How about being more intentional in 2024?
Prime the pump
January 9, 2024
How about being more intentional in 2024?

Happy New Year Everybody! Before we get back into the groove of Prime the Pump, I want to inject some of karenhearttalk into today’s article with a dose of inspiration.

My wish for you is that 2024 will be your most intentional and your most progressive year yet. To be intentional means that your actions are deliberate and purposeful. It means that decisions are made after carefully weighing the pros and cons. When you live intentionally, it leaves little room for impulsive actions. Intentional living boosts resilience, you are able to bounce back from failures or disappointments faster. When you are intentional, you live in the present and focus on what is happening in the here and now, as a result, you experience peace of mind. “Wandering mind can get stuck on negative thoughts and start to “react” to a perceived threat that feels very real–and makes you feel anxious. Brain science suggests “mind wandering” can help manage anxiety – Harvard Health

I encourage you to be more intentional about the pursuit of knowledge. Read more or listen to audio books. Whether you are driving or commuting via public transport, there are plenty of hours in the week for you to listen to something that stimulates your brain and sharpens your mind. It is said that you cannot give away what you do not have, therefore, be receptacles of knowledge.

Atomic Habit, by James Clear was my last book for 2023. “It offers a framework for getting 1% better every day by mastering tiny behaviours that lead to remarkable results.” So, find the right system that enables you to make small, consistent changes. Two takeaways from Atomic Habits are (1) “All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision.” (2) “Success is the product of daily habits – not once in a lifetime transformation.”

I welcomed 2024 with The Secret, by Rhonda Bryne “It is based on the believe of the pseudoscientific law of attraction, which claims that thoughts can change a person’s life directly.” Two takeaways from The Secret are (1) “Your thoughts are the primary cause of everything.” (2) “What you’re thinking right now is creating your future. You’re always thinking, and you are always creating.”

Currently I am ploughing through The 5 AM Club, by Robin Sharma. This book talks about the importance of getting up at 5 am and how to use the time from 5 a.m – 6 a.m interpret as victory hour. One of the quotes Sharma used in his book is “All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.” What better time than now to intentionally work on enhancing your life whether through the quality of your thoughts or pushing past your comfort zone until you accomplish your greatest desire. You can start with little habits, with positive thoughts and by giving yourself an extra hour in the morning to set yourself up for a superb day.

In 2024, I challenge you to do more than just take up space with your stance. Be intentional – I dare you to take up space with your voice – have the courage to speak up for what is right even if it means being disliked. Take up space with your integrity and your dignity. There are too many people who have made themselves invisible because they have sold their integrity or exchanged their dignity for favours. Take up space with your positive vibes – choose only to repeat what is true, what is fair and what will build goodwill. Take up space with your confidence and authenticity. Choose to go high when those around you go low, magnify the positive and snuff the negative. Take up space by networking and volunteering. Fortresses that protect you from people do not represent strength but weakness. We are so much stronger united than when we stand alone. Start today, start now. What do you have to lose?

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