Be Intentional

Are you one of those people who love looking at funny Church Signs on Social Media? I crack up to no end, but on my runs recently (slowly getting back into the swing of things after January left me wiped) I keep passing a Church with a letter board displaying this: “Be Intentional.” They have left it up for a few weeks and I pass it several times a day on my way in and out of the neighborhood and it has piqued my curiosity. What does being intentional even mean, how do we live a life of intention?

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary,
Intentional is defined as: done by intention or design : INTENDED.
Intention is defined as: a thing intended; an aim or plan.

Intentional living is the art of making our own choices before others' choices make us.” -Richie Norton

I remember a time in College where I had some pretty specific views that I espoused that had very little to do with what I believed, I had basically internalized my professors views because well, they were older and wiser than I was and OBVIOUSLY they had to be right?! As I became older and hopefully wiser I look back on the college me and just smile, everything that I learned seemed like the absolute truth, opinions became fact and the facts became drilled into my head. My life intention was emulating what I saw in these professors, but then I started to grow up and form my own opinions and I saw that I didn’t have to agree with anyone, that I could make my own choices and have my own views and let me tell you, it was and is, life changing!

“I find that mindfully taking a moment to ritualize my intentions helps me to will that best, most exalted self into being.” -Mya Spalter

In December, all the talk is about making resolutions, what are your resolutions, have you kept your resolutions in the past…? In January it is all about eating well, working out, not drinking, basically working down your list of resolutions and then February rolls around and the stores start hawking chocolate and all things Valentines and we quickly forget the resolutions we wrote down just a few weeks ago. This leads to a lot of guilt regarding why can’t we ever stick to anything and thoughts of why do we do this to ourselves year after year? The reason is, resolutions are hopes and dreams, they are something we want to do or have happen, we just don’t really have a plan of how we actually are going to accomplish them, it is mostly fluff.

“It is only those that live intentionally that can accomplish and come to the significance meant for them.”
-Sunday Adelaja, The Mountain of Ignorance

Now, if we take those same resolutions and make them intentions, an amazing shift happens. Instead of listing working out as something on the list of things to do it is backed up by a plan. Here is how I carry this out in my life:

Alarm is set for 5:05, I like to sit up and acclimate and then get dressed, brush my teeth and start whatever I am doing by 5:30, I set a goal of one hour.

I have a plan, I have a schedule, I have clothes set out, I watch the time so I stay focused and then I do yoga, cardio, run, whatever is currently motivating me at the moment. The same can hold true for anything you wish to accomplish, living a life of intention becomes ultimately about living a life in a more scheduled, orderly fashion.

“What Do You Really Want? : The key is living with awareness and intention.”
-Helen S. Rosenau, The Messy Joys of Being Human: A Guide to Risking Change and Becoming Happier

Start small, your intention can be sit quietly for a few moments everyday to pray, meditate or just to read. For those that are timid, it can be working towards speaking up for yourself, for those who are overly gregarious and brave, to listen more. Whatever your intention is, whatever your path towards living a life of intention, we are thankful to be part of your journey.

All the best-
Team SG

Live a life of intention

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