A Lesson About Living Intentionally

Living intentionally is not always easy to do. We get caught up with the thoughts in our head and wrapped up in the daily grind of moving from one thing to the next. It is easy to lose sight of what we are working towards. I often wonder how many people actually have a vision for their lives or a goal they are actively working towards.

I’ve written before about the one question we should ask ourselves everyday. Setting a daily intention for Being is certainly a great place to start. There is something about putting your intention on paper that can focus your day in way that aligns with your aspirations.

As I go deeper into the journey of becoming more grounded in my life, I find myself wanting to live more intentionally. In Kelly McGonigal’s book, The Willpower Instinct, she talks about taking actions today that your future self would appreciate. This really resonated with me. It made me want to take some time to intentionally reflect on what my life would look like in the future.

To live intentionally, it helps to have a vision for your life. You have to know where you want to go in order to take action everyday. That vision will help you to align your behavior with your ambitions.

Years ago I had a vision of losing 40 pounds. I was overweight and uncomfortable with the person I saw in the mirror. Once I committed myself to bringing that vision to fruition, I started living each day in a way that aligned with my goal. I stopped eating certain foods and followed a strict workout regimen. It was difficult at first, but I was determined to stick to it. I became obsessed with making my dream a reality. I wanted to be healthy. And after a year of remaining committed to my goal, my vision was fulfilled.

It’s been eleven years since I accomplished that goal for myself. I’ve kept the weight off and people can hardly believe I was ever that size.

Sometimes committing to a vision mean committing to a lifestyle change.When I created the goal of being 40 pounds lighter, I was unknowingly committing myself to a healthy lifestyle. Since then, my diet and fitness have changed in ways I would have never imagined.

Today I find myself in the early stages of a new vision. I am on a journey to be more grounded and fulfilled. And this will involve focusing on my career goals, my relationships, and myself.

Life is a perpetual journey. And it’s the act of working towards a vision or a goal that can make it worthwhile.

What’s your vision?