Be intentional in all you do!

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in Personal Development | 8 comments

Do you wake up every morning ready to face the day? Are you generally happy? Do you feel engaged and excited to live your life?

I do. Every day I practice living an intentional life I experience happiness, engagement, and excitement just to wake up and greet the day.

My life isn’t perfect and yet my life is great! My day doesn’t always go the way I want but I learned long ago getting my way isn’t the secret to loving life. The secret is living intentionally.

What does it mean to be intentional?

It means you are purposeful in word and action. It means you live a life that is meaningful and fulfilling to you. It means you make thoughtful choices in your life.

Being intentional means you actively interact and engage with your life. You wake up every day and ask yourself, “how am I going to make this day great?”

You respond instead of react. You love instead of fear. You embrace instead of expect. You accept instead of resist.

Why be intentional?

Be intentional because you want to do more than just get by. Be intentional because you dream. Because you aspire. Because you care about something- anything! Because you live.

Sure, it’s easy to do what others do.

It’s easy to complain about Mondays because Monday is the most lovingly loathed day in our society.

It’s easy to live to work because we buy into the idea that we have to have more- more money, more credibility, more authority, more success. How often do we want these things because we think these things will make us happy?

It’s easy to trudge through life cursing the things you don’t like but staying stuck there. Is that the life you really want to live?

How to be intentional in all you do

Know yourself

What’s important to you? What do you love to do? Which people are meaningful to you? What motivates you? What lights you up? Do more of that! As much as you can do.

Embrace imperfection

Strive to grow and improve but don’t expect yourself or anyone else to be perfect. Embrace being perfectly imperfect and enjoy every minute of it!

You’re a human being- not a human doing. Be just who you are today and go from there.

Discover your choices

You may feel stuck sometimes but the truth is you have unlimited choices. Widen your perspective. Consider all the possible choices from the irresponsible and painful, to the inspiring and honest choices.

Make a list of your choices- even those that you would never choose. Sometimes just knowing you have choices frees you to make the best possible choice you can.

Declutter your life

Get rid of the habits, attitudes, situations, and people that you don’t fully embrace. Rid yourself of those things that hold you back from living a purposeful life.

If something doesn’t have meaning or value in your life, if it doesn’t add to your life but takes away, why are you hanging on to it?


Forgive yourself and forgive others for past wrongs- those things are in the past. Holding onto resentments holds you back.

Live in the moment

Life isn’t lived when…. when you get the raise you deserve, when you have the car you always wanted, when you find love.

Life is lived in this moment, enjoying what you have here and now- not what will be in the future, what is today.

Stop worrying about everyone else

It doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing. What matters is what you do!

It doesn’t matter what anyone else is thinking. What matters is what you think about you!

Keep living the good life!

The good life is the life you live today. Live it today and do it again tomorrow.

Keep practicing. Keep learning. Keep exploring. Keep thinking. Keep choosing. Keep living. Be intentional in all you do!

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  1. Just what I was looking for. Thank you for the inspiring me. I’ve set out to live a simple and intentional life this year. I always have ideas of things I want to do, and all the brainstorming to do them, but never end up executing. It all becomes an afterthought. “Being purposeful in word and action.” I’m a stay at home mom of a 3 month old and 2.5 year old. It’s important for me that they see living intentionally in all I do right from the start. Love and light!

    • Living simply and intentionally is an excellent goal!

      For years I also struggled to execute on all the ideas I have. I recommend finding some way to remind you of your goal. You may consider creating a vision board so you have a visual reminder of your goal, finding an accountability partner, or get involved in a community of people that have similar goals.

      I hope this year is an amazing one and you create intentionality in your life!


  2. Awesome article – great insights! I am a very intentional person – and feel excited to find your article from the google search “How To Be Intentional” Thank you for being intentional, and taking the time/effort to help others along their journey. You’re making a difference and impact. You rock!

    • Thank you for your kind words, JeMarc! I appreciate your comment!

      Have an excellent and intentional day!


  3. Thank you for allowing me to write some few comments of how I felt when I read about your details about the word “Intentional” , It really touch my heart, I was preparing a lesson to teach this Sunday the 28th of March to the sisters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the topic is “Its never too Early and its Never too Late and it says ,that we must be engaged in Intentional Parenting and I google this word there I found a lot of definiton about this word, but I
    choose your definition to be my guide today in my leson.

    Thank you
    Kind Regards
    Make Hetutu

    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Make! I am very honored to inspire what I’m sure was a beautiful lesson.

      I carry this idea of intentional every day, and I find when I live with intention, life is more peaceful, joyful, and I struggle less. Setting an intention is such a powerful tool to use for purposeful and meaningful living!

      Thanks again for stopping by my blog. Much gratitude to you!


  4. Awesome: The good life is the life you live today. YES! Wonderful article on the power of choice and intention. Thanks!

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Alli!

      I’m so grateful I learned I have choices in my life. For years I felt stuck; I was a victim of my circumstances- well, no more! Now I embrace choice and responsibility and live with intention!

      Have a grateful day!


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