Life Lessons for an Improved Standard of Living Life
Having one of those thoughtful moments about the quality of people in our world today. I have read Brian Tracy’s wonderful book – “Something For Nothing” which I believe was one of his best works of writing. Maybe because knowing Brian as I do, he was very authentic in sharing his thoughts and ideas in this book.
But back to the purpose of this writing – Life Lessons for an Improved Standard of Living Life. While my thoughts have moved past the initial thoughts of relating Standard of Living to a certain amount of money or income level – my focus is upon the idea of Living Life well.
There are numerous ways to relate the Living Life agenda – and yes, some want to focus upon money or income as they measuring stick. However, I would prefer to take it the level of choices we make – daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. The choices we make create our world of reality.
So let’s look at three specific Life Lessons as we think about how these impact the choices we make.
The Three Life Lessons of Choice…
- Instant Gratification or Long Term Success
This is one of the most frustrating issues to deal with in one’s life. What to do now? Take the satisfaction of the moment or use discipline to go in another direction for doing what has a longer term impact or effect? The vast majority of people appear to take the quick and easy path, and then compliant about their lifestyles or other issues. People who understand the importance of discipline in their lives make different choices – knowing it will require more effort to accomplish in the short term, yet, they feel better about life for taking the path they choose. Think about and reflect upon your current level of choices – short term focus or long term focused? Instant Gratification has lead to life full of over-weight people, under funded retirees, and in some cases a life of crime or depression. Take the high road in life and make the “right” choices for your long term benefit. These are the people who are fit (based upon what they eat and how they exercise); stable financially (always putting something anyway in savings or investments, the ability to live life on something other than Social Security or working until they cannot work any more) to living their lives as role models for others – kids, grand kids, and peers. Enjoy the good life with a longer term point of view.
- Accountability for Your Actions
It appears in our society of “who to Blame” or “Who did it?” – It’s Not My Fault!, our lives are getting dull to everyone feeling they must be “Politically Correct” all the time. The truth is people make choices everyday without taking thinking about the impact on others or themselves. The reality is there are both possible positive and negative consequences for our actions. If you feel you are always a victim – no matter what you have done to create the situation – then I believe there is a lack of accountability occurring.
An interesting point about the Accountability factor is the influence of Emotions on our ability to think clearly. Emotions create an energy charged environment and often overtake our rational mind. Is this an excuse for poor choices? No, it is not, yet, many people use this an excuse for their actions – usually leading to a he said, she said situation whereby there is no accountability for actions. Yet, people make choices everyday to avoid or walk away from emotional situations rather than become suckered into some negative consequence exchange. Again, think about it before reacting and respond appropriately.
- Handling Adversity and Pressure
This last point of choice is how we handle adversity. Adversity seems to be the challenge of the moment with all the depressing economic news and lack of true leadership in many areas of our life. Yet, our true character comes from how we handle the adversity of the moment. Do we cry foul and point our fingers at others looking for someone to blame? Or, do we begin to think about what is going on and how can “I” improve the situation? What do “I” need to do from this point on to improve my life. When you really think about it, this is a true to life – life lesson being handed to you. Your job is to think and make a better choice. We all have adversity in our face at some point in our lives – the true test of character is your choice. Live life to the degree of what you can and want to create and it can happen – one choice at a time.
There you have my thoughts on the Three Life Lessons of Choice. How are you dealing with these choices today. Should you change the direction of your choices – it can mean the difference between an enriching life experience and a troubled always behind the eight ball experience. Here’s the cool thing – It’s all about Your Choices.
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