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Happy Intentional Year!!!

by Rena Laster, Life Coach and Speaker

As I was reflecting on the past year, the words of my father came to mind: "You can be anything that you put your mind to". These words have never been more profound. In other words, he was saying, live your life with intentionality, beginning with your thinking. There is a quote by Stephen Covey that says, "Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character reap a destiny. In our minds, we conceive what we want to do, have, believe, and then act upon these thoughts. They create our destiny by the amount of time, effort, and focus that we invest in them daily. There are five essential areas that we need to live with focus and intentionality: faith, relationships, work, finances and health. How? By translating what we say we value and believe into everyday behaviors and actions. For example, how can we say that family is our valued focus when we're never at home or never spend time together? I read somewhere that children spell love, T-I-M-E. Sometimes we are forced to focus on these areas. For example, a sickness will force you to focus on health. A family emergency or broken relationship will force you to focus on family. A financial crisis will force you to focus on finances.

This year, let's choose to live our lives with intentionality and focus by realizing that your life is made up of choices. Intentional living is based on a conscious attempt to live according to your values, beliefs, and priorities. Every morning is a new day filled with decisions and opportunities. We get to pick our attitudes, decisions, and focus. Too often we allow others to make these decisions for us. Living an intentional life will require you to take a step back and evaluate the direction in which your life is headed, how it is affecting you, and if it is taking you in a direction you desire. Are you utilizing the information, resources, tools, and support that are available to get your life on track? Don’t beat yourself up about what you did not accomplish this past year. Every day is a new beginning and a new start.

Let me suggest some intentional actions that will change the trajectory of your life this year:

1. Make sure to define a purpose for your life by identifying what you want your life to communicate and contribute to the world. What legacy do you want to leave? Begin to live that legacy today!

2. Stay focused. We live in a world of constant digital connectivity and distractions that beg for our attention nearly every moment of the day. Make your day fruitful and productive.

3. Learn from others. Successful people leave clues and allow us to not have to recreate the wheel and waste unnecessary time. Keep a journal of lessons learned and resource materials that can help you with your goals. Surround yourself with successful people since “iron sharpens iron”.

4. Before every action you take, there is a moment. Take the opportunity in that moment t to pause and process whether the action you’re about to take is well-aligned with your purpose, goals, and values. If not, make another decision.

5. Express gratitude every day by writing down three things you’re grateful for in your notebook or journal, sending a text of gratitude to a friend, or a letter to a family member. Volunteer some time for causes that help others.

6. Craft and design a life of less—and more; More of what you love, less of what you don’t. More positive people, less negative people, more organization, less clutter.

7. Set goals as they will introduce intentionality and focus into your daily life. Make sure to add time frames, make them measurable and realistic. Don’t be afraid to write new ones or get rid of old ones as your circumstances and seasons of life change. Continually examine and question yourself to stay in touch with who you are, your passions, talents, abilities, and weaknesses.

8. Schedule your intentions and goals into your calendar: for example, family time, health matters, savings, returning to school, when to leave work each day.

9. Don’t ride in the "Wish Mobile". Wishing does not produce action. A goal without a plan is just a wish.

Remember that being intentional is a choice. Focus on being focused. Live with purpose and passion each day. Remember that Rome was not built in a day, but by intentional steps toward a desired end. What will be your desired end for this New Year? Make it intentional. May you have a Happy, Prosperous, and Productive New Year!

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Rena Laster