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  • Writer's pictureMichele Andorfer

Intentional Living: Designing the Next Decade of Your Life

Where do you want to be in 10 years? What do you want to be doing? 

Most people focus on daily and yearly goals and don’t think about a long-term vision. But what if you could take control of your destiny and consciously shape the next 5-10 years of your life? 


The concept of intentional living empowers you to do just that – to be the designer of your own destiny. Sure there will be obstacles and challenges along the way. But with a well-thought-out plan, and the willingness to adjust as needed, you can create a roadmap that will lead you to the life you truly desire.


Clarify Your Values and Vision

The basis for intentional living begins with a deep understanding of your values and a clear vision for your future. Take the time to think about what really matters to you, what brings you joy, and what aligns with your core beliefs. 

Define your long-term goals and create a vivid mental image of the life you aspire to lead. This clarity will serve as the guiding light for the decisions and actions you take in the years to come.


Set SMART Goals

With your vision in mind, break it down into specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals. Whether it's personal, professional, or a mix of both, setting SMART goals creates a roadmap that keeps you focused and motivated. Divide your goals into short-term and long-term milestones, allowing you to celebrate achievements along the way while steadily progressing towards your ultimate vision.


Maintain a Growth Mindset

Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth. A growth mindset allows you to see setbacks as valuable lessons and as well as stepping stones toward success. What I have learned is setbacks have often redirected me towards something even better. Be resilient and learn to adapt to change. This mindset shift will help you to overcome obstacles and continue evolving as you intentionally design your life.


Create a Master Plan

Now that you have a vision and goals, create a master plan outlining the actionable steps required to achieve each goal. Break down the plan into smaller, manageable tasks, and create a timeline for their completion. Regularly revisit and revise your plan as needed, adjusting it to align with your evolving aspirations and circumstances. Keep it in front of you and adjust as needed.


Develop Positive Habits

Your daily habits shape your life. Intentionally design your routines to support your goals and well-being. Your habits should align with the life you're intentionally creating. Also, examine your current habits. Are they helping to move you closer to the life you’re creating or are they holding you back? Eliminate any habits that are preventing you from creating the life that you want.


Build a Support System

Surround yourself with people who share your values and aspirations. Your support system should provide encouragement, accountability, and constructive feedback. Share your journey with trusted friends, mentors, or family members who can offer valuable insights and contribute to your personal and professional growth.



Intentional living is a powerful concept that empowers you to be the designer of your own destiny. By clarifying your values, setting SMART goals, developing a growth mindset, creating a master plan, cultivating positive habits, and building a supportive network, you can intentionally design the next 5-10 years of your life. Take the reins, embrace the journey, and shape a future that aligns with your truest self. Remember, your life is a canvas – paint it with purpose.


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