An unintentional life accepts everything and does nothing. An intentional life embraces only the things that will add to the mission of significance.” John C Maxwell
What is intentional living?
Living intentionally is simply not living accidentally and you are in control with your choices and not vice versa.
Hence you are parallel with your ultimate goals.
How to live intentionally?
Living intentionally is a personal day by day process. Life has not to be changed completely overnight. You need to first identify which part you need to live intentionally. In the case of personal development here are some of my tips:
5 Ways to Start Living Intentionally for personal development
1) Become aware of your autopilot mode
Being autopilot on the activities that drain your productivity which is directly or indirectly linked with a lot of things like procrastination, perfectionism, etc. The things we unintentionally do usually makes us feel unproductive and stuck. So, be aware of what do you automatically do when you feel like not doing your work? Is that automatized activity has become your habit? That is why making plans and building habits vital to invite personal development in your life. At Least being conscious upon your autopilot mode is one step towards personal development.
2) Focus on your goal, plan and take action
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”-Albert Einstein
Having goals in life is necessary. I think a life engaging short or long term goals becomes purposeful and meaningful. Your goals can be anything like: getting fit, eating clean and healthy, making someone happy, saving money, becoming a good manager, winning the gold medal, you name it.
After setting your goals and intentions, make a plan ahead. You’ve probably heard about the prefrontal cortex. Our prefrontal cortex is the part of our brain that permits us to set goals, think on the long term basis and plan. Best decisions are made for our future using the prefrontal cortex. This is the reason planning is so important. It’s more like booking a ticket where you set your destination ahead and fly it later. And lastly, it comes to taking action based on the planning we have made. I believe focusing on our goal and taking action accordingly brings the friction to move forward in life.
3)Permit to prioritize self-care
Okay, I talk about permission here because we often shy away to take care of our mental and physical wellbeing. Admit it! We give so much to others that we end up leaving for us nothing. I mean we disregard our self-care when we focus on our surroundings. For me prioritizing ‘me time’ during the early mornings has become a part of the self-care routine. My morning routine not only recharges my mind and body but gives abundance to serve others.
“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. ” – Oscar Wilde
4) Cultivate growth mindset
Well, you must have probably hear a lot about growth mindset vs fixed mindset off the internet. According to researcher Carol Dweck, there are two types of mindsets: a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. In a fixed mindset, people believe their qualities are fixed traits and therefore cannot change. These people document their intelligence and talents rather than working to develop and improve them. They also believe that talent alone leads to success, and effort is not required.
Alternatively, in a growth mindset, people have an underlying belief that their learning and intelligence can grow with time and experience. So, learning to cultivate a growth mindset is crucial because I think It not only expands our personal development but leads you to the best version of yourself. Being intentional on leaving your fixed beliefs about yourself like the impossibility be changed mindset, such as your intelligence, your weight, or your bad habits is crucial and will lead towards making positive changes. Having the growth mindset will help you form that the belief that you are enough capable of accomplishing any sort of goals be it learning a new language, breaking old habits, learning new skills, meeting new people, etc.
5) Celebrate achievements
When we consider achievement, we perceive the achievement to be something outstanding like making outstanding progress, getting that dream house that we have always wanted, getting that degree that we want to achieve or delivering a project milestone. We blur out the other less measurable achievements, for example, achieving new skills, supporting friends overcome their challenge, initiating the ideas into practice, etc. It feels silly to celebrate an effort that doesn’t seem like an achievement but something as simple as consistent good work can be a part to be celebrated. Yes, bigger achievements are there on your way but celebrating simple wins can do wonders in your daily life. So, to get to live intentionally for personal development, one way can be – tracking your daily habits and can celebrate your daily accomplishments.
Thanks for reading!