Thursday, December 22, 2005

Getting what you want out of life

Getting What You Want Out of Life

“You don’t have to find your purpose to feel more fulfilled. You just have to look for it.” – Ellen Michaud

The question “what do you want out of life?” is only slightly easier for most people to answer than “what is the meaning of life?” However, in order to get what you want, you have to know what it is that you want.

Below is a simple three-step process for getting the most out of life:

1) Develop your priorities. What are the things in your life that make you the happiest, feel the most fulfilled, and have the greatest impact? Are these the things that you are either doing or working towards? These should be your priorities.

2) Plan and execute changes. Once you have developed your priorities, begin to determine the best way to give those things the respect they deserve with your attention, dedication, and hard work. This may take time and need to be accomplished in steps.

3) Connect with others. Establish, develop, and cultivate relationships with people in your life with similar values, priorities, and work ethics. Work to make these relationships assist you in meeting your priorities.

Happiness, success, reaching your goals: these things must be identified and broken down to be accomplished. Think of it as a roadmap. As you begin to piece together and plan the details of your own roadmap to success, keep the things you want out of life in mind and understand that although what you want today may differ from what you want tomorrow, that is no reason not to start down the road today.

Treating Your Life Like a Business

“We almost always have choices, and the better the choice, the more we will be in control of our lives.” – William Glasser

I apply the same organization and discipline to my life and my job as I do as a business owner, because otherwise I cannot expect to have success in all areas of my life. As a business owner I work extra hard to stay organized, make and keep connections, and lead by example. I take special care with everything from the finances to the equipment in the office. I look for opportunities to teach, mentor and delegate as appropriate. I praise and reward for a job well done, and I even use a fresh eye to look at the way my office would appear to a visitor each morning as I walk through the door. As a business owner there is so much that I do extra well, because as a business owner I take ownership.

I believe that to be truly successful, all areas of your life need to be given the same attention and dedication that they would get if you were running them as a business owner. That includes your job, whether you are actually the business owner or not.

Take ownership and responsibility, and show yourself the same respect that you would if you were a successful business.

How Does a Good Business Run?

Think about the characteristics of a well-run business. Can you apply those to your job, and to the other aspects of your life? Scheduling, organization, planning, delegation, division of labor, mentorship, community focus, and financial responsibility all can be brought into the context of your job, home-life, and family. Can you reflect on these and other characteristics of a good business that are relevant to your life?
(c) 2005 Meghan Wier
Confessions of an Introvert


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