I have yet to meet a person who wouldn’t like to improve some part of his/her life.
Here’s the irony…YOU CAN’T IMPROVE YOUR LIFE.
However, you can always improve yourself, which in turn will improve your life.
So, what is the process of self-improvement?
If you were to do a survey you might get answers such as, learn goal setting or get better at time management or become more organized.
All seem quite reasonable until you dig a little deeper.
First, time management is an oxymoron. You can’t manage time. Time is a measurement system. Can you manage a yard or a mile or a gallon? Albert Einstein said, “Time has no independent existence of its own, it is merely the way man measures the events of his life one after the other.”
Managing your events? So, maybe getting better at organizing events is the answer. The next logical question would be, “What events should I leave in my schedule and what should I take out?” or “Which events should I do first and second and so on?”
That sounds like goal setting.
The problem with setting random goals is they are often in conflict with one another. This creates stress; frustration and can eventually diminish one’s ambition because of the energy drain it causes.
All of these problems can be avoided with three simple steps.
So, come down off the ledge, take a deep breath and exhale the anxiety.
I’ll explain by way of example.
Let’s say you wanted to live in a castle, here are the three steps it would take:
1. Get a crystal clear picture in your mind, in enough detail for your architect to draft plans.
2. It is the architect’s job to turn your vision into blueprints. The difference between the Dream/Vision and the Blueprint is that the Blueprint has specifications that are measurable. It has a Bill of Materials, which explains the resources that are required, and the syntax, which, is the order and sequence of events.
3. The Master Builder would then take those Blueprints and create and Action Plans for the crew. If the Master Builder and his crew put stones in the walls of the castle according to the Blueprint every day, they couldn’t help but end up with a castle.
Not surprisingly, the process is exactly the same for building the life of your Dreams:
1. Create of Vision of exactly way you want your life
2. Create a Life Plan, your Blueprints
3. Create Projects/Action Plans to close the gap between where you are and where you want to be
All there is left to do is Live the Dream.