I love writing about how a person can live a purposeful, mindful, intentional life. Why? Because life is more than just waking up in the morning, going to work, and coming back home. Those are just realistic lifestyle that we need to live by to pay the bills, eat, and sometimes enjoy ourselves now and then.
But what about those in-between? What about those times when we want to strive for something that benefits us in the long run, no matter how little or small?
If you’re on a journey toward personal development and self-improvement, the idea of intentional living may help you. When you’re thinking of living intentionally, you decide to make life choices that align with your values and beliefs. Sometimes, they may also be choices that are good for you that we’re not aware of in the long run.
Therefore, some principles adhere to intentional living, which this post is going to discuss. When you’re thinking about intentional living, think about these five principles and apply them to your life. If you do, you’ll definitely see your life in a whole different way, in the concept of living with a purpose or even living happily. Here, we’ll examine five components of intentional living.
This is post is about the 5 components Of intentional living
Intentional Living Component #1: The Purpose Behind Your Actions
First, intentional living means living with purpose. This means that you always have to evaluate the reasons for doing things, such as when you’re thinking of buying a washer/dryer, or a car, or even just simply what cereal will best help you tackle your morning. Intentional living with a purpose behind your actions causes you to understand what choice of life you want to live, no matter how big or small.
When you make intentional choices, you make direct intentional actions.
Practicing this can modify your life in many ways – big and small. Many people go through life on auto-pilot without fully reflecting on the reasons behind their actions. Such as why do you spend time with your friends? What is the reason for choosing the field of work or study you’ve chosen?
I wish I made a more intentional decision when I chose my field of work.
You can even benefit from questioning smaller things, like the choices you make when going to a fast-food restaurant, what you buy at the grocery or furniture store. Any life goals you have will be much easier to reach if you act with purpose and intention. That is why when making goals, ask yourself why this goal is important to you? How is this going to benefit and cause a big change in your life? When you ask intentional questions, you make intentional actions.
Intentional Living Component #2: Accept Responsibility
Another idea of intentional living is accepting responsibility. This is may seem like you’re living with intention, but it is definitely an important component. It’s easy to point to external factors for why you aren’t achieving everything you desire. You want to walk lose weight but you’re not taking the responsibility to make plans on how to do that. You want to eat healthily, but you’re still going to your favorite fast-food restaurant. You want to travel, but you haven’t even started saving money. Then, it’s easy putting the blame on things you could’ve actually gotten completed in the first place.
However, much of the time though, you will benefit from accepting responsibility. One reason for this is that personal responsibility equals control. When you finally accept the responsibility of your mistakes, you then take action to change them. Even when someone wrongs you, you have the intention to forgive because you value forgiveness, love, and moving forward. There’s not staying where you are or going back. That’s your definition of life.
The shift in mindset from someone who is always being “putting the blame to” versus the one “doing” will help you achieve greater things in your life.
Intentional Living Component #3: Creating Habits That Bring You To Your Goals
While intentional living does mean acknowledging the reasons for your behavior, there is a certain level of auto-pilot that will help you. That is, creating good habits. If you’re learning how to build good habits, then here’s a post on how to build habits that stick.
Creating intentional habits will lead you toward success if you persist with it.
For example, if you want more home-cooked food, you can do your research for easy quick meals to make at home or quick meals you can bring to work. That way, you’re saving money and learning new things to cook for yourself. The purpose behind that intention is influential enough to compel you to create a habit of cooking your meal daily, or weekly on the weekend, so you can bring your lunch to work.
When I first started my full-time job after graduating from college, I didn’t want to eat out every time. But if I was, I was losing money every day. So every weekend, I would cook my food for the week and place them in containers. Since my job had a microwave, I could use that microwave to eat up my food. It saved me a great deal of money because I used that saving to buy my first car. It’s a habit I’m still practicing and it works well for me. I love cooking new foods but also in love with my good ole’ chicken and pasta.
Over time, doing this on auto-pilot will help you reach your life goals.
Intentional Living Component #4: About Growth & Change
Next, it’s important to remember that intentional living is not about having everything figured out. It’s about growth and change. Things in life change, and you will change with it eventually. When my intentions were set on being a doctor, that intentions failed miserably when I became a biology major. Then, I changed my major to child development and had to accept the fact that this choice was the best for me, all the while realizing that being a doctor wasn’t my dream after all. Therefore, my intention changed.
This is also the same thing with relationships and friendship. Not everything will be good, but if your intention in the relationship is always to communicate, then both parties would seek that. Then as your communication with each other grows, so is your love and trust for each other.
Taking care of yourself is also an intentional component of life. Keep an open mind and expect that you will continue to evolve. Get to know yourself better as you grow. Read more books, practice more self-care, be more aware of your surroundings, be more mindful. Remain flexible.
You don’t have to continue doing something just because you’ve always done it that way. It serves you best always to ask “Is this serving me? Is this still working?” And if not, change it.
Intentional Living Component #5: Knowing Your Values & Beliefs
Finally, intentional living is about knowing your values. The thing about core values is that while many things do change, these are more solid. Once you identify your core values, your decision-making process becomes more comfortable.
For example, let’s say that one of your core values is freedom. With that information, you’d be able to choose what type of career would suit you best. Perhaps you’d avoid working in a cubicle and would thrive in a position that allowed for more flexibility. Or let’s say your core value was servitude. You would join an organization and volunteer for a cause that you believed in.
This is the same if you want to live an intentional life for God. When you live an intentional life for God, it is more than just going to church and saying prayers. Values that are in the bible are based on the fruits of the spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Goodness, Self-Control. As a Christian, you’re depending on the spirit to guide your thoughts and actions through Jesus Christ so you can do the Father’s will.
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. – Galatians 5:23 NIV
The best way to discover your core values is to think about life experiences that elicited strong emotions. Start with the things that have brought you the most joy and happiness. Then, contrast those with something that made you feel outraged. You’ll uncover two lists of opposites, which should bring you some degree of clarity on a handful of items that you can refine over time.
Your core values will be your leader for intentional living. They’ll always tell you where to go.
There you go! How are you going to live intentionally from now on? Leave your comments below!
Until Next Time,