What A Perfect Day Looks Like

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A wise man once said: To live a life of achievement and fulfillment your days would be broken into three parts.  Every 24 hours would encompass 8 hours of work, 8 hours of play and 8 hours of sleep.With my new year unfolding before me I am finding this to be true.  As I reflected on the several years past I found myself asking the same question over & over…

“How is it that I never achieved that?” 

One example of this is clearly graphed on my Medifast goal page.  For two years my goal has been to achieve a body weight of 140 lbs.  How is it that I never achieved that in all this time?  The answer came as I reflected on my daily agenda.  My intentions were there in BIG BOLD LETTERS!  Monday through Friday from 7:00 to 8:00 AM it says WORK OUT  yet the action item to insure success was completed only about 9% of the time.

As I pondered this I realized the problem.  This task was created based on a goal in my mind but that goal was never connected to a purpose.  With no purpose in sight, there was committment to the goal or the task.  WOW!  Now I get it!

Realizing this I immediately began to question myself.  Why do you want to work out?  I quickly realized that I don’t want to, but I need to!  This past year has presented some health issues that I’ve not known prior.  What those issues taught me is that if I am to be emotionally and spiritually healthy, I must be physically healthy.   I mean really, have you ever felt really engaged, productive and focused when you were sick?

In this new awareness I wrote out a paragraph of what my “perfect” life looked like.  I set my goals in order of importance in the following categories.

#1 – Spiritual Health                                                                                                         #2 – Physical Health                                                                                                         #3 – Financial Health                                                                                                         #4 – Professional Health

Since my spiritual wellbeing was of highest importance to me I immediately time-blocked into each day time for spiritual worship and time with family and friends.  I then set about blocking one hour a day for my workout (this time six days a week!)  The difference being, now the work outs are tied to several purposes.

1.  Looking great for my upcoming trip to Maui!                                                              2.  Staying healthy to avoid those nasty health issues I experienced in 2012.  3.  Probably the biggest purpose for staying physically & spiritually healthy is so I am able to make a contribution in the lives of the people within my sphere instead of a withdraw.

Feeling tired, sick and needy all the time is a horrible place to live!

My top priorities had been accommodated after time blocking the daily action items necessary to keep me spiritually & physically healthy.  I then was able to move on and time-block my professional and financial goals.

Having a clear view of my daily agenda and looking at it last night before I went to bed was so exciting to me that I woke up before the alarm went off!  I just couldn’t wait to get to do my blog today!  (But that wasn’t going to happen until 2:00 PM.  So here I am finally and I’ve looked forward to it all day!

I think this is what Jack Canfield is talking about when he talks about happiness is living a life by design!

My first Jazzercise class is at 4:30… I’ll let you know how it goes.

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

P.S.  If you haven’t read Jack’s book – The Success Principles you really should. It’s on my recommended reading list.  LIFE CHANGING!

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