The Importance of Being Intentional

In my post about habit building, I wrote that you have to be intentional in building your habits. You can’t just leave your habits to chance. Why? Because our natural tendency is to choose the easy way.

Now I’d like to take a closer look at the importance of being intentional, not only in habit building, but in every area of our lives.

The fact is, there are two ways to live your life: you can live either by default or by design. Living by default means just following the crowd; it means just following the path of least resistance. Living by design, on the other hand, means being proactive in how you live your life.

Living by default is the recipe for mediocrity while living by design is the recipe for greatness.

How can we live by design?

Living by design requires you to be intentional about your life. It requires you to look at the different aspects of your life and take deliberate actions to improve them. It requires you to take control of your life instead of just living on autopilot.

The more I look at my own life, the more I see the importance of being intentional. If you want to reach your full potential, you must think about and take deliberate actions. Don’t just follow the “normal” way of life because that—by definition—is the way to mediocrity.


  1. Hello Donald. I always read your articles but never thank you for your work. So I will now. THANK YOU!! ? Please know that you are appreciated even though you aren’t always congratulated.

  2. I believe that (good) habit building is the harder part of being intentional. For example, intentionally learning new things is less hard than waking up at 5:00 AM every morning to do it…

  3. your few words are exact to point and precise ,they are factual in practice and quite encouraging and instrumental to make an a turn round in our lives. keep it up

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