Being More Intentional
Being More Intentional
I’ve decided that 2017 is a year of intention. I came to this decision when I went through all of the projects, business ventures, relationships, health goal results and other successes and failures I’ve had over the past year. When I broke everything down I realized a commonality: lack of intention. (NOTE: I don’t really believe in failures, if I failed at something it means at least I tried!)
Of course at the time I didn’t realize I was having this issue. In 2016 my goals were tied to focus on my corporate job, my lifestyle coaching business, my community, my health, relationships and supporting small businesses. I wasn’t acting intentionally though, and I also discovered I wasn’t having fun!
This realization hit me next: “Just because you can do something and may be even good at it, doesn’t mean that you should continue doing it.” I was doing too many things! And for any of my friends, mentors, family, clients and colleagues yelling at this article right now saying, “WE TOLD YOU THIS,” calm down, I wasn’t ready to hear it then! Why? Because I was figuring things out and working on undoing who I thought I was supposed to be, and uncovering more of the true me. Can you relate?
By doing so many things it helped me figure out what I don’t want to be doing. I don’t want to be at a desk for 10 hours every day. I don’t want to be a speaker at an event for a topic that doesn’t resonate with the intentions of my business. I do want to support and mentor people wanting to improve their lives through wellness and entrepreneurship. I don’t want to only be the voice of positivity but also the voice of realness. I do want to focus on improving processes and providing solutions to issues but I don’t want to be ‘that person’ who is always pointing out things that are wrong. My list goes on but I wanted to mention a few so you can see how different these are from the general non intentional goals of 2016. By having my intentions clear I can without hesitation accept and decline commitments without guilt, fear or regret. I can be a better listener. And as a result, a better coach, mentor, colleague, friend and family member.
If you feel you are not yet satisfied with your current lifestyle use these 4 tips to assist you:
- Realize that being dissatisfied is totally OK! If you’re not where you thought you’d be yet, you may have more to learn or simply not be ready for “there” just yet. Looking back a year from now, you may even be thankful that you aren’t there because you find yourself somewhere better!
- Take care of yourself first. If you don’t have the energy, mindset and health to take care of yourself, your vision cannot succeed. How are you going to take care of a business or others if you don’t practice self-care first? (Said with loving intention!)
- Write down your intentions. Use words, feelings and imagery. Use this to assist you in deciding what projects or ventures you will be taking on and you’ll feel more in alignment.
- Be adaptable! Life changes. You change. Goals change. Love a lifestyle of intention and you’ll find it a more enjoyable experience even when times get bad.
- And finally, don’t wait an entire year to change paths if something isn’t fitting. Have fun. Work hard. Practice self-care. You can always set new intentions.
Danielle Woolley is passionate about assisting people with investing in their health and businesses to have the ability to be more, have more and do more, whatever more means for them. She truly believes that you can be everything that you desire to be in this life. You can connect with her at firstname.lastname@example.org, https://femcity.com/monmouth or via social media!