By Sisi M’Foye
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” It is an excellent reminder that every day is a thread that weaves the fabric of our lives. Each thread is just as important as the next in creating the life we imagined. As mentioned earlier, small daily actions can work for us, or against us. It’s up to us to choose which.
How do I let the real me live intentionally?
- Consider an ideal day.
If you were able to visualize and design your perfect day from beginning to end, what would it look like? Imagine a work-life balanced day. A day spent working on projects, spending time with loved ones and friends, etc. Take note of the things that are included and more importantly, what wasn’t included. People hardly mention spending time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. during their ideal day, yet I see them on Facebook.
- Create a foundation of small daily actions.
Once you have some ideas for your ideal day, create some quick and easy actions that reflect that ideal. While it may sound counter-intuitive, the smaller the action, the better. Whether it is one minute of meditation, slow breathing, power naps, one push-up, or reading a few pages of a book, consistent action is more important than immediate results.
- Express gratitude every day.
Gratitude can never be over emphasized; a grateful person is a happy person. Whether it’s writing down three things you’re grateful for in your notebook, sending a text to a friend, or a letter to a family member, expressing gratitude simply makes us happier. By acting on it daily, you begin to establish an attitude of abundance and gratitude.
- Make the bed every morning (Yes you read me clear!).
While it might seem a bit strange, making the bed every morning can lead to more success throughout the day. This is traditionally known as a keystone habit, done fist thing in the morning and can trigger other successful habits to come after it. By making the bed every day after waking up, you establish an early ‘win’ and a pattern of success.
- Pause and breathe.
Before every action you take, there is a moment. In that moment, you have the opportunity to pause and process whether the action you’re about to take aligns well with your ideals. Whether you want to respond or react to the situation at hand. A two-second pause can be the difference between living in alignment or bouncing from impulse to impulse.
Each day is just as important as the next in creating the life we imagined for ourselves. While each day may seem small, years later you’ll find that progress was made one small day at a time. After all, how we spend our days is how we spend our lives.
“THERE IS PROGRESS IN PROCESS EVEN IF IT IS NOT IMMEDIATELY EVIDENT” Mofoyeke Omole
Plan to live intentionally starting from now!
Join me next week as move on to the Part 2: Running your business intentionally