After discussing the dangers of Diabetes in my last post and graphically emphasizing the point, I decided it was time to call everyone out from under the table (a place I would hide when I got scared) and help people find a method to achieve a better life. Since each of us are unique and view life from different perspectives, how is it possible to offer something that satisfies everyone’s needs? The answer is both simple and complicated and comes down to two words,
Most of us don’t take the time to think about this concept. We try, instead, to think of “things” we would like that elicit the emotions of joy and happiness. We attach this belief to a material possession or possessions attempting to redirect our feelings about ourselves and those we love and care for. In many cases, it is not so much about redirection as it is about impeding our deeper feelings. This translates into searching for material things that make us feel less bad about ourselves, rather than feeling good.
Living intentionally means viewing life from a perspective that allows us to make important decisions everyday that direct our lives. It is about gaining control over our own actions and responses and intentionally creating a plan to achieve a desired outcome. The joy and happiness this lifestyle achieves is not based on any individual possession but rather an inner strength that helps navigate the simple and treacherous paths that life lays in front of each of us. The confidence, integrity, self worth and self awareness this lifestyle provides guides the individual into becoming well balanced and appreciative of life itself.
Living Intentionally is achieved by solving the questions to situations currently interfering with experiencing “CHRONIC” joy and happiness. Some of these questions include:
What is my purpose in life?
What ideas create overwhelming positive feelings that I want to experience everyday upon awakening?
What steps am I taking to ensure my purpose in life is attained?
What can I do to take my overwhelming positive feelings and turn them into passions?
Which friends, family members or acquaintances do I want to experience this journey with?
These five simple questions provide a foundation to begin the process of Living Intentionally.
Some may argue that passion and purpose does not motivate their existence. Imposing this lifestyle creates further stress on the individual lost in life’s jungle. I disagree. This approach does NOT JUDGE the individual and does NOT IMPOSE any answers. You may CHOOSE to have no purpose or simply choose to be a small cog in the wheel of life. The beauty is designed in the concept of “freedom to choose.” Rather than potentially feeling helpless, unable to change direction because of varying responsibilities, the individual gains greater control over their choices and actions. Choosing to work 9-5 everyday rather than becoming a prisoner to this path as a result of debt and other obligations would be an example of this new paradigm. Today’s reality reduces the word CHOICE to NEED. This mentality enslaves the mind and the person. Living Intentionally overcomes these barriers by learning to gain control over one’s life. Any decision that results from this new approach becomes a purposeful “right” choice.
This concept requires time, patience and effort. Letting go of our current cognitive thought patterns can be frightening and challenging. Reinforcing the mantra, “LIVING INTENTIONALLY,” helps create a persistent visual image reinforcing a belief that “I AM IN CONTROL OF A BETTER TOMORROW; a tomorrow of MY choosing. Intentional Living is as unique as there are individuals on this planet.
What’s holding you back from LIVING INTENTIONALLY?