How To Achieve What We Want In Life

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Living Life Deliberately

How to achieve what we want in life

How to achieve what we want in life is mostly dependent on what we choose to take action on. Taking appropriate actions is in turn dependant on the decisions we make and whether we carry them through or not. So a key skill is the ability to make good (useful) decisions.

But first, we all have two primary natural resources at our disposal.

First, there is time…

Second, there is personal energy.

Making The Most Of Our Natural Resources

Resource of time: as you know, we all have the same amount of time each day…
… and although I think of time as a resource, it can’t be managed as such. Time management is an illusion since it simply ticks away outside of our control.

But we can deliberately decide what actions we’ll take within any period of time, and then choose to take those actions (or not). Deliberate decision making and deliberate action taking are the building blocks for achieving whatever it is that we want.

Resource of personal energy: unlike time, we can, to a large extent manage our energy levels.
When we are young a great deal of energy is used for simply growing and learning. When we are young, we have an abundance of energy that at times is difficult to contain.

Once we’ve learned to use our bodies reasonably efficiently, our bodies, along with our minds have a capacity to bounce about all over the place.

As the abundance of youth passes, bit by bit we find that we have less energy to play with. As we grow older, fortunately, we learn to think and move more efficiently but nonetheless find that we need to learn to manage our energy levels.

Everything we do whether thinking or taking physical action requires energy.

In reality, as time passes, we tend to take on bigger challenges that require more energy and over a long period begin to experience a decreased level of energy. The earlier in life we learn to manage our energy, the easier it is to live life deliberately.

This means it’s a great benefit to take seriously the optimisation of our physical fitness and brain functions.

We need to learn to persistently look after ourselves.

Living Life Deliberately

What is the difference between those who achieve a lot and those who don’t? The simple answer is that those who achieve a lot, live life deliberately.

Living life deliberately requires a thinking system. A mindset for getting things done.

This is what I believe is the simplest, complete, system. I use it all the time:

  1. Know where you want to be / what you want;
  2. Know where you currently are / what you’ve currently got;
  3. Explore options to move from where you are now to where you want to be;
  4. Decide which options you want to pursue. Prioritise and organise them logically. Create a plan;
  5. Take action. Carry out the plan. Only appropriate action will take you in the direction you want to go;
  6. Regularly review. Check that what you want is still relevant and check progress against the plan. Make adjustments and persevere.

It’s a 6 step process: to learn more, take a look at How To Become The Best You Can Be.

Where To Start?

An often asked question is: “Where do I start?”

The often given, perhaps glib answer is: “Start wherever you are now!”

As real as that is, here is a more useful answer to help you get going.

Before I make comment, it’s important to realise that the only certainty in life is that things change.

Aspirations change. As you progress towards aspirations, your current situation evolves.

Plans created with the best of intentions often change based on all sorts of internal and external influences.

Throughout life, everyone experiences setbacks against their aspirations and plans. Sometimes through sheer error and sometimes unexpected.

So it’s important to become comfortable with the fact that you’ll be bombarded with all kinds of changes that need to be handled; perhaps incorporated into your plan. Learn to handle frustration when you feel it. Daily use of meditation or mindfulness practice can make an enormous difference to your ability to handle change when it happens.

There are two areas to focus on to get started.

  1. Figure out who you want to become. Remain aware that whatever you aspire to may change over time. Become excited by the possibilities, but not precious. Just know that starting with the end in mind is the key to prioritisation and logical planning. Knowing who you want to become and why can become your main guiding principles for future decisions.
  2. Figure out what you want to achieve on the way to becoming the person you want to be. Again I say, start with the end in mind and be excited but not precious. Working towards what you want to achieve will inevitably lead to what you become, over time. Over time you’ll find that figuring out why you want what you want can help enormously in staying motivated when the going gets tough.

Then I recommend learning How To Become The Best You Can Be.

If you have any questions or comments to add, please do so… your involvement is appreciated…

Richard B

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