“You can have anything you want, but you can’t have everything you want.” ~ Peter McWilliams A big reason why you can’t have everything? You just don’t have time.TheExceleratedLife.com
I have some important news for you: You are not going to live forever. So if you are not creating the life you want to live, wake up! You need to start . . . now.
Examine the different areas of your life. There are several different ways to describe the key areas — one is not better than another, use the one that makes the most sense for you. If you don’t have a way now, here are a few suggestions:
Use the 10 Pillars of a Balanced Life
Or use the Life Balance Wheel
You could use these categories from positive psychologist Robert Biswas-Diener: Family, Financial, Intimacy, Learning/Growth, Physical, Play/Fun, Professional, Social Support, Spiritual [Biswas-Diener, Dean]
Or these from life management guru, the late Hyrum W. Smith: To live, To love and be loved, To experience variety, To feel important [Smith]
Which one you use isn’t as important as that you have a way to look at the various areas of your life. You may have your own original categories and that is perfectly OK.
Now that you have a way to categorize the different aspects of your life, think about where you are in each area. How satisfied are you with your life in that area? Give it a score from 1 to 10, where 1 means you are utterly dissatisfied with that area and 10 means you are completely satisfied. Go through and score each area now.
Are there areas where your satisfaction score is low, say less than 7? What can you do to increase your score in these areas? Aim for a 7 or 8 in each area. Reaching for a 7 or 8 in most of the areas assures you aren’t neglecting any one of them.
Focus On One Area
Then, pick one area — only 1 — and set a goal to reach a score of 10 in that area. Concentrate the majority of your time and effort in excelling in the area you’ve chosen. “You can have anything, but you can’t have everything.” Use your limited resource of time in the area that is most important to you.
In our society, Death is a taboo subject – we don’t like to talk about it and we don’t want to think about it. But death is inevitable. You are not going to live forever, at least in your current physical manifestation.
This life is limited. Yet we go for days, weeks, months, and even years in a state of unawareness. Suddenly, we look around one day and wonder where did the time go? And what do we have to show for the time we’ve been shuffling through?
Wake up! Time is a limited resource. Choose what you want to use your limited time for and start living. Embrace your Excelerated Life™! Today.
Excelerated Focus™ — aligning your actions with your true desires — is one step in creating your Excelerated Life™, a life of flourishing and well-being, and a life of meaning, purpose, and service.
Biswas-Diener, Robert and Ben Dean. Positive Psychology Coaching. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2007.
Smith, Hyrum W. The 10 Natural Laws Of Successful Time And Live Management. New York: Warner Books, Inc., 1994.