Choosing To Be Intentional

by Lee Buford on June 17, 2010

It is often said that a major key to success and accomplishment in life is largely related to the intentionality with which one pursues a goal or purpose. It seems a rather obvious notion, however, we seem to struggle with the concept in many areas.

I know I do. I know I need to be more intentional in many areas of my life, and I bet you do as well!

I had a great discussion this week with some friends around the idea of being more intentional in our faith…more specifically as it relates to growth, maturity, and discipleship within our own lives and communities. And as we ultimately kept coming back to, our being intentional in these areas always comes down to an individual commitment to take action…to DO something on the front end.

A few key areas where I need to be more intentional in this regard are:

  • Loving Others – I need to make a better effort to let others know how much I care. I need to make a few phone calls on a more frequent basis to family and friends. I need to be intentional about my actions.
  • Building Relationships – I need to set aside time to truly get to know people on a deeper level. I need to invest in others, and seek those who will invest in me. I need to be more intentional about creating or encouraging situations that allow the common interests of others to initiate a more intimate bonding.
  • Game-planning – I need to prioritize things that matter in the overall growth and maturity of myself and those around me. I need to be more strategic in identifying, acknowledging, and addressing areas that are holding me back.

The list goes on and on…

We all have similar needs, challenges, and opportunities, but not all of us will do something about it. We should! We should be “intentional” with our intentions…specific with our goals and plans.

As is the case with me, it is entirely up to you. Intentionality is voluntary. It’s a choice we make.

What are some areas in which you need to be more intentional? What choices will you make?

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