Are you so busy that you “don’t have time” for the things you long to do? Does your day begin with alarm, snooze, alarm, shower, dress, jump-into-action-no-time-for-you? Maybe it seems that life just happens to you and all you can do is keep reacting to the circumstances that show up.

Now, imagine a life where you get up and enjoy your “daily quiet time” before you shower and get ready for the rest of your day.

Did you just breathe a little sigh of relief?  That’s the feeling you can have every day and all you must do is become intentional about living your life. When you start your day with quiet time for yourself you begin your day with more energy, confidence, and peace of mind. It is easier to focus on the life you want and take the actions necessary to make it happen.

What is an intentional life?

It is a life that you live on purpose. You decide what kind of life you want and then intentionally choose to create it. The first step is deciding what you want. Start with a journal or a sheet of paper and write down everything that comes to mind when you think of your ideal life.

Here are a few suggestions to get your ideas flowing that you may want to include on your Intentional Life list:

  • Quiet time for self each morning for creating your intentional life
  • Move More – Exercise
  • Eat Less – Diet
  • Drink Water – Hydration
  • Meditate – Spiritual Growth
  • I’m Thankful For…
  • Tidy Up My Home
  • I Will Learn to – List things you want to do or learn about
  • Relationships – How will you cultivate new and existing relationships? Whom do you want to connect with on a deeper level?
  • Practice Random Acts of Kindness

You might also add things like

  • Be more compassionate toward myself and others
  • Send your inner critic on a sabbatical
  • Smile more
  • Don’t worry about what others think
  • Read more books
  • Find the humor in situations and laugh more often

When you are finished read your list and fine tune it to include everything you want in your ideal life. This is your life so make sure the things on your list reflect what you desire.

The second step is committing to taking consistent action on one or more of the items on your list every day. Start with something that seems easy for you to do so you have success.

The third step is to create an action plan for the item on your list that you will do first. It is like cooking in a way. You start with a recipe and you gather the ingredients (in this case the item on your list you want to accomplish). Then you follow the steps listed in the recipe to get your final product. The difference here is that you are creating the steps that you will follow for your own personal recipe for success of this item on your list.

The fourth step take consistent action – just do it. When you master one item on your list take on another item. Create your own recipe for success for each item on your list.

Celebrate your success with each item on your list as you put it into place in your life. Soon you will notice that you are living an intentional life. A life with purpose and freedom to live as you desire.

Nancy Dadami is a Feng Shui Consultant, Creatively Fit Coach, and Speaker. She teaches open-minded people to live in “the flow”, unlock their potential and align with their Inner Magnificence so they can create magic in the world.

4 Steps to Living an Intentional Life