I believe the key to contentment is living intentionally. I know. I know. Everybody and their brother has the secret to happiness. But hear me out. First of all, we have to be careful not to confuse contentment with happiness. There is a big difference between the two. Happiness has to do with circumstances (external) whereas contentment comes from within, an internal sense of peace and fulfillment.
By being intentional about how we spend our time, energy and resources, we move to a position of control over our outcomes. The alternative is to leave things to chance and hope we end up getting what we want. How often does everything just drift toward everything you want to accomplish without any effort on your part. On the other hand, taking action on our goals puts us in the driver’s seat moving toward what we want. So why is it so hard to stay on track?
We get all fired up about our goals and start strong but eventually life happens and we lose focus. So how do we keep up the momentum? I found success using an ancient practice called Daily Examen. It’s pretty simple. You just spend a few minutes in reflection each day and think about how things are going, what adjustments need to be made and what you’re thankful for. The whole thing only takes 3-5 minutes. Here are three questions I like to use:
– What went well?
– What would I like to do differently?
– What am I thankful for?