Intentional living is all about accepting responsibility for your life. It is understanding that if you do not wake up and live life on purpose you will be bound to feel that life is happening to you. In other words, it increases your sense of personal power (or Agency) and shifts your perspective to life happening for you.
It is rather simple. It is the breaking out of habitual thinking that makes it awkward and difficult at first. Hence, the need for someone to guide you through the process because it requires you to be clear on your life vision, your values, and defining what a life well lived means to you.
Think of it this way, you are a sculptor, and your life is a block of marble. A sculptor does not just pick up the chisel and strike the block randomly. No. A sculptor thinks about each strike and how that will produce the final result.
Now here is the kicker. You can never finish the sculpture because of something most of us do not want to hear. We all have a terminal disease. There is one final stop on this train ride of life. So, intentional living is understanding the law of impermanence above all else and finding joy is in the crafting – not in the final result because we do not know when our time will be up. It is understanding the present moment is where living truly exists and the need to exit the dance between attachment and avoidance.
Intentional living moves away from reacting to life and moves to choosing. Choosing our response, choosing our story, choosing how we want to live. It requires one to understand their core values, beliefs, and the story they want to live. It is not about getting through life or merely existing. It is about rising above complacency and thriving.
This does not mean that everything is all rainbows and unicorns. Far from it. It means not being tossed around by the winds of change and understanding that joy is always present.
Ready to live intentionally?