One of my Mantras is, “Be Intentional”.
Do what you say you will do… but think about it first.
Hmmm. I can’t remember the moment I decided to live with intention, but most people who know me would probably use the word to describe me. It might have come from watching people not be intentional. It might have come from the hard lessons of the frustration that comes from letting others direct my efforts or decide my focus. Whatever the source, “be intentional” has become an almost daily mantra for me.
I can’t just tell myself to be intentional, I have to have a strategy or a plan to guide my behaviors, thoughts, and actions so that I actually become intentional.
[a plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim.]Here is my intentional strategy:
- Know what I believe. I don’t have to tell everyone every thought and/or opinion I have, but I should know what I believe and why if I want to be sure I am doing or not doing what is important to me.
- Decide for myself how I spend my time. There are television shows that I might enjoy or benefit from. There are books and magazines worth reading. There are people who will add to my life if I spend time with them. If I choose for myself, I will be less likely to succumb to advertising and marketing ploys for things I really do not want to steal my time away.
- Don’t say “yes” or “no” too quickly. Take time to consider how I commit my time and energy. There will be consequences to any decision and I am wise to be as much in control of my decisions and actions as possible.
- Don’t blame others for my own choices and results. Own my own efforts and decisions. Apologize when necessary. Reimburse when appropriate. Accept credit and praise graciously. Say thank you and “I am sorry.”
- Live without regrets. If I consciously, intentionally decide what to say, how to spend time, who to be with, what to do, then the chances of having regrets is slim.
We can’t become intentional on accident. What is your strategy?