The Tough Side of Living Intentionally

Living with Intention — what does that mean and how can I do it? That is a question I get a lot. That is actually one of the biggest reasons I am launching my Podcast, Living Intentionally with Amy Smalarz in about a week. My definition is different from yours, which is different than someone elses’.

But here is the thing — there are commonalities among all of us. Namely, purpose. Living for and executing on a purpose is what I hear a lot.

And as I like to say, “Living with Intention is Having Direction.” But when you break it down, it can mean making tough decisions. It can mean being uncomfortable. It can mean standing up for yourself, what’s best for you and other people getting mad or upset.

And that is one of the hardest, toughest parts of Living with Intention — realizing that you can make some of the people happy some of the time and part of the people happy part of the time but not all of the people all of the time. [Thanks, Dad for that quote :-)]

Now, I bet after you read the sentence above, you are shaking your head saying — of course I can’t make everyone happy all of the time! But you would be surprised at how often we make decisions to try to ensure that other people don’t get upset or mad. That other people don’t feel let down. Yet, how often do you make a decision based on how it makes you feel?

You see, that is another tough part of Living Intentionally and that is listening to what your body has to say. Our body reacts to our thoughts and emotions but many times we choose to ignore it.

When it’s right you know it and when it’s not right, you know it! Think to a time when you made the “right” decision. How did your body feel? Did you feel ‘light’ or full of energy or just relaxed? Now, think to a time you made a decision that you thought you ‘should’ make but didn’t really agree with? How did your body feel then? Were you tense? Did you get a headache, a neck-ache or just not feel good?

Yes, Living Intentionally is something each and every one of us can do. It is within your grasp. The good side of it is you know your direction (remember, Living with Intention is Having Direction) and you are driven and purposeful. Yet, the hard part, the tough part is coming to the realization that you have choices and decisions to make and you are held accountable for those decisions.

Once you are ready to accept the tough side, the good side shines!