Intentional Living | John C. Maxwell

Summary of: Intentional Living: Choosing a Life That Matters
By: John C. Maxwell

Introduction

Embark on a journey of discovery and personal growth with John C. Maxwell’s ‘Intentional Living: Choosing a Life That Matters’. In this insightful book, Maxwell demonstrates how embracing a life of true intentionality can lead to a more significant and fulfilling existence. Through compelling stories and expert advice, readers will learn the importance of focusing on making life better for others, taking action in meaningful ways, and tapping into the power of personal significance. Get ready to be inspired and challenged as you learn to live a life that truly matters, making a difference one step at a time.

Building a Life Story of Significance

Your life story matters and can be one of genuine significance. By living intentionally, focusing on making life better for others, you can build a great life story and make the world a better place. In a world where passivity and apathy are dangerous, being intentional at all times is crucial to leading a rich, fulfilling life. As Albert Einstein stated, “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” Being deliberate and proactive in all you do can result in gratifying and substantial rewards.

The Power of Intentional Living

Living intentionally is about being purposeful in your actions and making every day count. By being intentional, you bring value to the lives of others and find creative ways to achieve significance. This mindset energizes you to work harder and unleashes the power of significance within, inspiring you to give 100% of yourself to everything you do. It teaches you to put others first, making everything else possible. By finishing well, you create a legacy that inspires others to follow in your footsteps. When you live intentionally, you make a difference not only in your own life but also in the lives of those around you.

Making a Difference

The idea of evil in the world can be frightening and leave people feeling powerless to enact change. However, this is flawed thinking. Any person can make a difference, no matter how small. This can start with simple actions, as Lao Tzu once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Taking the initiative to lead a more significant life can start today.

Creating a Life of Significance

Everyone has the power to create a life of significance by using these strategies. Firstly, in order to be intentional, you must accept responsibility for your life and purpose. You need to connect with your purpose and tap into your special abilities which everyone has. Secondly, step out of your comfort zone, don’t wait for the perfect time and take the first step. Realize that perfect journeys don’t exist; you’ll make mistakes but learn from them to improve and do better. Thirdly, ask yourself three important questions to put your strengths to good use for significance: Can you be the best in the world at what you do? Are you passionate about what you do? Do you have the resources to change your world? Lastly, stop trying and start doing, don’t just express good intentions, take action and commit yourself to your goals. In the end, people often regret the chances they didn’t take more than the chances they took. Therefore, be intentional and create a life of significance by following the examples of two well-lived lives.

The Power Of Intentions

Carrie Rich, a former senior director at Inova Health Systems, started a philanthropic organization, The Global Good Fund, with just $100. Her aim was to raise $1,000 for six charitable organizations worldwide. Rich achieved her goal through intentional actions, reaching out to everyone she knew or met to donate to her cause. Her efforts yielded incredible results, with a million-dollar donation from a casual acquaintance. In 2012, Rich quit her job and committed her life to improving the lives of needy people globally. Rich’s story highlights the power of intentionality and the critical role of starting small in achieving big things. The book offers a valuable lesson on how ordinary people can make a tangible impact in the world, one intentional step at a time.

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