Be intentional

by | Mar 21, 2016

What does it mean to be intentional?

Who and what is most important to you?

  • The people, the actions or practises that feed your soul and make your life richer
  • The reasons or justification behind why you do the things that you call work

“I go to work so that I can provide for ___”
“I slog away at my job so I can spend ___ weeks a year on vacation.”
“I’m just doing this until I can ___”

Consider how much time you put aside for those things that you say are important in your day to day life.

“Do I make a conscious effort to connect with the important people in my life on a regular basis?”
“Have I allocated time in my daily or weekly schedule for the practises and actions that I say are important?”
“Do I prioritise time to practise being the person (father, daughter, partner, writer, artist, healthy, positive) that I want to be?

If you’re not currently making time for these things, ask why.
Are they less of a priority than the things you do carve out time for?
Less of a priority than staying late at work, watching the new season of House of Cards or checking Facebook?

How can you reduce the cognitive dissonance between what you say you want and what you do?

  1. Let go of the things you say you want (or think you should want) but aren’t a priority in reality. Learn to get comfortable with saying “No thanks. That’s not for me.”
  2. Actively make time for the people and activities that are a priority. Book a regular ‘date night’ with your loved one, block out a consistent time in your daily/weekly schedule to do the creative work that is most important to you, allocate non-negotiable time to spend with your children. Consciously do the important things first otherwise you’ll find your day consumed by urgency ahead of significance.

Make certain that you’re being intentional today in a way that will matter tomorrow.

Be a contender

How will they know you’re ready? When you step up and demonstrate it through your actions. By taking a leap and showing that you know how to play the game. The beauty is that once you’ve begun, you no longer need someone else’s permission.

Build your own dream team

When you let your lack of skills in a certain area stop you from doing the work you’re meant to do, it’s time to look at who else is on your team.
Chances are that your current personal and professional network is already brimming with untapped ’super powers’.

Be intentional

Consider how much time you put aside for those things that you say are important in your day to day life and make certain that you’re being intentional today in a way that will matter tomorrow.

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