Learning to Live Intentionally

Each morning is a blank canvas and we are gifted with the opportunity to design our lives.  For so long I have felt that I have been living in default mode, in reaction to the elements going on around me. I want to be designing my life on purpose and I am now into my second month of living intentionally and already starting to see the benefit.

Intention is defined as: an aim or a purpose; a determination to act in a certain way. Determination, It embodies strength, focus and the element of living life on purpose. Think about how you start your day, if situations or people are throwing you off in an instant and affecting your entire day, week or month. If you are affected by other people’s agendas coming at you, then you need to reconsider your flow, your approach to life. This is where I have found myself, in this negative cycle for a very long time and how I decided to make a change and start living more intentionally.

By approaching my day (and each month) in an intentional manner I now feel more in control of my life. I am learning to Protect my energy, and know that I have the authority to choose how I feel about things. Being intentional allows me to live with freedom, joy and in a state of growth.  I no longer want to live in a reactionary state to situations and the people around me.

This months intentions

To be intentional you must be fully aware of your thoughts and presence. How do you want to feel today? What will bring you the most productivity? Is your body telling you it needs to rejuvenate and rest? How are your interactions with those you care about most? What energy are you putting out into the world?

Knowing myself is the best investment I can make. Writing out intentions these past few months has allowed me the time to take the time to step away from the noise and chaos and bring myself into a reflective state of mind. Being in alignment with who we truly are is the most vital step we can take to produce the biggest results in our life.

So here are my intentions this month:

  1. Nurture the relationships that nurture you – (a no brainer really, but something I often struggle with. Sometimes due to my need to remain a loyal individual, I often remain loyal to some of the wrong relationships which then impact on me negatively. It is now important that I work actively on only embracing an nurturing relationships that equally have a positive impact on me).

2. Practice the Pause: When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. – (Living with panic disorder and managing my anxiety is an on going challenge for me that I am slowly but surely learning to manage better. However when life presents me challenges that leave me unsure, angry, upset, drained or stressed, my panic disorder will go into high gear and will immediately leave me spiraling. I now want to intentionally take the time to come to terms with what life presents me without immediately responding or reacting).

3. Prioritise you and your partner – (As is my nature, I naturally like to help people in need that I care about and will do what I can to support them emotionally or otherwise. Sometimes even to the extent of prioritising others over my own time and emotional well being, also impacting on my time with my partner. Now I want to intentionally work towards prioritising mine and my partners needs and putting us first. I must remember that those people in need have more than just myself as support).

4. Remember you are NOT responsible for everyone else – (A good portion of my time and energy gets spent on worrying about everyone, whether it’s my partner, my parents, my sibling, grandparents, extended family, friends, work colleagues you name it, I’ve spent a good time thinking and worrying about them. I need to remember that they are not my responsibility, it’s not to say I shouldn’t care, but that I shouldn’t let myself be riddled with worry and let it impact other aspects of my life – refer back to point 3).

5. Believe amazing things are about to happen – (I am so riddled with self doubt and expecting the worst, especially around my fertility that I really do believe it is impacting on and hindering the process to some extent. With this in mind I am intentionally attempting to combat this negative thought process by re-affirming positive ideas, forcing myself to believe that amazing things are about to happen – more on this in my next blog post).

So there you have it, my intentions for this month. I feel so happy about what goals I have given myself and feel so determined that this will impact so positively on my life and way of thinking right now, I can’t wait to continue implementing them and seeing what results I can achieve. What are your intentions right now? Do you live intentionally? I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time,

Lisa x

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