever it is, solo.
So, what does all of this mean?
It means that in order to be intentional, you must find a reason to do so, you must wake in a positive state of mind so that you can be productive in your forward movement and you must be okay with progressing toward your goals alone. These are all things that, if not done, could stagnate you.
Are you living intentionally?