Have a purposeful, intentional and disciplined 2022!

There are three words that do not come very natural to most of us. These words stretch us out of our comfort zone, challenge us to be better people and force us to think beyond the path of least resistance. We have learned to be so content with just getting by, and just being average that the thought of actually raising the bar and striving for excellence feels like (gasp), work!

These three convicting words are “purposeful,” “intentional,” and “disciplined.” They are very powerful words, and whether we choose to live by them or not often determines if we coast through life or actually live through life. Knowing the only way to coast is downhill, why would we want to live like that?

A new year means a new, fresh start for all of us with lots of opportunities to make the world a better, healthier place. In order to be purposeful with how we live, we need to first determine the values that are important to us. These are the values, or “belief systems” that shape us, guide the decisions we make, and ultimately determine our behavior. They are unique to everyone.

In our office for example, we feel that next to our relationships with Christ and family, nothing is more valuable than our health. Only your values will motivate you however, so take your time establishing what’s most important to you. These values will provide your “moral compass” and will determine what you are passionate and purposeful about. A great book to read about being purposeful is “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren.

Once we have a purpose, we need to be intentional about making it a reality. Writing out daily goals and affirmations are imperative for keeping us accountable and intentional. Praying also helps us be intentional about how we live our lives. We know that life is short and our days are numbered, so living life with an understanding that each day is a gift helps us develop an intentional perspective. It’s much easier to sit back and passively wait for opportunities to fall in our lap, but we need to be bold, “seize the moment” as they say, and “not put off until tomorrow what can be done today.” This mindset is much more intentional and assures us of not having regrets later for not making the most of the days that we have now.

Discipline may be the most powerful and challenging word of them all. It requires us to shift our normal thought patterns and abandon the easy “path of least resistance” philosophy that resonates with us. This word creates a mental challenge every day, especially when it comes to eating well, moving well, and thinking well. For example, are we disciplined enough to say no to junk food when we are hungry and it is right in front of us? Are we disciplined enough to exercise when it’s so much easier not to? Are we disciplined enough to embrace an attitude of gratitude despite the challenges we all face? Being disciplined is not the easy way, but it is definitely the most rewarding way.

I encourage and challenge us all to look at 2022 as an incredible opportunity to be purposeful, intentional and disciplined about living life to the fullest and loving and serving others along the way! Let’s all do our part to make the world a better, healthier place. Happy New Year!

This column is paid for by Lukert Chiropractic.

 

Brett Lukert3 Posts

Dr. Brett Lukert, D.C. is a licensed chiropractor for Lukert Chiropractic & Wellness. In addition to his chiropractic training, Dr. Lukert is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician® (CCSP®) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

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