How to Live a More Intentional Life
“The quality of your commitments will determine the course of your life.” – Ralph Marston
When you live intentionally, you live your life with more purpose and focus on the things that are good for your mind, body, and soul. If you feel like you are missing something in your life, here are some ways to live more intentionally.
Understand All the choices You Have
Realize that your life is made up of choices.
Every morning is a new day full of decisions and opportunities. You get to pick your attitude and your decisions.
You don’t have to let the circumstances of your past negatively determine the pattern of your life in the future.
You have a choice in the matter. You do not need to be stuck in the same pattern of living that you have been for years… realize that every morning is a new opportunity.
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If you want to live more intentionally, it helps to be more aware of the choices you already have. Just about everything in your life is your own doing. Think of how many circumstances you are in that are within your control. The people you spend time with, where you live, your job, your education, how you spend your free time, so many other things are in your control. These are choices you are making.
Find Your Purpose
“Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature.” —Thomas à Kempis
Simplifying your life will bring balance, freedom, and joy. When we begin to live simply and experience these benefits, we begin to ask the next question, “Where else in my life can I remove distraction and simplify life to focus on the essentials?”
Do you know why you do certain things?
Why your habits are in your life?
What the purpose is behind your choices?
This is what you want to get to the bottom of in order to live more intentionally.
Before you can be intentional, you need to find your purpose, your inspiration behind what you do and why you do that.
A great way to do this is by writing in a journal on a daily basis, as this is the easiest way to get more clarity.
Keep Evaluating Yourself and Your Life
Continue evaluating your own life and your intentions. Don’t just assume you have it all figured out. Life is about learning and growing, and yes, sometimes changing. Make it a habit to look at your life from the outside, and examine where you are heading. Keep working on your goals, develop new skills, and learn new things as much as you can.
Always listen to your heart and you have a right and correct measure. Actually your inner voice and feeling are the true index for the purpose of your evaluation. Know that your deeper feelings are never wrong.
- Reflect. Identify your values, those rules for living that you consider important. Then honestly ask yourself if you live up to these.
- For deeper understanding of yourself as a human being, and whether you are making progress towards durable happiness, meditation is the right option; and, in particular, meditation. With this, “evaluation” is not the right word. The idea is to observe things as they are — minutely, and without reaction. This is accompanied by a study of the noble eight-fold path.
- Observe. Watch how friends and family interact with you. Do they trust you? Do they go out of their way to help you? What response do you get when talking with strangers?
- Ask. Ask those who you trust for honest feedback. Listen openly and without responding to what they say. If nobody can do this, then this also tells you something.
Stay True to Yourself
Stop comparing yourself to other people! They have their life, and you have yours. It is okay to get inspiration from others, but you have your own mind and your own life. It is really important to stay true to yourself, know what YOU want to do with your life, and not let others dictate what your own intentions are.
Who Do You Surround Yourself With?
A quick way to live a more intentional life is to think about who you choose to surround yourself with, and decide if their presence is serving you or not. This is a really good time to live yourself with purpose and make decisions based on what is benefiting your life the most.
If there are toxic, negative people around you, or people who just always put you down or don’t support you, now is a good time to decide if it is worth spending time with them or not.
Those you spend the most time with have a huge influence on your moods, how you view the world and the expectations you have of yourself. When you surround yourself with positive people, you’re more likely to adopt empowering beliefs and see life as happening for you instead of to you. Just as you benefit when you surround yourself with people who make you happy, you suffer when those in your business or social circles are negative or narrow-minded.
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH GOOD PEOPLE: QUOTES TO INSPIRE ACTION
The world’s most successful people – in business, politics and more – agree that you are who you surround yourself with. But don’t take it from us – they’ve said it themselves.
1. “If we surround ourselves with people who are successful, who are forward-moving, who are positive, who are focused on producing results, who support us, it will challenge us to be more and do more and share more. If you can surround yourself with people who will never let you settle for less than you can be, you have the greatest gift that anyone can hope for.” – Tony Robbins
2. “The quality of a person’s life is most often a direct reflection of the expectations of their peer group.” – Tony Robbins
3. “We all get what we tolerate, in ourselves and other people.” – Tony Robbins
4. “The only thing that changes our life long-term is when we raise our standards.” – Tony Robbins
5. “Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.” – John Wooden
6. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain
7. “Surround yourself with those who only lift you higher.” – Oprah Winfrey
8. “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.” – Warren Buffett
9. “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn
10. “People inspire you, or they drain you – pick them wisely.” – Hans F. Hansen