When people ask what my content is about I usually jump into a vague ramble ending with “just health and wellness stuff”. It leaves them confused and me frustrated because the answer doesn’t really encapsulate what I’m about.
When I really think about it, there's a larger philosophy tying my content together. It's the idea of Living With Intent.
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” — Abraham Lincoln
I belive we can create the life we want. It sounds simple but so many people get stuck in habits, programming and limiting beliefs which hold them back. If we set our destination, find our fuel and get out of our way, we can engineer our dream existence.
Intentionality is to stop living life on autopilot. It’s being aware of who we are and what we’re doing. And then using each moment to steer towards our destination.
There’s 3 parts to this journey:
You need to develop a deep understanding of who you are to identify what’s holding you back. Stop frequently and ask yourself what you're doing and why you're doing it. Give yourself the space and stillnesss to objectively analyse your behaviour and then remember that your limiting beliefs are optional. You know that the chapters of life are written in the mind, so start becoming aware of the stories you tell yourself.
Designing your future self
What sort of life do you really want? Your imagination will form the blueprint of your future-self.
“You will never get any more out of life than you expect.” — Bruce Lee
Consider Elon Musk who disrupted electric vehicles, space travel and invented a flamethrower just for fun. Elon, like other hugely successful people, has a vivid imagination. In fact Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Curiosity and imagination will help set your destination. Become the designer where anything and everything is possible.
Once you’ve set your course it’s time to commit to your journey. Learning, taking action, failing and asking for help is all fuel for the trip.
Did you know in 2020, Google launched certification courses on Corsera, an online education platform which costs $49 per month? Kent Walker, Google senior Vice President, tweeted that “in our own hiring, we will now treat these new career certificates as the equivalent of a four-year degree for related roles”.
Anything we want to learn can be found online. What's limited is our time, so use it intentionally. Find your mentor on YouTube and choose a podcast over music on your way to work. Recognise that small actions compound over time to shape your future-self. The food we eat, the content we digest and the relationships we choose all move us in a certain direction.
“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become” - James Clear.
What are you waiting for?
Do you want to arrive at an unknown destination having been driven by peer pressure, cultural expectations, media influence or laziness? Or will you hop in the drivers seat of your thoughts, beliefs and actions? Starting today you can make choices that steer you towards who you truly wish to become. Start living with intent.