Welcome to the Excelerated Life™
Create Your Life
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or a Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well’.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Are you working for a lifestyle or are you living your life?”
~ Thomas J. Leonard
The Excelerated Life™ – A Definition
So, what exactly is the Excelerated Life™?
The Excelerated Life™ is a life of flourishing and well-being, and a life of meaning, purpose, and service. It is creating a successful – however you define it – life. The Excelerated Life™ is thriving, not merely surviving, and certainly not languishing.
A life of flourishing.
Here, adapted from Merriam-Webster.com, is a definition of flourishing: flourish: to grow, to thrive; to achieve success, to prosper; to reach a height of development.
When you are flourishing, says Barbara Fredrickson: “You feel more alive, creative, and resilient. You have a palpable sense of personal growth and of making a positive difference. This is flourishing. It feels and is totally different from languishing. You’ve stepped up to a whole new level of life.”
[Positivity, Barbara Fredrickson]
When a plant flourishes, it is growing – strong, healthy, alive. It has beautiful foliage and masses of flowers or fruit. Similarly, when you flourish, you, too, are strong and healthy – not only physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. You are growing and producing the fruits of your labor. You feel content.
A life of well-being.
A definition for well-being that I especially like comes from www.dictionary.com: “a good or satisfactory condition of existence; a state characterized by health, happiness, and prosperity.”
Martin Seligman, the “father” of Positive Psychology, identifies 5 elements of well-being: Positive emotion, Engagement, positive Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. (Seligman offers the mnemonic = PERMA to help remember the 5 elements.) [Flourish, Martin E. P. Seligman] The Excelerated Life™ uses various tools (“Excelerators”, etc.) to help us build and grow in these 5 areas.
A life of meaning.
Meaning is one of the 5 elements of well-being, but Meaning has its own place in the Excelerated Life™. Seligman defines meaning as having 3 criteria: 1) It contributes to well-being. 2) It is often pursued for its own sake. 3) Meaning is defined and measured independently of the other 4 elements of well-being. [Flourish, Seligman]
We sometimes ask ourselves, “What is the meaning of life?” Or we wonder if our life has “meaning”. We consider meaning and a meaningful life within the context of well-being but also outside of that context. We frequently consider life meaning on its own. In living an Excelerated Life™, we actively seek to live in meaningful ways.
A life of purpose.
What did you come here to do? Purpose is not something you select or decide on. Purpose is a thing you discover. It is there all along; you only need to find out what It is.
We human beings are alike in fundamental ways and we share a set of common characteristics. All of us have a Universal Purpose – to use our talents, skills, and abilities to be of Service to the world. At the same time, no two people are exactly alike. And we each have our unique purpose, to do the thing we came here to do, to serve in our own unique way. We are alike in many ways and we are each different from every other person.
Your unique purpose – the thing you came here to do – makes you different from any other person who has ever lived. You brought something with you when you came that makes you uniquely suited to fulfill your purpose. No one else who has ever been born or who will ever be born can fulfill your purpose. If you don’t do it, it won’t get done. Living an Excelerated Life™ is one way to enable yourself to discover and live out your distinct and individual purpose.
The Excelerated Life™ Program
The Excelerated Life™ is a program developed from concepts in Positive Psychology and from coaching models of some of the best known and most respected coaches. As a result, the program allows those who follow its principles and practices to flourish and to live a life of well-being, meaning, purpose and service.
The materials and resources in these pages are intended to help you chart a course for creating your own Excelerated Life™, for discovering (or re-discovering) your Purpose, and for encouraging you to share your unique gifts in Service to the world.
Welcome to your Excelerated Life™!
Fredrickson, Ph.D., Barbara, L. Positivity. New York: Crown Publishing Group, 2009
Seligman, Ph.D., Martin E. P. Flourish. New York: Free Press, 2011
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