- “Don’t tell me what you believe; show me.” Dr. Stephen Franson
- “If you don’t have a dream, it will never come true.” Unknown
- Be the change you want to see in the world. Ghandi
- Find a mission that you can give yourself over to and then spend your days moving that mission forward.
- Man is made so that when anything fires his soul the impossibilities vanish.
- The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality. John Quincy Adams
- “Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth: The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.” – W.H.Murray
- Wonder is an essential nutrient for a life well lived. Name 10 things (people, places, flavors, songs, events) that completely astonish you.
- “When the world says, ‘Give up,’ Hope whispers, ‘Try it one more time.’” ~ Author Unknown
- “Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain, but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving. ” ~ Dale Carnegie
- “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie
- “One act of thanksgiving, when things go wrong with us, is worth a thousand thanks when things are agreeable to our inclinations.” ~ Saint John of Avila
- “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” - Willie Nelson
- “Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach
- “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
- The only thing we can perfect is our effort.
- I am grateful for everything that I experience today.
- I choose to add depth to my life today.
- I have special gifts and feel most useful to the world when I am using them to make a difference in the lives of others.
- I trust that I am right where I need to be in this moment.
- I will step over, climb over or knock over the obstacles that derail me from my greater purpose.
- I will try as though it is all up to me and pray as though it was all up to Him.
In setting ourselves up for success, we need to understand the element of control. We all know that we cannot control everything in our lives. At the same time, we understand that there are certain elements of our lives that we are able to control…and still others that only we can control. The measure of control we execute on our limited resources of time, energy, and focus and where we spend them will provide a good indication of what type of results we will have over time. If we neglect to manage what we can, the cares of life will certainly “manage” them for us.
Answering the following questions will help us define and establish our roles and goals in relation to each Life Time Value Account (and any more that they or their answers bring to mind). The greater definition we add to who we are today and what we want going forward in each of these life areas, the easier it will be for us to allocate our finite resources toward each of them and move toward our desired lifestyles.
Since I understand that I am wholly and solely responsible for my own wellness lifestyle and the expression of my genes, what wellness milestones do I want to achieve in the next day, week, month, and year(s)?
What is my spiritual orientation (if any at all), and how does it impact/influence those around me? Is there a particular level of spiritual awareness, (in)dependence, or capability that I want in life?
What of my financial matters do I have absolute control of, and which am I dependent on others (employer, government, etc.) for? What is a practical target for the way I want my accounts to look at this time next month/year?
During my “discretional” time, what would I like to achieve in my own ongoing learning and education? What concepts do I need more understanding in that I can work on gaining if I will allocate time and energy to them? Is there any bad information getting into my mind that I can decide to move away from or filter out somehow?
What is my position within my family? Am I primarily the leader, a contributor, or a subordinate, and how many people in my family do I need to balance my limited resources among? How much and what must I invest into which members of my immediate and extended family to know that I have done as much as I possibly could to arrive at the family structure and relationships that I ultimately desire? What do that structure and those relationships look like?
At what point in my career am I, and how much control over and derived benefit from my own time and efforts do I have? What would I like to change, and what measure of success would I like to achieve in the short-term? In the long-term? Do I want to get to a point that my vocation is less necessity-driven and more passion-driven? What is that point, and what conditions would make it so for me?
Do I know how to enjoy life both when I am by myself and when I am with other people? Who am I within my community of peers and acquaintances? Is that who I ultimately want to be? And if not, how would I define the person I’d like to be for them and the type of influence I’d like to have on those around me?
Taking time out to define where we stand in these areas of life and where we would like to be gives us a distinct advantage over anyone simply moving through life without giving attention to them – we can decide more of our own journey because of an increased awareness in the power of decision. Let’s decide now to take that time, do that assessment, and line ourselves up for progress toward our desired lifestyle.