Be Intentional: Choosing When to Open the Door of Opportunity, and When to Keep it Shut

“Be intentional. With all the distractions around you, filter through what needs your attention and what needs to go.”

Life throws us daily decisions, opportunities, experiences, and choices.

I had always been one to say ‘yes’ to any opportunity thrown my way. I saw every opportunity as a valuable learning experience and an opportunity to grow; however, recently this outlook started to become an issue once I agreed to too many commitments and began to feel overwhelmed on a daily basis.

I think there is great value in filtering our opportunities, and knowing when to say ‘no.’ Just because the opportunity is presented to you does not mean you have to take it every single time. This is where, for me, life becomes complicated because I am constantly worrying about missing out on an opportunity or on a new experience.

Become intentional with your decision making. When we bring intention into our lives we can reduce anxiety and live a happier life. ☺️ To me, intentional decision making is understanding how I expend my energy, where my resources go, and how much attention I am able to provide to that new opportunity.

Quite often I get caught in an internal web of decision-making that leads to sleepless nights or a constant state of anxiety. But recently I had to take time to re-evaluate my decisions, my commitments, and understand what in my life deserves to have my energy right now.

We’ve likely all heard the saying, “when one door closes another door opens,” and the reality is that this will constantly happen throughout our lives. But, it is okay if you choose not to open a door in the first place because even without a door closing, another door still has the ability to open.

Filter through what needs your attention, and what needs to go.

Add the word “intentional” to your decision making, and I promise you that saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to an opportunity will become an easier, and happier process.

-Liv ✌🏽💜

Photo by Javier Allegue Barros on Unsplash


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