Wisdom From Those Who Know How To Live A Great Life
Written by: | Monday, July 22nd, 2013
I recently spent time with a coaching client who was absolutely convinced that life, on its best day, was going to be overwhelmingly difficult; that a great life was just a concept. This attitude, as you can imagine, affected every aspect of her work and life. After all, what you think generates your beliefs, which influences your behaviors. You want a tough life, then think that life is tough. As Henry Ford was quoted to have said, “If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
So I shared with her what those who show up to life happy, excited, engaged, passionate and impressed know. They approach life with these four simple steps – observe, assess, act, improve.
Observe. Notice everything. Having a great life – one that connects the best of you to meaningful applications in today’s world – requires information. Tune in to you. Tune in to what you like and don’t like; what you rock at and what you stink at. The quality of your life will be directly related to how you build it around what you are good at, passionate about and what matters to you. So you need to observe yourself to gather this information about who you are. Then expand what you know of your world. The more you observe both you and your world, the more information you have that allows you to move on to the next step, assessing.
Assess. Once you gather information, it is time to do something with it. What does this information tell you about you and your world? What does this information make you think of, what opportunities and possibilities come to mind? Where are the places that let you connect to what is best in you? Where are the opportunities in your world for you to show up happy, engaged and passionate? Those with a critical eye can review the information looking for meaning and importance. Assessment and review takes time but it is the backbone of building meaningful responses in work and in life. Assessing prepares us for the next step, taking action.
Act. For many people, an idea lives on the paper or computer screen it was created on. But for you to use the information you gathered to live a great, healthy and happy life, you need to get your ideas, opportunities and possibilities off the page and into life. This requires action. Take the first step. Try things. See what works and keep doing it. See what doesn’t work and change it. Just keep moving forward. As you act, you have the opportunity to see how to move to your next step – improvement.
Improve. Developing a personal standard of greatness or excellence is a critical component of living an exceptional life. Once acting, they go back to observing and assessing to see how to improve. Constantly focus on improvement – on achieving your standard. If life can be ordinary or extraordinary, why choose ordinary?
These four steps remind us that we own our lives. They also put the control of life back in our hands. Everything we need is in front of us – we just need to observe, assess, act and improve. Mastering these steps prepares us to live a great, healthy and happy life. BTW, this is a great lesson to pass on to our kids…
Great news should always be shared and learning the four simple steps to have a great life is great news. Please share this with someone who can benefit from it. Contact me to learn how the Greatness Zone programs and life coaching can help you show up passionately connected to your work and life.