Three Steps to Start Living With Intention

by | Oct 21, 2017 | Living | 0 comments

I’m convinced that most of us want to live a full life. Yet, in reality, we are settling for life in the fast-lane on autopilot. Simply put, we are going through the motions while stumbling through our days putting out fires and accomplishing the urgent. Even worse, we are going nowhere fast and running out of steam.

That’s no way to live!

When I look at the model Jesus Christ set before us, the autopilot life described earlier is not the remarkable life promised in John 10:10.

A full and abundant life is an intentional life. What does it mean to live with intention? Living with intention means you must make time to identify the daily routines and activities that move you closer to the life that you were designed to live in an unhurried manner. A life which has a true God-driven purpose with clear goals to help you fulfill it.

As The Remarkable Woman, I want you to begin the journey to help you become your own best advocate.  As you learn to consistently put first things first, you can fully be in the moment in a restful way.

Looking for more out of life? If you’re ready to start living intentionally I’d like for you to grab some tea, take some time and think about the following questions. 

  • Is your life tank on full or empty?
  • Are you satisfied with your overall direction in life?
  • What drives your life?
  • Do you tend to lead by intuition or impulse?
  • Review the past week. Did you intentionally choose your activities or were you letting life happen while flying by the seat of your pants?

If you struggled to answer these questions, the chances are you’re living your life by default and not by design. Are you ready to make some changes?

Reclaim your life today! Start with these three simple steps:

  1. Choose a direction that leads with the end in mind. You can’t live with intention without knowing where you want to go. Without intention, you will find yourself wondering  “Am I there yet?” Consider what you want to accomplish. Ask yourself what kind of life do you want to live?  How do you want to be remembered? Once you know the big picture/vision for your life you can begin to take small steps to get there. As you consider the life that you are seeking to design for yourself, make sure to seek the Lord, the Master Designer first. Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain,” Psalm 127:1.                                                                                 
  2. Make time to reflect and take personal inventory. In order to live a more intentional life, you must learn to scale back, slow down and begin taking stock of where you are right now. We were created to live a contemplative life. God asked Adam and Eve in the garden, “Where are you?” to invite them to consider who they were and how they were living the lives He’d blessed them with. He knew exactly where they were and the state their hearts were in after eating the fruit He commanded them not to eat. But He wanted them to reflect and consider where they were in their own words and grow from the experience.

Take the time to stop and contemplate. I drink tea for this reason. It’s like liquid wisdom. It helps me to slow down and be still. Learn to ask questions that cause you to reflect:

  • Where are you?
  • Are you satisfied with your life at the moment?
  • What motivates your actions each day?
  • Do you live towards long-term, intentional goals or do you aimlessly drift toward short-term pleasure and convenience?
  1. Know your values and beliefs. To intentionally live a life worth the remark, you have to know what you stand for. We live in the land I fondly call DOT (distractions, options, and temptations) with a disease called FOMO (fear of missing out)! There’s too much coming at you all the time. Knowing and living by core values – your grounded set of beliefs – will help you navigate, make daily decisions easily, and steady the course. God’s Word helps you see the path that leads to living a life that matters.“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path,” Psalm 119:105.

Our presence matters. And, as I painfully watched the ceremony of a fallen military soldier being brought back home in a flag-draped coffin this week, I’m reminded that it’s not how we live or what we stand for that matters, but how we will be remembered! As we fight the good fight to design a life worth living and remembering, let’s be proactive by thinking and putting these three steps above into action.

Learning to live a more intentional life will require some effort in the beginning but be assured that it will get easier down the road…and the rewards will come with it.  The greatest reward is to hear these two words from the Lord: Well Done!!!

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