How to Live with Vision and Refocus Your Life

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Is life happening to you or for you?

Intentionality is the key to a life well lived. It’s living life on purpose; it’s showing up for your life rather than just letting it happen to you. It’s how you make it to 80 years old with glistening pride instead of painful regret.

But I didn’t always live with intention. I used to allow chaos to get the best of me. At times that meant not wanting to get out of bed, constantly feeling irritated with my family and cringing at the person I was becoming. However, when I started pursuing a vision for my life, I found the peace, joy and motivation I needed to keep going.

Everyone craves purpose. Everyone wants to reach their goals. But few understand how to take the intentional steps necessary for success.

Your mindset and lifestyle can hold you back in ways you may not even realize. Limiting beliefs, cluttered homes and poor focus all contribute to a lack of vision.

Self-talk is another major obstacle. When you believe negative things about who you are, you allow your own thoughts to weigh you down and hold you back.

But speaking truth into your identity will counteract those negative thoughts. Your words hold power. You are who you tell yourself you are. And you become what you think about. If you believe you’re bold, strong and intentional, you will become those things. You have a lot more power over your life than you believe.

To live intentionally, you have to think about your core values. Envision where you want to go. Aim your life in the direction of your choice. You’re more likely to succeed if you have a target. Success takes work, but I promise it’s easier to achieve when you have a goal and a plan.

This is why I’m so passionate about helping women clear the clutter from their homes and lives. We can get so bogged down by the daily to-do list that we miss out on irreplaceable moments.

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So in a world of constant distraction, reclaim your focus. Give thought to how you spend your time. You might find that much of your stuff isn’t adding to your life, but detracting from it.

Every day matters, but not every thing matters. I don’t want to miss making memories because I was trapped under piles of laundry or staring at my phone.

Of course, we have to do laundry, and technology isn’t all bad. I’m not saying that you need to write a 30 page manifesto for your life and refuse to deviate from it. I’m saying you need priorities. You need to be careful about the things (and people) you give your time to. So make sure you’re not taking time away from your family, your job or yourself and giving it away to things that don’t matter as much.

That’s why it’s important to be intentional and to have an overarching vision for your life. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself floundering rather than walking forward with purpose.

When we don’t have vision, life happens to us instead of happening for us. That’s not living well; that’s existing.


Allie Casazza is a blogger, podcaster and mom-life load-lightener, helping burdened moms simplify and focus on what matters. You can find her at AllieCasazza.com.