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A Guide to Intentional Living

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“When you live each day with intentionality, there’s almost no limit to what you can do. You can transform yourself, your family, your community, and your nation. When enough people do that, they can change the world. When you intentionally use your everyday life to bring about positive change in the lives of others, you begin to live a life that matters.”

John C. Maxwell, Intentional Living: Choosing a Life That Matters

What Does it Mean to Live Intentionally?

Living intentionally means making the choice to purposely live each day instead of merely reacting to it. It’s the opposite of survival mode. It’s taking initiative.

It’s thriving.

Living intentionally is goal oriented. In order to get where you want to go, you need to know your end goal and the steps to get there. Daily actions create your life, and until you know what those daily actions will be you won’t get anywhere.

When you make the decision to live a more intentional life, you begin by taking ownership of yourself – your paradigms, your habits, your actions. As you start transforming yourself into the person you want to be, your life and relationships will start shifting a positive direction as well.

It all begins with you.

As you begin taking responsibility for who you are and what you do, your relationships, especially with your spouse and children, will bloom. Instead of letting the days pass you by, you’ll choose to be more present, more loving, and more involved. Connection will become a way of life. You’ll become more purposeful with the friends and acquaintances that you allow in your life.

Time is going to pass regardless of what you do, so it’s up to you to make the choice.

Are you going to start working now to become the person you want to be?

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3 Areas to Cultivate for a More Intentional Life

Personal Development

Taking ownership of yourself is your starting place on your path to a more intentional life.

Everything begins with you.

When you start bettering yourself, those improvements will start leaking into everything you do.

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Better Life | Habits | Mental Health | Self-Discipline | Self- Improvement | Self-Love


Intentional use of your time is powerful. It is the vehicle you’ll use in order to create the life you want through efficiency and goal setting.

It is the action that reflects your decision to be in control of your own life.

Life isn’t about accomplishing as much as you possibly can. It’s about accomplishing the things you need to do in an efficient way so that you can spend more of your time on the things and the people who really matter.

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Declutter | Focus | Goals | House | Minimalism | Motivation | Productivity | Rituals | Routines


Deepening your relationships is your end goal, because relationships are what gives life meaning.

If you truly want to make a difference in this world, you must connect with people – your spouse, your family, your friends, your acquaintances.

Start within your circle of influence by strengthening your relationship with your spouse and children. The decision to be more intentional with your marriage and parenting can make a world of a difference on your home life, just as purposely connecting with those outside of your circle can make a huge difference in the lives of others.

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Family | Marriage | Parenting | Relationships

Simple Ways to Live a More Intentional Life

  • Wake Early // Start your day on purpose. Make your bed. Have a healthy breakfast. Knock out something on your to-do list. Enjoy some quiet time before the business of your day begins.
  • Exercise // Taking care of your body through exercise and healthy eating will begin a domino effect of good decisions in your life.
  • Ritualize Self-Care // Stop being a martyr. Create a ritual of self-care that you do every single day. 
  • Improve Yourself // Becoming a better person doesn’t happen accidentally. Take steps daily to improve yourself through consistent learning.
  • Set Up Systems // Wish you had more time in the day? Start setting up systems and watch your productivity soar. Something as simple as a cleaning schedule can free up an impressive amount of time in your day.
  • Connect // Make it a point to connect with each member of your family daily. Be kind to someone. Serve. Grow your web of connections and influence.

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