On Living

Excelling in life is difficult. Just living life can be difficult at times. You really have to own it. Along my journey I've learned many things to help with daily life. Listen up.

Keep an open mind. Consider all possibilities. Look deep inside yourself. Pray to God every day. Make everything you say simple enough for a 5 year old to understand. Will what you say or write inspire someone to take action? Will it move someone?

Balance mind, body, relationships, and your environment. Stand up straight even if you are looking at your phone. Be aware of what is in front of you. Be an active listener. 

You've got to allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind. Do nothing out of guilt, or for prestige, status, money, or approval alone. Be generous with your words, time, and resources and give credit to others. 

When people try to tell you who are you, don't believe them. Build pockets of stillness in your life. Meditate, go on walks, ride your bike going nowhere in particular. Be disciplined about your sleep and your work. Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity. Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time. Life is like a garden, you plant seeds and watch the flowers blossom many years later.

Here are some thoughts on how to live a better life.

1. Self eval

Check your identity. Take inventory. What's your self evaluation? Describe your best attributes. Write down something in your personal history or background that is a source of pride. Unload some baggage. Live up to your own expectations. Admit mistakes and ask God for forgiveness. Forgive yourself.

2. Create Your Vision

An African Proverb so nicely put 'Not through height does one see the moon'. Who you are is what fulfills you and fulfills the vision you have of the world. What gives meaning and joy to your life? What excites you? What do you look forward to doing more than anything else for the rest of your life? Tap into your imagination.

3. Set Goals.

Write down things you can do that will bring you closer to your goals for personal life, career, and community. Well thought out, good decisions open opportunities. Don't allow yourself to be distracted from the truly important things in your journey. Goals must be meaningful, well defined, exciting, realistic, and fine tuning along the way. Put on blinders and stay focused on your goals.

4. Solve problems.

It was Al Einstein that explained our problems can't be solved at the same level of thinking as we were when we created them.

5. Master the Rules of the Road

Keep focused on the people and principles that are important to you. Be honest. Do the work that is required. Do what you say you will do. Listen without judgement. Pay what you owe when it is due. Act honorably even the face of temptation or criticism. Be a source of strength. Maintain a positive attitude. Take the time to think things through. Look at the big picture.

6. Find Guides

No one makes it alone. Grow your support team. Be the host, not the guest in the relationship. Pay attention to details. Align yourself with common values and expectations. Honor all commitments, both spoken and unspoken, to your mentors and co-workers.

7. Make lists

Put together lifetime, yearly, quarterly, weekly, and daily activity lists. Weekly calendar is great. What do you want to leave behind as your legacy? Don't procrastinate, be proactive!

8. Step into the Outer Limits

Fury is your natural enemy. It will clot your blood, clog your pores, and blind you. Take risks to overcome fear and missed opportunities. Keep faith. Believe. Increase your self awareness so that you are in control of emotions and feelings that may have held you back in the past. Don't feel guilty about saying no. Be curious about life and all it has to offer.

9. Enjoy the journey

Let people know where you stand, loudly and proudly, but never look down upon others. Take well calculated risks by changing your approach. Everyday do something that is truly important in moving you towards your goals.

Commit to Freedom, Truth, Empathy, Acceptance, Peace, Abundance, Wholeness, Forgiveness, Love, and Humility.


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