As we look forward to 2018, and many of us start to make resolutions on how we can “be a better me”, one thing is key: being intentional.
What does it mean to live intentionally? I like what Career Coach Chrysta Bairre says:
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.**
To be more specific, you have to ask yourself every day: what I am going to accomplish today? Whose life can I impact positively today? How can I leave this world better at the end of today?
If you don’t know the answer to these questions, how about those posed by Robert D. Smith in his book “20,000 Days and Counting”:
What is important to you right now? What is next for you? What is one immediate need I can fill for someone I know? What is a huge dream I have? How can I make it bigger?
In a general sense we all want to be the kind of people that other people want to be around, right? Impacting others is the key to a more fulfilling life, right? So, how do we do that?
Smile more. You’d be surprised at how few people smile. Make a habit of smiling. Practice smiling? A good, full toothy smile. Your smile may be the only smile somebody sees today.
Give of yourself more. Not out of obligation, but out of genuine love and concern. Give an encouraging word. Give a hug. Give a listening ear. You can’t imagine how many people crave that stuff.
Make smaller, attainable goals for yourself each day. Research shows that people give up on resolutions because they can’t measure up to the high standards they set for themselves. You’d rather accomplish 30% of a goal than 0%, right? So make that big goal, and then chop it up a bit into more attainable goals.
Journal your everyday progress. One key thing to do while you do this is to take stock of what you’re grateful for each day. Once you do that, you will be able to look more positively at what you did accomplish each day.
Be passionate. Be purposeful. Be intentional. You will be glad you did, as will everyone else around you!
**From the blog post “Be Intentional in All You Do” at www.liveandlovework.com