In these busy times where we’re bombarded with too much information and too many products to consume it can be really difficult to live with intention and purpose. I think all the distractions causes us to lose a deep connection to ourselves and without that deep connection your life isn’t as fulfilling as it could be. How can we live life with intention and purpose when we’re continuously being distracted by the latest info or gadget? It takes a bit of work but it’s totally worth it if it means living a life you’re passionate about.
The Prep Work
Make a choice
Every day is a clean slate. You get to make your own decisions and you get to choose what your attitude is. You can let the little annoyances get you down or you can decide to notice them but not react to them, or even find the humorous side to them. Nobody and no situation can make you feel a certain way – you get to choose how you feel and how you react. Once you realize this and take ownership for your decisions and attitude you’ll be well on your way to living your life with intention.
Get to know yourself
You might think you already know yourself, but do you really? Have you let yourself explore your true passions? Do you even know what they are or are you too busy letting yourself become distracted by all the chaos around you? What areas do you strive in? What areas are you weak in? What really gets you excited? Take the time to really think about this and really get to know yourself.
The Practical Work
Stop comparing your life to someone else’s
Comparing your life to someone else’s just holds you back and doesn’t allow you to focus on your own purpose. Everyone is going to live their life differently so comparing your life to someone else’s is a huge waste of time and energy. Live your life and don’t worry about everyone else’s
Decide what your true passion is and then write down your goals. Write down your ultimate goal and then break that down into smaller goals that will get you there. Create a roadmap of what you need to do to succeed and celebrate each time you hit a goal.
This one can be tough. There are SO many distractions that are just begging for your time and attention. Don’t let the distractions win! Focus on what you want and keep moving towards it. Spend 10 minutes every day reflecting on what you want and what the next step you need to take is. When you learn how to block out the distractions you’ll truly feel like you’re living your life with purpose and intention.
What’s The Point Of All This?
Nobody wants to look back on their life and feel like they’ve wasted it. If that’s how you’re feeling now don’t worry because it’s never too late to start living with intention and purpose. Commit to living your best life and don’t let anything or anyone stand in your way.
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The Shocking Truth!
Did you know that more than 91% of people who start an exercise program quit before it’s even become a habit? The reason so many people give up is because making lifestyle changes is hard. It’s easy to get super pumped about starting a health and fitness program but it’s not so easy to stay super pumped once the work starts – especially if you think you’re not getting results fast enough.
Find yourself a good personal trainer/coach. A trainer or coach will work with you to figure out a schedule that works for you and your lifestyle. The other bonus is that you don’t have to waste time trying to figure out what kind of program you should do to reach your specific goals. A personal trainer will create a customized blueprint that will help you achieve your goals. Your trainer or coach will provide the motivation that you need to keep going, long after you would have stopped if left to your own devices.
You need accountability and that’s what a personal trainer or coach will do for you. If you’re seeing them in person you’ll have set appointments that you’ll still have to pay for if you don’t show up. If you’re doing an online program your coach will ask you to do assessments and send them in.
There are going to be times when you want to quit. A personal trainer or coach will remind you of why you started and help you overcome obstacles that might throw you off your new healthy path. They’ll have records of your improvements that they can show you to prove that you are moving forward and all you have to do is keep going.
Changing your lifestyle in order to make significant changes is not easy! Don’t try to go it alone! We all need help.
Most people at one time or another want to make changes in their life. It could be a fitness goal, a relationship goal, a business goal – could be anything. No matter what you want to change there’s usually quite a bit of apprehension when you start thinking about change.
What To Do??
If you really want to change your life you need to have the right mindset. Here are 3 beliefs you need to have in order to get your mind right!
1 Believe that something MUST change.
I’ll use the examples above. Fitness Goal: Do you want to get in shape because you think it would be nice or because your health is at risk or your joints hurt too much to stay the way you are? Relationship Goal: Do you want to make changes in your relationship because of a couple of minor issues or because you know your relationship is going to end if you don’t do something about it right now? Business Goal: Do you want to change something in your business because you think it could be a good idea or because if you don’t make that change your business will fail? You have to absolutely believe that if you don’t make the change the consequences will be FAR worse than the discomfort you might experience as you start to take steps toward your goal.
2 Believe that you and ONLY YOU can change it.
You have to take full responsibility for the changes you want to make. You can’t rely on someone else to make the change for you. Make this change your personal mission. If you’re relying on someone else to do it then maybe you don’t really want it as much as you thought. Let’s look at our examples above again. Fitness Goal: if you want to get healthy you have to exercise and eat healthy. No one can do that for you. Relationship Goal: maybe you feel that you and your partner aren’t communicating enough. You have to step up and communicate that to your partner – they might not even be aware that there’s any problem at all. Business Goal: if you want to take your business to the next level you have to decide what steps you need to take and take those steps – no one is going to do that for you unless they get a part of your business.
3 You HAVE to believe that you CAN change.
You can do amazing things when you set your mind to it. People are motivated by two things: to avoid pain and to get pleasure. If you want to change a behavior pattern all you have to do is associate pain with the behavior pattern that’s keeping you stuck and associate pleasure with the behavior pattern that will get you unstuck. Let’s look at a fitness goal. Let’s say your fitness goal is to get healthy so you can keep up with your kids and right now you’re eating a lot of junk food and not exercising. In your mind eating junk food equals pleasure and exercising equals pain. All you have to do is swap that thinking! Think about all the things you dislike about not being able to keep up with your kids and being unhealthy and attach those bad feelings to eating junk food. Then think about all the pleasure that being strong and fit brings and attach those feelings to exercise. Same thing with our other examples. Attach your unhappiness to the behavior that’s keeping you stuck and attach happiness to the changes you’ll need to make to get you to your goal.
You’ve Totally Got This!
You have within you everything you need to make any change you want in your life. Decide what you want and go get it!
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