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We human beings have huge plans to fulfil, dreams to achieve, and decisions to meet. But oftentimes, we encounter problems in the process of achieving our dreams. The only way to move past such problems is when we decide within ourselves to live a life with intentions.

What this means is living a life that is full of meaning and has a purpose. Such a life entails that you choose the activities that you consider worthwhile to you; activities for four own growth. You no longer have to engage in mindless activities. You are ensuring that your life is based on your own conscious choice of how you want your life to be. 

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Living a life with intentions will help you achieve a lot. First, it will increase your self-awareness and contentment. A life with intention will help you engage in meaningful activities that will have a positive influence on your life. The steps to living a better-balanced life include:

Be intentional about choosing activities that matter: Find out within yourself what matters to you or what is important to you. Prioritize your life. If you know the most important activities and people in your life, you will readily choose activities that matter and are crucial for your development. You can spend less time on activities that do not serve a positive purpose in your life.

You may ask yourself these few questions:

  • “What makes my life worth living?”  
  • “What is most important to me?”  
  • “What do I want out of life?”

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Work towards your own growth: Your life should be released towards self-improvement and personal growth. Personal growth, as a lifelong process, requires constant work and attention. Your purpose in life should be to better yourself and maintain your energy.

Practice mindfulness: Try to be in the present moment, it will help you to increase your self-awareness level. It will also help you to build stronger relationships with others. Practising mindfulness can be quite challenging, but if you set your mind to doing it consciously, it would come off easily.

Mindfulness requires one to be aware of everything in the present moment. It includes their own body, physical experience, environment, and surroundings as well as their emotional state, mindset, and thoughts. Regular practice of mindfulness can help us to be more aware of our choices and decisions, making us live a life with more intention and meaning. 

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Work towards overall wellness in your life: Try to maintain balance in every aspect of your life as it is essential to living your life to the fullest. Ensure that areas (health, finance, career, interpersonal relationships) are well-cared for. If you feel that things are out of balance, you should work towards re-centring. Experiencing life “out of balance” can happen, but it is our duty to put things in order.

Dare to make a difference: You should be selfless in all your dealings with the people around you. Your actions toward others matter, even your actions toward yourself. When you pay attention to the way you relate with people, you will find out how beneficial the process is to your mental wellbeing. Give back to others, and help them if you can; you will feel a sense of fulfilment within yourself.

In conclusion, when you live a life with intentions, you will be focused and pay more attention to your actions. This will in turn enrich your experiences with people and events and help you develop in life. 

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This article was first published on 24th May 2022


Ohia, Ernest Chigaemezu is a writer, editor, and grade teacher based in Jos, Nigeria.

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