Forget NewYear’s Resolutions, Resolve To Live Intentionally.

9 Smart Ways To Do So!

The new year for me is always met with a mixture of apprehension of the unknown, excitement and hope at the chance of new beginnings. This year I want to commit to live each day as much as possible with intention. I want to choose things and people  that bring me joy, purpose and fulfillment and to put in the effort and time to nurture those things and relationships. A friendship won’t persist unless you put in the time and effort to nurture it. A dream is just that unless you take active steps to turn it into reality. We all have dreams and goals we have set for the new year but I know it’s not enough to dream. You have to take action to see actual results. You must be intentional!

With that said, these are the 9 ways I intend to live this year with intention. Feel free to pick a few to use on your journey.

  1. Choose a direction: Decide what you want your life to look like, formulate a strategy to achieve it and purpose to follow through on your plan.
  2. Choose your words wisely: Resist the urge to speak negatively about yourself. We tend to be our own worst critics but replacing negative thoughts with positive affirmations can be a great confidence booster. In my experience,when I say positive things about myself, I feel more motivated and as a result more productive. See yourself as who you want to be and eventually you will get there.
  3. Rein in your mind: Do not just get carried away or let your life go wherever the wind blows. Be more aware of yourself, your surroundings and opportunities. Instead of reacting to situations, try as much as possible to respond with a clear mind. Decisions made in the heat of the moment or on impulse are usually regrettable.
  4. Take time for self reflection: Who are you? What makes you tick? What are you passionate about? Do you even know the answers to these questions? Knowing who you are is vital to figuring out what is important to you such that you put your energy, money and time into that. Keep a journal and keep updating it, and you’ll be surprised by what you discover about yourself. 
  5. Be accountable to someone. Don’t keep your plans to yourself. If you do not have the best self discipline, you can rely on them to help you get back on track before you slack off. We all need someone who will give us that extra push to follow through on our goals.
  6. Schedule everything. Every minute of your day is precious and should not be wasted. That’s why you need a schedule to keep you in control, give you freedom and reduce your stress levels. The more you have on your plate, the more crucial it is to have a schedule. Make to- do lists based on urgency and importance. Be flexible with your schedule and commit to your list.
  7. Eliminate people and things that do not contribute to your bottom line. This might sound harsh but considering how important your goals and dreams are, you have no choice but to do this. If an event or opportunity does not contribute to your bottom line, priorities and values in the long run, do not say yes to it. Be a little selfish with your time and resources so that you have more time for your well-being and more energy to focus on achieving your goals. 
  8. Use your “free-time” wisely. A teacher of mine used to say there’s no such thing as free-time. Whereas I do not necessarily agree with him, I think it’s important to make good use of our free time. Do nothing strenuous though; maybe read a book, listen to a podcast, do something that will inspire and energize you for the rest of your day. 
  9. Take stock of your life. While we are good at making New Year’s plans, we seldom take the time to evaluate and assess our progress. Every quarter, or whenever you feel like it, do an audit of your annual plan, tweak it where necessary and reevaluate yourself to stay on track. Remember to celebrate your small wins along the way. Have a celebratory ritual every week, treat yourself when you get your tasks  done successfully.

Go on and be great! Live Out Loud and have a great year!

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