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Living Life Deliberately

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If you want to learn how to be successful in life you need to willingly take deliberate action.

Key ingredients are the ability to make good (useful) decisions. and then to have the courage to follow through.

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

First, there’s time…

Second, there’s 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, managing time as such is not possible.

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).

I make no apology for repeating this. First, make deliberate decisions. Then follow up with deliberate actions. They’re the building blocks for achieving whatever you want.

Resource of personal energy: unlike time, we can, to a large extent manage our energy levels.

When we are young we use a great deal of energy for growing and learning. When we are young, we have plenty 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 excitement of youth passes, bit by bit we find that we have less energy to play with. As we grow older, we become more efficient at thinking and moving. 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 need more energy. Over a long period, we 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 that putting effort into optimising our physical fitness and our brain functions are of great benefit.

We need to be deliberate and persistent to look after ourselves.

Living Life Deliberately

What is the difference between those who achieve a lot of what they want, and those who don’t?

The simple answer is that those who live their lives deliberately are most likely to achieve a lot.

Living life deliberately requires a mindset for getting things done.

Here is a brief description of the simplest, complete, system for getting things done. And for continuous improvement:

  1. Know where you want to be, what you want and why you want it;
  2. Know where you currently are and what you’ve currently got;
  3. Explore options for moving from where you are now to where you want to be;
  4. Decide which options you want to pursue. Prioritise and organise them into a logical plan;
  5. Take action. Carry out the plan. Only appropriate action will take you in the direction you want to go;
  6. Regular reviews. Take time for feedback. Check that what you want is still relevant and check progress against the plan. Make adjustments and persevere.

It’s an invaluable 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, glib answer is: “Start wherever you are now!”

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

First, though, it’s important to realise that the only certainty in life is that things change.

Aspirations change. Also, as you make progress towards your 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.

It’s useful to become comfortable with the fact that there’ll be all kinds of changes to handle. Sometimes you can incorporate them into your plan. Be comfortable with the idea that there will be times when you are uncomfortable.

Learn to handle frustration when you feel it.

Daily use of meditation or mindfulness can make an enormous difference to your ability to handle change.

In addition, here 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. Know that starting with the end in mind is the key to prioritisation and logical planning. Knowing who you want to become and why, are 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. Be excited but not precious about the possibilities. Deliberately working towards what you want to achieve will lead to what you become, over time. You’ll also find that figuring out why you want what you want will help you stay 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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