8 Steps To Living A More Intentional Life

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We live in a world where we always want more, and we want it right now! We end up unhappy with what we already have, because we are on to the next big thing!

In constant pursuit of happiness, we can’t just be happy in the present. Until you learn to live intentionally!

How To Live Intentionally

The trick is to be happier, with what you already have. Train your mind to focus more on the present and find real joy in the little things. Like children who don’t know any different. It’s about simplifying your life so you can think clearer and live better! Trust me, it works!

How To Live With Intent

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Turn Off Auto-Pilot

Get off auto-pilot. What is auto-pilot? If you’re living day to day, just going through the motions- you may be living on auto-pilot. Do you feel stuck in a rut? You may be living on auto-pilot. Have you lost your zest for life? You may be living on auto-pilot! Good news – the first step in getting off, is recognizing it! Life goes by SO MUCH FASTER when you live on auto-pilot! When you take the time to enjoy every, little detail it seems to slow down time just a little and make the little things so much more enjoyable!

Live In The Moment

It’s too easy to get in the habit of going through the day to day motions. I used to just scrub my hair, do the dishes, write the story- just for the sake of getting it done. Then one day, I started doing these ‘daunting’ tasks with intention. Gently massaging my scalp, noticing the scent of my new dish soap and the warm sudsy water on my hands and writing stories with more meaning. The results were amazing! It wasn’t taking any more time or energy, but the process was more enjoyable and the finished product was better.

Just like living on auto-pilot becomes a habit, so does living intentionally. It’s about doing every thing with purpose! Every, little thing! It’s about adding more value and joy to your life. Because all of those little things, can add a lot of value to your life!

It doesn’t take any more time or energy to live mindfully. It does take intent. You have to remind yourself to find the value and joy!

Spend Mindfully

Instead of trying to save money or make more money, try shifting your mindset to be more mindful of your spending! Rather than focusing on the money you’re spending, think about the experiences you gain and what value your purchases are bringing.

We live in a society that encourages mindless spending. Spending for instant, short-term gratification, rather than real value.

Tips For Mindful Spending

Pause. Take as long as you need, but don’t buy things without first taking some time to think about it. It could be just a moment in the grocery store before you buy that box of spring mix you will not eat! Or it could be pausing for a few weeks before purchasing the new latop!

Ask yourself – ‘Is this something I really need? Or do I just want it?’

Think about the other (possibly better) ways you could be spending that money.

Start a mindful spending journal, taking note of each purchase and what value it brings! You’ll probably be amazed at much money you’re wasting!

Be Patient

This is a hard one to accept, but it’s valuable. We want everything instantly and when we don’t get instant results- we get frustrated and give up too soon! In the blogging world, things move very slow. It takes a long time to build an audience and grow your traffic. That’s why something like 80 per cent of bloggers call it quits before one year!

When you put something out in to the universe, the results can’t be instant. They won’t happen overnight, or in a week. Things have to happen in order for results! I’ve been learning to have patience and trust, and give it more time.

Don’t rush things. Guard your time like it’s your most valuable asset. Every moment is precious, so make it count!

Be Grateful

Being grateful for what you have can only make our life better! Whether you need to write down a few things you’re thankful for each day, or express your gratitude to a family member of loved one, being grateful will add instant and long-lasting value to your life!

So instead of trying to lose 10 pounds, or save $5,000, why not intend to live a life full of value and joy! Chances are you are already living it, but are too busy on auto-pilot to notice.

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9 Comments

  1. This decade has seen me getting curious and excited to make new year resolutions… (then I was in my teens and so naive)
    Now, I am like.. There is no need… To set up..
    Just plan well,
    Know exactly what needs to be done per quarter and all..

  2. Mindful spending! So much!!! I’m so guilty of that – especially with the cravings hitting. I’m well intended to get that bag of spring mix, but then I don’t even end up eating one salad.

    You’re ending – living a life full of joy and value!

    I hope that I can start and create that for myself and my little family this coming year.

  3. I needed this post! Now that it’s December I’m into full reflection mode! I tend to be a huge mindless spender, when in fact I need to slow down and be more intentional about spending! Thank you for this reminder!!!

  4. mojito8453 says:

    Yeah, intentions are a lot better than simple resolutions

  5. I set intentions each year as well as measurable goals. I think the two work well together!

  6. I totally agree I’m all for intentions over resolutions! Resolutions can be so stressful haha

  7. Since I’ve started writing my gratitude journal my life has changed and I don’t need to plan things in advance anymore as I’m doing it on regular basis. It’s much easier to me and I set new goals every day. In my mind the “new year” is the day after…moreover this new mindset doesn’t give me anxiety anymore x

  8. Intention is my word for 2020! This post is perfect for me. Living with intention is something I think I do but not really, ya know? In 2020 I want to be more honest with myself about how and what I’m doing.

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