We were all born to die. One day.
None of us can avoid this inevitable end to our human life.
What matters then is not how we die, or when,
but how we live our life.
Every day, we make choices about what we will do that day.
Some of us use a daily or weekly “To Do” list, and check off each activity when it is done.
Some of use goals, annual, 5-year, 10-year… and even a lifetime “bucket list”.
Others of us use guiding principles, like choosing “One Word” to guide our year, or following the Bible, or wanting to do good so we can leave the world a better place, or just doing what we feel like doing.
Still another choice, is to live intentionally.
To live intentionally is somewhat of a combination of the above options. It uses a word or phrase or several, as a guiding principle (a purpose statement). It also uses goals, and a “To Do” list. For Christians, it also includes biblical principles, and wanting to leave the world a better place. But it also uses what we feel like doing, when that is based on our own personal choices.
Living intentionally, requires looking at your life so far, and choosing what you want the rest of your life to look like. Then you choose how to accomplish that. Write a purpose statement, set goals, make a “To Do” list, decide things you will do more often, and things you will do less, or won’t do at all.
Living intentionally prevents a wasted life of wandering through life with no purpose.
There are several books on the subject of living an intentional life. Some are better than others. I have read several, and my favorite is “Make It Happen” by Lara Casey. This book sets out an easy to use plan to set up your life to live intentionally, so you can reach your goals and live with a purpose. The book is full of examples, and it leads you through step-by-step how to live intentionally. She has a Christian focus, but she does not preach about Jesus, so anyone can use this book. Lara is also an excellent encourager, so I found this book very uplifting and inspiring. I wrote a book review on it if you want to find out more. The link is at the end of this post.
If you want a taste of what Lara teaches in her book, you can read a 5-part series in her blog, that explains how to review the good and the bad of 2015, and set up goals for 2016. Then if you need more help, or want to do a more complete job of it, get her book and read it. (Links are at the end of this post.)
Why would you want to live intentionally?
A life lived with intention gives you a purpose, from your purpose statement. This helps guide your decisions. You have goals, and you write “To Do” lists to help you accomplish those goals.
This is in contrast with how many of us live. We get up feeling tired. We force ourselves to get up and get ready for work. We don’t really like our job, but it pays our bills. We look forward to the weekends, when we let our hair down and have fun. That is when we are not buying groceries, doing laundry, and cleaning. We go shopping to snag some real deals on clothes or jewelry that we don’t really need. We head home and grab some take-out food, eat and sit in front of the TV to watch some shows or a movie. Before we know it, the weekend is over. We head to bed, and wake up Monday morning feeling tired, and not ready to start our week all over again.
Does that sound like your life?
Wouldn’t you like to feel accomplished and useful at the end of each day? Wouldn’t you like to wake up each morning feeling inspired and eager to start the day, because you already know what you want to accomplish that day? Wouldn’t you like to start your day with prayer thanking God for your life and asking for help for the day’s tasks?
So do you choose to live tired and bored and frantic? Or do you want to live intentionally with a purpose?
Hey, it’s your choice!
So, here are the links you need to get started living with intention and purpose –
To read the 5-part blog series by Lara Casey (sorry but the giveaway has already ended) –
2016 Goal Setting in 5 parts –
Part 5: Make It Happen
To buy the book in one of several formats and from any of several stores – Go here.
To read my review of the book, go to my blog post.
Ok, now I have set you up to start living your life with intention. I have accomplished one of my tasks today from my “To Do” list, and feel happy. Next I will eat lunch, before I tackle my afternoon tasks. I love my life! And I am never bored!
So get going, and “Make It Happen“!
What will your “It” be? It’s your choice!