Live with Intention

“Intention is more than wishful thinking-it’s willful direction. It is a philosophy of the heart put into practice, a consistency of conscious patterns of thought, energy, and action. Through intention, we see more and create with more clarity, passion, and authenticity. Our attention then becomes a spotlight for every shred of supporting evidence that we’re on the right path.”

~ Jennifer Williamson @ healingbrave.com

One of the most meaningful gifts I have ever received is the charm in the photograph above. It was given to me by a special lady whom I knew only briefly while I was living in the quaint little community of Anaconda, Montana. It was a going away present. She gave it to me after she found out I was moving. It’s not only special because it’s made from copper mined in Anaconda, the small town I once called home, but due to the words…live with intention. Those words resonated with me from the first moment I read them. I’ve carried this with me as my mantra, of sorts, since the moment she gave it to me all those years ago. I believe it was meant to serve as a reminder to live a more purposeful life.

Lately I’ve been considering what it truly means to live with intention. So often we live our lives in overdrive, which can actually cause us to become stuck in a rut. We live merely out of habit and never really slow down to put much thought behind our actions, so we become imprisoned by patterns of behavior that do not promote growth. It’s my belief that living with intention means we should continually focus on becoming our best selves. Personal growth isn’t always easy and it takes commitment, but I prefer it to the alternative. I’ve come to the realization I have been in my own rut. It’s time to move forward, but first I must slow down.

My calendar message this morning said: “Being still keeps God moving in our lives.” That’s the truth! I know when I slow down to breathe, think, and pray I become more mindful of my behaviors. It allows me the time to consider which behaviors I need to eliminate, which of those I need to improve upon, and which behaviors I need to add in order to become a better human being. I will always be a work in progress, but the key word in that sentence is “progress”…progress means moving forward. Living with intention also means letting go of past regrets, failures, hurts, insecurities, grudges, and anything else that restricts us from being our best selves. These are all aspects of my life that I will continue to resolve and release, as I do my best to move on from all that is over and done with.

2020 is quickly approaching and one of my prayers is that I will continue to grow as a person and follow the path of becoming my best self. Live with intention will remain my mantra and I will be eternally grateful to the special lady who inspired it to be so.

“First, it is an intention. Then a behavior. Then a habit. Then a practice. Then a second nature. Then it is simply who you are.”

~ Brendan Burchard

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