Your best possible life. 5 guarantees for success. Rule #1

It’s always amazed me that we can go through years of schooling and come out, thousands of hours and thousands of dollars later, with almost no clue about how to really live.  The super important stuff, like (1)how to get along with others, (2)how to present ourselves in both dress and demeanor, in various life/career situations, (3)how to negotiate what’s important without creating a win/lose result or (4) how to weather and grow from the emotional storms that send us sailing in the wrong direction at times……well, THOSE THINGS are left for the seat of our pants.

Life is big.  Let’s make it simple, with a few rules as guideposts to GPS us into our best life possible.

But, first…..A word about 911.

The best thing I can say about a day like 911, is that we are all called forward into the “what if’s” of our own lives.  What if it had been me? What if I had loved a first responder? What if I just snapped my fingers, changing my life in an instant, right before my eyes?

Mama said there’d be days like this, the ones that punctuate the present with an indelible searing sensation….reminding us to think about our lives, right this minute. So let’s use those images of 911 for something positive and present day…….

How IS my life doing?  Am I where I want to be?  Am I who I want to be?

All of these questions bring us to the next five weeks…..sharing five basic rules……simple to understand yet challenging us to step into the success and satisfaction we were meant to experience.  Focusing on one each week will allow some time to process what they might mean for the present and the future.  They were developed by Brendon Burchard, who wrote a book called THE CHARGE.  His work is also worth looking into further.

RULE #1.  Have a Vision For Your Life.

When we go to school, we are given a list of courses we must complete in order to graduate with a certain degree.  Someone else has figured it out for us.  Along the way, lots of things get figured out for us.  I used to love to count on Spaghetti/Tuesdays and Fish Stick/Fridays at our school cafeteria.  Our car has an operations manual, neatly fitting just the size of our glove box. Everything we need to know is at our fingertips in an instant.

But for US?  The operations manual?  The routine and structure it takes to run things smoothly?  We are it.

Blank page.  Sharp pencil.

What’s your vision for yourself?

What are you doing about it?

What type of person do you want to do be?

What qualities do you want to embody?

Beyond what you are doing…..How do you want to feel about yourself, your work, your friends, your family?

If you could be that fly hanging out on the wall, in that room full of people you’ve just left……what would you like to hear them say about you?

Having a vision for YOUR life will take embracing discovery and clarity about your true nature.  That’s a very good thing.

To be able to say, “This is ME.” With a total crystalline conviction is endlessly energizing and powerfully magnetic to others.

What are your strengths?  What do I need to maximize and master?  What do I simply need to learn to manage?

Have a vision and watch to the lights come on in your eyes.

Is it worth it…..or better yet…..are YOU worth the time and energy it will take to figure it out?

Or, is every day crowded with the teetering pile of to do’s that are propelling someone else’s vision?

Next week, Rule #2



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