I heard a quote the other day that I fell in love with.

“Don’t just drift through life. Live intentionally and on purpose.”

It’s easy to get lost in the craziness of life and start to lose our purpose for living.

We find ourselves caught up in a whirlwind of schedules, meetings, activities and other things we think are important. But are we really doing what matters? What is important to us and what will make a difference in the world?

We are only given one life, and it’s important to live that life with integrity and purpose. It’s time to slow down and start living intentionally.

One big way is to say no more often. It’s so easy to overwhelm ourselves with commitments and activities. We do it with our kids also. We try to do too much with the little time we are given.

It’s hard to say no, but it’s something everyone needs to practice more often. If we have less things to occupy our mind and time, then we can really focus on living in the present; instead of always thinking about the next item on our to-do list.

It’s also important to realize that your life is made up of choices and you are responsible for the choices you make.

You cannot blame your actions on another person. You and only you are responsible for the choices you make both good and bad.

You also have the power to change the current path you are on. If you aren’t happy with how your life is going, then change it. It’s not necessary to keep living in a pattern of unhappiness.

Evaluate the company you keep. Are the fish you are swimming with helping you to become a better person and live in the present life? Or are they holding you back with negativity and leading you down a path you shouldn’t be on.

Take time to think about what you are really passionate about and what things are consuming your time that are meaningless to you. Find something you are passionate about and live for that. It will make your life feel more meaningful. When we start living for something else, we end the vicious cycle of selfish living.

This links back to learning to say no. Don’t agree to be involved with something that doesn’t line up with your belief system or passions. If your heart isn’t in it, you can’t be totally present.

It’s also important to stop comparing your life to others. Everyone is unique and different; and that’s ok. Being different is what makes life fun and more enjoyable.

Be happy with what you have and be good at being you. Don’t be jealous of what other people have and be happy with what you have!

Once you find a passion, decide to start living your own life and stop comparing yourself to others. It’s important to stay focused.

Our lives our constantly flooded with distractions, whether it be our phones, technology, other people or whatever it might be. We need to learn to cut out the unnecessary distractions and stay focused on what matters.

Maybe it’s time to put down our phones and live in the moment. Take a break from social media and the constant stream of information. Is it really crucial to our survival to know other people’s drama or what they ate for lunch?

Does constantly checking Snapchat contribute to your life goals and passions? Or is it just another distraction from your mundane and passionless life?

Remove items from your life that are pointless distractions from what really matters in the overall big picture.

Sometimes you can be weighed down by material possessions or the need to always have the latest and greatest. Let it all go.

Learn to wake up every morning and have a plan for your life. You only have one life to live, so make it count.