There are four principles for fulfilling your potential in life: this article is about the fourth principle, take action to improve your life.
There are 3 “marriages” in Life: the marriage with your work, the marriage of love and the marriage with yourself.
We can fulfil our potential in each of these areas by paying attention to 4 key principles:
- Make the most of what is special about you.
- Overcome your inner obstacles to fulfilling your potential.
- Learn to feel the support of Life itself.
- Take action to improve your life.
Take action to improve your life
Your inner psychological and spiritual work is only valuable if you express it in your life.
George Bernard Shaw said
“The reasonable man [and woman] adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself[herself]. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man [and woman].”
We can start to re-orientate our lives around our Life-Calling, our Vision for our Life, skills and values.
There are three essential methods:
- Strategic Planning: Remember the vision for your life you we talked about in Principle 1 (Make the most of what is special about you).How will you know you have had a great life? To achieve this, what are the big milestones on the journey?
To achieve this vision for your life, what do you need to make happen by each of the “big” birthdays of your life?What do you want to have achieved by each of the “big” birthdays of your life? As part of your Life Vision, have the most positive view you can realistically create of how long you will live, and a healthy old age. Do everything you can in your power to be healthy (that’s a whole topic in itself which I can’t deal with here). For me, for example -with a bit of a grin- I imagine being healthy at 110, but hope to have achieved most of my “Life as a Journey” goals by the time I am 80. My parents lived long lives so being healthy at 80 is a realistic goal. So What do I want to achieve by the time I am 70? And 65? Younger people can plan big milestones for their 60th, 50th, 40th, 30th, 20th birthdays. Then you can look in more detail at your 10-year plan, 3-year plan, 1-year plan, and goals for each quarter and each month. Very small achievable goals successfully achieved, build confidence in your ability to change your life and forward momentum.How will you develop yourself this week?
- De-energise old habits by creating new habits: : to create a new habit, make it very small and easy to achieve. For example, I have a 1-minute yoga routine which I am learning to do six days a week. I can ALWAYS find a minute. The goal is only 6 days a week to build in some slack – I don’t have to do it every day. Also, failure is usual on the way to creating a new habit. Don’t give up, but start again. There is a whole curriculum on how to create new habits and how to end bad habits.
- Small SMART Steps: SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-bound. Entrepreneurs try something new by making low risk experiments rather than spending too much time thinking about it. Find a way of trying it out. Then review, and plan the next experiment.
Have regular practices that nourish your soul. Express who you truly are in your personal life more. Live your Life-Calling. Go out and find a community of life-minded friends. Experiment with expressing your Life-Calling more fully at work, even if it is a job that you don’t enjoy any more. Plan to become a master in the area of your Life-Calling
Celebrate the magnificence of being alive.
This fourth principle, “Take action to improve your life”, is key to fulfilling your potential in each of the three marriages: giving your gift the world, creating the personal life you want and in how you nourish and relate to yourself.
This blog is part of a series on the four principles of fulfilling your potential in life. You can read about these principles in the following posts: