Living a Life With Intent. Are You?
What Does This Even Mean…
This concept was introduced to me about 6 months ago and the meaning has changed or evolved several times since then. Not only did this have a profound impact on my personal life, but this “idea” can have an impact on someone’s health. Journey to health…fitness… or whatever you’d like to call your journey.
So I really got to thinking this week. Terrance asked me when he could realistically hit his squat goal. 6 months? A year? As we discussed his programming, it occurred to me that regardless of the answer to his question, one thing remained the same. Without intent, he would never reach his goal. The more he chooses to keep that goal in his sights every single day and perform the programming and nutrition we discussed; he is going to eventually squat 450. Seems simple right? Follow the plan. Live with intent. Set a goal and smash it. Now there is no doubt in my mind that Terrance (who for the rest of this blog I will affectionately refer to as Terry), will hit his goals. He’s dedicated and disciplined. This thought struck me, however, for those that don’t hit their goals. What went wrong? Why didn’t it stay as simple as it seemed? What got in the way? I started to envision clients of the past and my own goals; the one’s I hit and the one’s I didn’t. What was different between these?
Before diving into that I want to share a quote I found yesterday…
So, do it. Decide.
Is this the life you want to live?
Is this the person you want to be? The person you want to love?
Is this the best you can be?
Can you be stronger? Kinder? More compassionate?
Breathe in. Breathe out. And Decide. “
Man the writers of Grey’s Anatomy can really dig down deep into your soul. Perhaps that’s why my best friend and I were glued to the screen back in grad school every Thursday… regardless of where the quote came from, it is so true! Are you currently living the life you want? And I’ll go one further. Is this the health you want? The way you enjoy feeling? The deeper question is not the ones I’ve just written, but it is about why the answer to these questions may be no. What is keeping you from being the healthiest you? What is keeping you from reaching your goals? Time? Kids? As a coach, I’ve heard them all and used some of them myself.
As I stated above, this quote made me look at my current state and examine my past goals, the one’s I hit and the one’s I didn’t. What was my reason? What was my excuse? I can honestly say now, it was as simple as choosing to not live with intent. The times I didn’t succeed, I wasn’t choosing my daily tasks. I wasn’t intentionally living or writing my own script. Financial planning guru, Dave Ramsey, preaches about “telling your money where to go each month”. I have personally witnessed the benefits of that and how that has helped to transform the lives of people I know. Hitting some of my largest health and fitness goals came from that simple idea as well. I scripted my life. I TOLD myself what to do each day and where to go. (And yes, where to go was the gym LOL). No one else stole my time, I met deadlines and every task in the day had a purpose; an intent.
I think I’m busy now, but I look back to reaching those goals and how much more I was accomplishing simply by changing my intentions. Now, I am sure Terry will read this and think his squat goal is trivial in comparison to someone’s 100 lb. weight loss goal. (Cause sometimes he’s too modest to realize how awesome he is. There I said it!). But that’s just it. There is NO goal too trivial if it allows you to answer YES to those questions in that quote above. Never forget that!!
The best part about this is that the other coaches and myself might get the honor to play a part in YOUR journey. You may let us help you live your healthiest life or become the person you want to be. That, in and of itself, is amazing. That, in my mind, will never be a job. That is a privilege.
Now, I wish I could be the expert to list the exact things you need to do to live your life with intent and help you get the things you’ve always wanted. But I am in this journey with you and still learning every day. I think that’s the fun in it though. What I can do is leave you with a few things to mull over:
- Wake up each day as the actor and writer in your day, your life. You pick the tasks, you pick the cast and you write the script.
- Write down your goals. Where do you want to be next month? 6 months? 2 years? Write it down and look at it. Revise it every chance you get to stay on the journey
- What is your “healthy”? What does that feel like? Look like? Now plan your tasks around that idea and game plan that goal.
- Don’t let yourself off the hook. (And if you do, talk to your coach! That’s what we are here for.
- Move in some form every day and fuel your body with good foods. You’ll only regret the workouts that you don’t do.
- Ask for help. (And when you figure out how to master this one, let me know. LOL)
Every health goal is important. And I hope you believe that every health goal is also within reach. It just takes some consistency, some dedication and some intent. Accountability from your Edge Body Fit Family doesn’t hurt either. It’s never comfortable to feel out on that limb alone so remember that you aren’t. We are all on the road to the healthiest versions of ourselves. I will leave you with this… “Remember, you are one decision away from an entirely different life.”
So, what are your intentions for tomorrow??