I was listening to a great podcast with Susan Peterson, the owner of Freshly Picked, and she talked about one of her keys to success is that she has learned to live with intention. She uses the example of if you are going to bed, then actually go to bed don’t “accidentally” play candy crush for three hours. You have to intentionally get ready for bed, and if need be, put your phone where it is not as easily accessible.
I have made “live with intention” my new motto this month. And it totally make sense. If I want to be a super organized person, I have to intentionally clean my house everyday. If I want a stronger testimony, I have to intentionally read my scriptures everyday. I will never accidentally know the Gospel is true, just like I will never accidentally have a made bed every day. I have to choose it.
Elder Uchtdorf addressed the same thought regarding our families. He said, “Strong marriage and family relationships do not happen just because we are members of the Church. They require constant, intentional work. The doctrine of eternal families must inspire us to dedicate our best efforts to saving and enriching our marriages and families.”
Anything worth doing or becoming will take that constant intentional work, but no one ever falls up a mountain, either. You have to choose every step. With intention, we will find progress, and that will help us be intentionally more happy.
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