Are you living your life with intention? Or is life happening to you?
Last month, I facilitated a 14-day intentional living challenge with a group of awesome participants. It has been amazing to hear about and see the changes they made in their lives in such a short period of time. In fact, it was so exciting to me, that I am I expanding on the material and exercises from the challenge to create two more opportunities: an Intentional Living Course (in the process, stay tuned!), and a 1-on-1 coaching program for people who are interested in diving deeper!
This work is so meaningful to me because one of the greatest sources of stress and dissatisfaction that I see in people’s lives is a lack of intentional living, or alignment with what matters most to them.
Here are two types of people/scenarios I often see:
1. People who are stressed, busy and overwhelmed, juggling multiple tasks but not feeling productive or efficient, trying to fit everything in, and never feeling on top of things enough to actually take a moment to sit back and plan what they desire their life to look like.
2. People who don’t necessarily feel stressed or “behind”, but who feel a nagging lack of fulfillment. They are achieving things and doing what they’re “supposed” to do, they’ve got a good job, they’re effective in work and life, they’ve got pretty good relationships. They don’t have a bad life. But they still feel like something is missing. They may question, “Is this it?”
A common similarity between these two types of people is that they are not connected with what’s most important to them (i.e. their personal values and priorities, what makes them come alive) – and they are not intentionally aligning their time and energy with these values.
I have been – and continue to be at times – in both scenarios described above. But through my study and application of research in positive psychology and neuroscience, and through my own work with a coach, I’ve made leaps and bounds in living a more intentional life.
Here are some examples of what life can look like when I’m living intentionally versus when I’m living on autopilot:
Are you living life with intention – being the person you want to be, and creating the life you want to have? Or is life happening to you, and maybe passing by way too quickly?
Here’s what we do in my one-on-one coaching program:
First and foremost, you have to know what you want your life to be. What is most important to you? What makes you come alive? We get so caught up in the day-to-day that we actually forget or lose sight of this – or, maybe we have never even truly explored it! So stepping back and getting a clear sense of your values and priorities is essential. There are great activities and exercises we employ to get at the heart of this.
Then we make a plan for how to get these values and priorities to show up more in your life.
Next, you take action in accordance with the plan. You align your life with your values and priorities. This is intentional living!
All the while, we also work to identify your time and energy “leaks”. These are often times you are living life on autopilot. There are more of these than you think, and the good news is, you can gain more control over these than you think.
Additionally, we work to make changes in your thinking and mindset that help you stay on track with intentional living in the long term.
If you’re interested in learning more about my intentional living coaching program, or coaching in general, drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can schedule a phone call to discuss further!