“Intentionality is the linchpin to living well.” – St Francis de Sales
When I work with clients, it’s their intentions that we set as goals. We are finding ways to make the future what they intend. The future that my clients hope for is uncluttered, productive and intentional. They want to live the life they imagined, free from clutter and distraction. How do you turn that intention into your lifestyle?
Compelling reasons to act
There’s lots of good reasons, but do you have a compelling reason? Intentional living requires the most compelling of reasons. It’s the reason to postpone a reward now, for your future self. Adults and kids struggle with this. (Have you heard of the Marshmellow experiment?) Your personal compelling reason, the reason that stops you from purchasing more, helps you let go of more and keeps your goal front and center is key. People who believe their actions affect their destiny have a higher motivation.
Moving into action
To create the life they imagined, it’s moving from intention into action. The decisions and choices my clients face are what we all often struggle with. Its different questions. What do I do now to have the greatest impact on the future? As you step back and take in the big picture of your intention to live well, what do you see and what would you like that to look like? What is a baby step you can take to move in the direction of your intention? Choose one of these, or your own question, to help you get started.
When intentional living gets the most difficult
True integrity is doing the things that are harder in the moment. How do you stay on track? Prevention with self care is the first step. Self care includes eating healthy, getting good rest and exercising. These self care steps build us up. It’s easier to stay on target when you have gotten a good night’s rest.
Keep your intentional living upper most with small reminders each day. To keep mindful, a mantra or saying, a medallion or disk you can hold, or a post it note can keep you on track with your intentions.