At the end of each day, I ask myself 5 questions.
What happened today?
What am I grateful for?
What am I hoping or praying for?
Where did I excel?
What did I learn?
I've started writing the answers to these questions in a diary at the end of each day.
Writing it down helps me to see patterns, to see where I'm growing, to see how days are being shaped by my thoughtfulness about them. But there's more to it than that.
My intention, about who I want to be and how I want to live, becomes easier to recognise in the actions of my day to day life. And in reverse, I'm able to see where the actions of my life are not in alignment with my intention.
What I am grateful for and what I learn each day is helping chart my course towards my life being completely aligned with my purpose or my intention.
Why does that matter? Well, your intentions are more powerful than you realise at times. If you lose sight of your intention, it becomes easy to get lost in the mundane and end up feeling disconnected. From the life you want to live and from yourself.
I've recently changed jobs to one where I can be more aligned to my purpose in my day to day life.
Already, I feel more connected to myself again and I can feel the momentum of my learning, my strength developing and my sense of vision.
So examine whether or not your intention is clear. Can you put it into words?
Then pick up a pen tonight and ask yourself those five questions.
Is your intention clearer?
Keep asking the questions. Keep answering.
Refine your intention and let it refine your actions
Tash McGill wants to change the world by helping people to think differently. Sometimes described as courageous by her friends, she frequently says aloud what no-one else is brave or stupid enough to say. She also finds writing third-person biographies uncomfortable.
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