Being intentional is all about keeping your focus.
A friend of mine talks about the need to focus more on the road laid out before us in her blog Neeserisms. Check out Stay in Your Own Lane here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Distractions come in many shapes and forms. Sometimes it is difficult to discern best vs. good, important vs. urgent, delayed vs. instant gratification, what is right vs. what feels good. The best advice I have to keep your focus is:
- Set your priorities early on and when the distractions come, base your decisions on those pre-determined priorities.
- Establish a high standard for the way you think in every area of your life. How do you do that? This is the greatest guidance I’ve ever received:
“Summing it all up… I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned … what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” (Apostle Paul in his letter to the Phillippians in the New Testament of The Message version of the Bible)
“This is your world. Shape it or somebody else will.” (Gary Lew)