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!