Intention and Purpose Really Don’t Have to be So Complex

It’s important to live an intentional life. And it’s important to live a life with purpose, meaning, and a reason to get out of bed each day. But none of these things have to be huge, nor take a lifetime to achieve. In fact, I think it’s better if they are purposely and intentionally small. Because that makes them achievable rather than being overwhelming, seemingly out of reach, and only achieved by other, more fortunate, brighter, richer, more special people. And small, consistent ripples all add up to make large, life-changing waves, that touch the lives of many, not just our own.

And that’s where I think the narrative has gone a bit wrong.

There is a whole world out telling us that we need to do all manner of things, go on all manner of courses, and live our lives in a certain way, with lots of routines, discipline, and ultimately, outside instruction in order to find our purpose and live with intent – ironically a whole world of people all living their lives in order to tell others how to find meaning, as if by doing so they are living theirs, when in fact it is this narrative, this instruction which often makes people feel inadequate, overwhelmed and ill-equipped to even find, never mind live, deep and meaningful lives, because they have been seduced into outsourcing this to someone else, who cannot possibly have the answer, as it can only be found within ourselves and does not have a man-made price tag.

I find that ironic and really quite sad.

But here’s the thing, I believe that we can all live intentionally and with deep and meaningful purpose every single day if we just create the space to listen to and trust ourselves. Intentions can be small and effective, my intentions today are simply to go for a walk and do one kind thing, for one person.

Purpose can be simple and meaningful, my purpose today is simply to write this post in the hope it inspires someone to trust themselves a little more, not respond to a challenging situation until I have more clarity and less anger, and read one thing that helps my mind to grow a little more and to show up as fully and openly as I’m able given where I am today, to all that the world has to offer.

Now, none of these sounds particularly life-changing based on the narrative we hear around intent and purpose, but they sure as hell make my life a little better every day and as a result, others too.

Because if we are at peace with ourselves, it allows others to feel peace too.

If we give ourselves permission to define our own intent and purpose, it gives others permission too.

And if we celebrate the small things as the big things that they really are, it shows others how they can do so too.

So on this basis, I think you are much more purposeful and intentional than you realise and I think you are changing the world much more than you know.

You just need to recognise that you are doing so.


Nik Davis
Nik Davis
NIK DAVIS is a business transformation expert and has spent 20 years in the corporate world. Her comfort zone is order, logic and applying analytical tools to solve complex problems. She is also a keen observer of life, a writer and eccentric. Nik has recently returned to the world of work after taking a career break to spend time with her family. Upon her return, she found that her perspective had changed, as had the world she was returning to. Nik decided to carve out a new place in that world and mould some of it to fit her too. Nik sees life from quirky angles, shaped by experiences and the vast amount of knowledge we now have access to. She likes to write about her experiences and observations. To ‘tell it how it is’ and to find a more authentic way to live, whether in our professional or personal lives. Nik often talks about finding ‘The Third Way’. It’s a philosophy about life, having a personal life as well as a career, making money and being socially generous, being logical and sensitive, living by the rules of a society but not being afraid to challenge them, inspiring others to feel good but not for your own ego, giving rather than taking. Nik wants to make a difference to this world by getting people to see things differently, to try new ways of working but most of all, to re-discover our true selves and therefore reach our true potential. Nik also has two other persona’s: nikdavis which is where Nik writes about her deeply personal experiences of life. Nik runs a facebook group alongside this website to create a safe place for people to discuss the topics that are raised in her blog. Nik’s second persona is Lilly Isabella and this is where she shares her passion of fashion and design.

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