The recipe behind progress is simple: It’s all about intention. Successful people don’t expect things to happen, they make them happen.
Here are 9 areas of your life you should be intentional about to get out of autopilot and live a more balanced and successful life.
- Your health
Be intentional about your physical health as well as your mental health (your mindset). Being physically charged through proper movement, nutrition, hydration and sleep will fuel all other areas of your life. Mastering your mindset means to develop coping mechanisms to deal with adversity, and being able to motivate yourself.
- Your kids
Be intentional about how you want to raise your kids. Choose what do you want them to know. Define the values you want to pass on to them. Expose them to situations where they have to prove themselves and internalize the teachings.
- Your impact on others
Be intentional about the influence you have on others. Choose to inspire and empower. Encourage them to step up and raise their ambitions.
- Your relationships
Be more intentional about your friends and family and the overall network that you have. Whom can you help? Who can help you?
- Your contribution, your purpose and ambition
Be more intentional about what it is you want to accomplish. Have goals that you can chase rather than being reactive to life. Decide early on your footprint, i.e. what you want to be known for. What do you want to dedicate your life to?
- Your experiences
Don’t let life just happen to you. Decide what you want to have in your life. Create a bucket list of things you want to experience and that you want to enrich your life with.
- Your growth
Who is it that you want to become? Determine what you want or need to get better at. Sharpen your skills.
- Your finances
At the very least be aware of what you earn and what you spend. Understand how you can invest money that you have to build a buffer for future undertakings.
- Your time
We live only once, but if we live our life well, once is enough. How to you want to spend your time? Balance your week with work, play, learning, self-reflection…and of course a little bit of ‘nothing’.
Watch the video above for the full lesson so that you can continue living as a role model!
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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT AND QUOTES:
Hi everybody, it’s Tasso.
As you know, a passion and mission of mine is to help people live their lives more intentionally.
I don’t want you to find yourself at the end of the year wondering where all this time went.
Why don’t I have the weight that I always wanted? Why don’t I have the promotion that I always wanted?
The recipe behind progress is very simple: it’s all about intention. Successful people don’t just expect their finances to increase, they’re intentional about it. Successful people don’t just expect their kids to be well educated, they’re intentional about it.
In this post, I share 9 areas of your life that I think you should be more intentional about in order to get out of autopilot and to live a really more balanced and successful life. Here they are:
Number one: Be more intentional about your health.
Here, I mean both physiology and psychology. Your physical health as well as your mindset. You need to be more intentional about what you put into your body, what you eat. You need to be more intentional how you integrate movement into your day. You need to be more intentional about your sleep and about your hydration.
The Human Performance Institute in the United States, distinguishes between different dimensions of energy. They refer to physical energy, emotional, mental and spiritual energy.
I’m not going to go too much into detail about this but they say that the physical energy is the basis for everything else. It connects and it fuels everything else.
Just imagine, how moody you are after a bad night’s sleep? How concentrated are you at work when you’re starving?
Physical health is critically important and so we need to be intentional about our physical health.
Being intentional about the mental health means here that you are intentional about developing coping mechanisms to deal with adversity.
How intentional are you about flooding your mind with positivity? How do you motivate yourself? How do you drag yourself out of misery?
This is something that we need to be more intentional about. These things don’t happen just automatically.
Number two: Be intentional about your kids.
I am guilty of this as well: I am very often happy just to make it through the day with the kids.
But to be honest, what is it that we want the kids to know? How do we want to raise the kids? What values do we need to communicate and pass on to them?
And even that is not enough. It’s not just saying, “The values that I want to pass on to my kids are this and this and that.” “I want them to be bold and daring. I want them to have a sense of family.”
But then be intentional about HOW you would actually expose them to these things. What do you need to do to expose them to demonstrate and to live those values? If you want them to be bold and daring, how can you expose them to situations where they have to prove themselves to be bold and daring?
Number three: Be intentional about your impact on others
I’ve told you many, many times that I believe you are a role model, anytime and everywhere. Whether you believe it or not, whether you know/realize it or not, people always looks up to other people and they pick up their behaviors.
So, here’s the question: How do you choose to show up? Are you somebody who shows up to inspire and to show possibility? Are you there to empower others? Are forcing them to stop and think? Are you helping them to step up and raise their ambitions? Are you helping them take steps and move towards their goals?
Or are you somebody who actually is rather disturbing people and disrupting them? Are you somebody who is not happy when other people are successful?
Think about it and be more intentional about your impact that you have on others. Choose the way you want to show up and be very, very aware about how other people perceive you, the influence you have on other people.
Number four: Be intentional about your relationships.
We often just let things happen to us and we let people come into our lives and people go out of our lives. Some of us have on LinkedIn 500+ connections, some have 3000 friends on Facebook but what do we want to do with them?
What is your intention behind each and every one of them? How can you help somebody with what you know and what you have? Who is helpful for you? What do you want to do with each of your people and friends? The inner circle maybe the outer circle? Be more intentional about your relationships and the overall network that you have.
Number five: Be intentional about your contribution, your purpose, and your mission.
Here it is all about your achievements. What do you want to achieve? What do you want to accomplish? For instance, at your job, what is the ‘footprint’ that you want to have? What do you want to be known for? What do you want to dedicate your time to? Overall, what do you want to dedicate your life to?
Very often we’re struggling when taking time to write a job resume or prepare for an interview, and we ask ourselves looking back: what were our achievements?
We look back and we try to figure out what we actually are good at. Well, flip the switch and actually plan ahead. Plan for your achievements. Plan for your accomplishments. Think about and be more intentional about what you want to do. What you want to be known for.
Companies have mission statements that aim to mobilize and motivate people to help them achieve what they want to do. Why not you? Why should you not have a mission statement?
If you don’t have a mission or you don’t communicate and articulate what your mission is, how can you expect other people to be able to help you even if they wanted to?
Number six: Be intentional about your experiences.
Be more intentional about your experiences. Similar to the contribution, we very often let life just happen to us and then we look back and say, “this is what my experiences are.”
What if you actually were more intentional about your experiences? What is it that you want to tick off as a box? Do you have a bucket list? What are the 50 things you want to achieve in your life? Is it about travel? Is it about understanding cultures? Is it about community? What is it intentionally that you want to have in your life?
Number seven: Be intentional about your growth.
Who is it that you want to become? What is it that you want to learn? What skill do you want or need to sharpen? What is it that you want to get better at? As simple as that. Be intentional about it. Plan it.
Don’t just let things happen to you and react. No, rather be proactive and plan for those things that will be of service to you. That will build your skills, that will make you more valuable for yourself and for those people around you. The people you work for, the people that you love and that you serve with your skills and competencies and expertise.
Number eight: Be more intentional about your finances.
Very rarely finances increase just because we want them to. We need to be very intentional about our finances and the least we can do is to be aware about what we earn and what we spend.
Very often I talk to people who tell me at the end of the month, “I don’t know where all the money went.”
Well, the reason for that is that you don’t get the basics right. Be more intentional about it. What is it that you need? What is it that you want? And make it more intentional for you to be aware of your finances. How do you invest? Become a more solid investor and understand your finances.
Number nine: Be more intentional about your time.
I don’t know about you but I don’t believe in reincarnation. I have one life. But as the quote says, “We only live once, but if we live our life well, once is enough.”
But in order to live our life well, we need to be more intentional. What and whom do we want to spend our time with? Are you aware at least when you’re watching TV and you’re Netflix binge watching that you do this at that very moment? Is it because you took the time for it or is it because you just were frustrated with something else and you ended up in front of the TV?
Be more intentional about how you spend your time. Be intentional about the one and only life you have.
Now here’s my question to you: how would your life change if you would just stop and think for a minute before you act on something before you act on your impulses? How would it look like if in one of these nine elements or maybe in all of these nine you replaced impulse by intention?
I hope this was inspiring for you. I hope I was able to communicate what I feel are the areas where we need to be much more intentional about in our lives.
- Our health
- The way we raise our kids
- The impact we have on others
- Our relationships
- Our contribution
- Our experiences
- Our personal growth
- How we master our finances
- The way we spend our time
Be more intentional about how you spend your time. Choose wisely the time that you spend at your nine to five job. Ask yourself whether the time that you spend at nights working on those things that you didn’t get done at work are well invested.
I hope it gave you some ideas of maybe areas you need to look into a bit more. Maybe you’re mastering most of these. Maybe there’s only one or two things you can tweak a little bit here and there.
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