We all want to rise to our best in every aspect of our life. While the definition of that may be different for every person, we all have a picture of the ideal life for us. While at times we may think, “Yes, I’ve got it!” other times we may wonder if we are even headed in the right direction. Here are a few things that can be a foundation for us and help to make sure we are truly rising to our best.
Live Life on Purpose
Living life on purpose means that we are intentional about what we do. We don’t just bounce around on the waves of life like a cork in the ocean. But instead we are like a great ship that cuts a clean course through the water on the way to its destination
Know What is Important in Your Life
This may sound trivial and we all could pretty quickly list what we consider important. Things like our family, our health, our security, etc. easily come to mind. But it can be of help to us if we actually write these things down in a place that we can easily review them. The reason is that even though we may give lip service to these things, our actions say otherwise.
Be Honest With Yourself
Look at the different areas of your life (physical, emotional, family relationships, intellectual, spiritual, social, financial, etc.). Think about what the “perfect you” would look like in each of these areas. Write it down. Next, rate the “current you” on a scale of 1 to 10. Take time and be honest with yourself. How do you really measure up to what you would like to be?
Create a Plan
Decide on what actions you need to take to go from where you are today to the perfect 10 you described above. This may include mending relationships, changing how you spend your time and money, changing eating habits, or a host of other things. This list may seem overwhelming. Like the old joke goes, “How do you eat n elephant? One bite at a time.” Pick one thing on the list that you want to focus on first. Have some small successes and your improvement will snowball.
Enlist the Help of Others
Every great athlete has a coach. Someone who will come along side them, guiding them to whatever they are trying to accomplish. The help and support of others is critical to help us rise to our best self. And they do not always need to be there I person. There is incredible information, encouragement and inspiration available in the form of books, magazines, articles, blogs and podcasts. Take advantage of it!
Live YOUR Life
Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent time caring for people in the last weeks of their life. She writes about the amazing clarity of perspective people experienced as they neared the end of their life. When she questioned them about any regrets they had, she notice some recurring themes. She documented their top five regrets. Number one was. “I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me”. We can get so caught up worrying about what others may think of us that we are never true to our own dreams. Only to realize that all “those people” were so involved in their own lives that they weren’t really even thinking about us to begin with.
Most of us have many areas of life that where the “perfect me” does not align with the “real me”. Don’t worry about past failed attempts to change. Let’s live life intentionally and with purpose, and rise to our best! What is stopping you?