4 Ways to Be Intentional With Your Life

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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!

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**From the blog post “Be Intentional in All You Do” at  www.liveandlovework.com

How To Play To Your Strengths

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I just read where an entrepreneur named R. Michael Anderson said one of the keys to his success as a business owner is to to do one or two things really well. There’s really a lot of wisdom to that concept, and here’s why.

Think of some really successful businesses you know. Do they do multiple things really well. Probably not. Chances are, they do one or two things really well. Take fast food. “Five Guys Burgers and Fries” is one of the most successful burger joints out there. Why, because they intentionally do one or two things…burgers and fries…really well. They don’t sell pizza, wings, subs, or anything else. Just burgers and fries…and some amazing milkshakes that rival only Steak ‘n Shake in my humble opinion. Do you know how McDonald’s started out? If you don’t, I encourage you to check out “The Founder” starring Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s. In the movie, we learn that the McDonald’s brothers wanted to do a burger joint like no one else, because most other burger places were drive-ins, and they were not very efficient. So the brothers figured out how to produce a great tasting burger and fry combination in a record amount of time. How did they do this? By focusing on doing one or two things really well.

I’ve worked for three decades in radio. I was always told that it’s difficult to be an effective, successful morning show personality AND be an effective program director, or manager because both jobs are full-time jobs and come with their own inherent issues that consume a lot of your time. Most of the time when I was on the air doing my morning show, I was thinking about my job as program director. When I was doing my job as program director, I was thinking about my job as morning show host. Granted, this might have something to do with my Attention Deficit Disorder, but I think you get the point. Focus on one or two things, do them really well, and you’ve got something.

It’s great to try to diversify and do many different things, but if you don’t do them well, what’s the point, right? I’m really starting to believe that two of the big keys to success are intentionality (doing what you need to do even if you don’t want to do those things), and focusing on doing one or two things really well.

What do YOU do well? Chances are, there are one or two things you do really well. Look for opportunities to do those things to benefit yourself and others!