Friday, January 15, 2010

5 Critical Steps to Take to Experience the Good in Life

Socrates stated, “Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.” When our life reflects good planning, we do not leave our destiny up to "luck," coincidence or happenstance. Instead, our path reflects our purpose and our faith fuels our passion to persist with effective actions to reach our desired destination. You can live a good life. The following are five critical steps that will help you manifest your desire into your reality:

1). Get a Vision. - In his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen Covey suggests that "we live life by design or default based on our ability to become self-aware and responsible" for the experiences we create. You must get clear as to what you define a "good life" to be for you. What is important to you? What experiences do you want to have in your life? At the end of the day and your life, how do you want to be remembered by those you love and love you? Take time to reflect on your answers doing so provides you with a frame of reference by which you can measure your decisions and actions. The quality of life you live will be influenced by the decisions you make and the actions that you take.

2). Develop Your Character - What are the personal and moral attributes that will equip you to create and sustain the good life that you desire to experience? William Edward Hartpole Lecky stated, “One of the most important lessons that experience teaches is that, on the whole, success depends more upon character than upon either intellect or fortune” What are your character strengths? What character weaknesses do you have that impose a threat to your attainment of your good life? How can developing your character provide you with opportunities to stretch yourself beyond self-imposed limitations? Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions.Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

3). Enlarge Your Potential - To receive more in your good life, you have to be willing to do more. To do more requires that you properly prepare yourself for the experiences that you desire in your good life. Proper preparation positions you to take advantage and create opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable to you. Today, what proactive action(s) can you take to prepare and position yourself for what you desire to possess in your good life? As you take steps to prepare yourself for opportunity you increase your capacity to do more and thus create a space in your life to receive more.

4). Create a Mastermind Group - Napoleon Hill stated, "plans are useless without sufficient power to translate them into action." He defines power as "organized and intelligently directed knowledge." To create and sustain the good life you desire, you will need the help of others. By soliciting the help of individuals who can provide you with wise counsel; you decrease your mistakes while increasing your ability to optimize your time and energy towards the attainment of specific experiences that define your good life. As you remain mindful of the good life you have envision, what knowledge, skills and expertise will you need? How can you begin today to cultivate and nurture relationships with individuals that possess these attributes? Opportunity abounds for the individual who surrounds himself or herself with individuals who are able to organize their efforts towards a specific purpose in a spirit of harmony.

5). Enjoy your journey - The attainment of your desired good life is not solely about the destinations you will reach but the process of growth and development that takes place in your mind, body, soul and spirit.
Your process of personal transformation throughout your life should be celebrated. Do not wait on the attainment of a particular "something" to celebrate your life, start today with an attitude of gratitude. Begin to be thankful for what is good in your life at this moment as you move towards that which you want to add to your life. You can only live in the present. Enjoy the moment that you have NOW. Take time today to have FUN. All work and no play will never be the most excellent way. Developing the habit to have fun in your day provides your spirit with that measure of joy and strength needed to persist despite the challenges and roadblocks you face towards the expected outcome of living a good life.

Success Becomes You