Every one of us has been guilty of stress, worry, and anxiety at some point in our lives. Whether you’re stressing about upcoming bills, relationships, or business dealings, the additional burden that you put on yourself has never had any real positive impact on addressing those concerns. Instead of projecting your thoughts into the future in a negative way, people must learn to use their will to focus on the present. By thinking in the present, you could work on an action plan to prevent the concerns at hand, thus changing your future positively in an effort to lead an extraordinary life.
To me, one of the most important things that people could do is to periodically conduct an honest review with yourself. Please note that the goal is not to judge yourself but to analyze your current situation and reality. During this period, you should review how you’re doing in the major areas of your life: career; finance; relationships; health and fitness; spiritual. If you’re not completely satisfied, then it’s time to work on developing an action plan as part of the road-map to get you where you want to be in life. Remember, the objective is not to beat yourself up about certain things because that’s counterproductive.
Personally, I conduct an honest review with myself on an annual basis. Once completed, I develop an action plan with timelines for achieving my goals and objectives for the remainder of the year. Every 3 months, or quarter, I would do a quick check to ensure that I am on-track for achieving those goals listed. If I’m not on-track, I’ll make the necessary adjustments.
Basically, I use a 3 step system that involves awareness, responsibility, and communication. By being aware of your essential purpose for existing, you could confirm that the choices that you’re making are aligned with that purpose, thus increasing your odds for success. With awareness, people could determine if their beliefs, habits, including attitudes and behavior, are aligned with what they want to achieve out of life. Doing so would assist with providing you with a clearer picture of who you are, what you want to be, along with determining if you’re on-track to reaching your ultimate goals in life.
Once you’ve completed the awareness process, the next step is to take full responsibility to improve on your current living conditions. To start, you must create a detailed action plan that includes timelines of certain actions that will help you become the person that you want to be in the future. Rather than blaming others for your current reality, you need to be in the driver’s seat for your own life and take control of your final destination to success. By being responsible, you’ll become more empowered and realize that your self-respect will gradually increase as you progress towards completing your action plan(s) in a timely manner.
Last, but not least, is communication. For those unaware, communication is an important part of leading an extraordinary life. If you’ve taken the time to analyze your surroundings, you’ll realize that some of life’s most important results stem from effective communication. If people communicate professionally, honestly, and with passion, it’ll assist them in creating powerful relationships with others, thus accomplishing more in life. As the old adage goes…”ask and you shall receive.” What the adage doesn’t highlight is that you must ask in an articulate manner in order for people to understand your needs and vision and this is only accomplished by mastering the art of communication.
In the end, people must not dwell in the past. Instead, learn from the past, think in the present, and you’ll notice that your future will surely change if you take the necessary steps highlighted above. All you would need to do is conduct an honest review with yourself, complete the 3 steps mentioned above, and understand your purpose for living. By having a clear vision and effective action plan, you’ll begin to realize that anyone can lead an extraordinary life with the right formula in place and through key actions.
So take the driver’s seat and start planning your extraordinary life today!