If you’ve ever wondered how to be intentional (and why its such a hot topic) this post will shed some light on things for you.
Being intentional means a few things:
It means bringing awareness to different areas and aspects of who you are – and your life
It also means (and this is the juicy bit) that we get to make a choice, to influence what happens in our lives, how we spend our time and ultimately change the results, experiences, feelings and joy we get out of them.
This not only goes for life – but the same is true for business too.
Whilst many people may advise on keeping our business and personal lives separate, I think it’s pretty dang impossible to do so.
We get into running our own businesses because of the fulfilment and freedom it can bring to our personal lives.
We are emotionally tied into what happens within our business because our businesses are usually founded on our skills and experience.
As our state of being – our beliefs and values – influences everything in our lives, businesses, our relationships, sensuality, our sense of self, of belonging and embodiment (everything touches everything) it’s impossible to separate the two out.
Which is why self development is the foundation to great business coaching – because it affects your energy, creativity, confidence to share, courage to be seen and ability to build connections / audiences and therefore your income too (also why I could never offer straight traditional business strategy – without working on the root of it all it’s not effective).
What does being intentional actually mean?
Being intentional means becoming aware that we have choice.
It’s being conscious to something, bringing our attention to it and making a choice based on what we choose.
It means no longer operating through habit, in a way that we have been taught but seeking out what resonates with us personally – empowering us to no longer settle but to take leadership of shaping our own lives and futures.
And living and working this way changes EVERYTHING because when you’re free from the ‘rules’ of operating or working the same way as other people, as you’ve been taught, you’re also free to listen to your own rhythm, your own higher calling, your own creative voice and to forge your way forward without so many worries and insecurities, aligned with the direction you have chosen.
This means more fulfilment for you, standing out from the crowd, more progression in your business, life and towards your desires because you’re doing what is right for YOU – you’re in integrity with yourself which feeds your well-being, your self esteem and your self expression so it’s a total win win and keep on winning.
So how to be intentional in our lives and businesses?
Obviously there are many ways to go about implementing becoming more intentional in your life and bringing your attention to one thing at a time can be great because once you do you start seeing how it links to other things, how your state of being influences your energy, how that influences your enthusiasm, productivity, procrastination and so on.
When I begin work with a new client we go through a series of exercises or conversations around where they are with things in their life currently and I have them rate major areas on a scale of 1-10 so we can build a clear picture of what changes need to take place for new opportunities and results to happen.
I’d encourage you to do the same to get a real overview of where you are – your current satisfaction, energy levels, enjoyment and results. Write down 10 or more major areas of your life and rate them on a scale of 1-10.
You could for example take the categories:
Wellness (I always relate wellness to a state of well being – mentally, energetically, physically)
Rate them and then go further to list why you’ve rated them that way – what’s going well, what are you enjoying, what’s not going so well and how can you create change in that area? You can grab my playbook going deeper in on this little gem of an exercise right here.
Bringing your awareness to each facet of your life in this way means taking time out of the noise and must do, to do, should do’s and listening to your self – finding your inner voice, your connection with your higher self and determining how you do want to be living.
It’s a really nourishing exercise to do and gives you simple steps to take, showing you how to be intentional, how to move forward in each area of your life and business whilst also connecting you with yourself, with your heart and soul over the instruction of trends or other peoples opinions. This is the basis of deeper self connection, self esteem, confidence, the courage to be seen and to share our self expression. Which obviously has its benefits where our businesses are concerned but also in all other areas of our lives.
You can do this exercise every few months to review your progression and plan out what to do next, or do it monthly and figure out why you have or haven’t stuck to creating the small changes or next steps you had planned out for yourself and in doing so you’ll begin to identify any blocks to your progression forward in all areas of your life.
So – pen ready? Give it a go! Grab your playbook to guide you through the exercise right here and let me know how you get on.