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How to Quantify the True Success of Your Life

What is a successful life? What gives your life the most fulfillment?

Answering these questions forces you to identify key outcomes and set goals to attain these outcomes. What does your life look like if you’re living it to your fullest?

The answers – as well as the associated outcomes and goals – are different for each of us. However, one thing remains the same for all. Goals need to be S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound). In essence, a good goal is one that’s quantifiable.

And just like a goal, your current life needs to be equally quantifiable. Through the measurement of your present, you’re able to better understand yourself and where you need to focus your goals. It helps you identify areas of your life that need improvement. This is key. You can’t live your ideal life and set effective goals if you don’t understand how to get better.CONTINUE READING

The Most Effective Tools for Life Automation

Life is made up of component parts. Specifically, your life is comprised of eight specific areas, known to as your “areas of focus.” The eight areas of your life are: relationship, time, financial, career, physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional.

These eight areas are all interconnected. Forget to nurture one and the others will suffer. If you lose focus on your physical health, for example, it harms your mental and emotional well-being. Placing too much attention on the financial area of your life causes your relationships lose value.

Sometimes it feels like we’re juggling eight balls without any hope of catching them all. This is normal. Still, it doesn’t give us an excuse to neglect any one area, which means we have to be smarter about our approach to our lives and its component parts.

Rather than relying on yourself, a life well lived is one that’s automated. People who live fulfilling lives do so in a systematic way.CONTINUE READING

Time Allocation: The Delicate Art of Saying No vs. Saying Yes

Time allocation is the act of dividing your daily, weekly, and monthly hours between different sets of activities. Typically, a person has constraints around their time, such as work, the needs of family and friends, and vacation days. Effective time allocation works around these constraints in order to achieve a person’s ultimate goals and desires.

However, there’s an issue with time in that there are only 24 hours in a day. This forces people to allocate a limited number of hours between personal time, family and friends time, and work time. However, a person’s time allocation often skews more towards work than towards personal time and/or time spent with friends and family.

The result is that people spend a disproportionate amount of time trying to make money. They think that “effective time allocation” means putting more money in the bank. This isn’t true. In fact, greater current and future value can be yielded from other activities.→ CONTINUE READING

Decision-Making Process: An In-Depth Guide on How to Make Better Decisions

“Decision-making process” is the act of gathering relevant information in order to choose the best decision based on a set of available options. A good decision-making process is a step-by-step approach that allows a person to make consistently better decisions. The result of these better decisions is a life with less stress and more happiness.

Sadly, however, few of us actually have a concrete decision-making process. Instead, we make decisions on a whim and often by the seat of our pants. This can make life increasingly harder for yourself since you’ll often find yourself in situations you didn’t actually want. So, how can we use our decision-making process to make better decisions? The answer lies in the process you use and the information you collect.

What is the Best Decision-Making Process?

The best decision-making process is one that starts with a broad hypothesis and ends with a firm decision. Good decision-making processes help you make better decisions by accurately assessing all the available information.→ CONTINUE READING

How to Find a Job You Love: A Step-by-Step Guide on Finding Your Passion

One of the most important questions in life is that of “how to find a job you love?” Unfortunately, many of us never even pose this inquiry, let alone answer it and actually find a job we enjoy. Instead, we graduate with a practical major and begin working in a practical career, all without ever wondering what we actually want to do with their lives.

This, of course, ends up hurting us more than we think. Each day, month, and year we spend working on a job we’re not in love with takes us further and further away from a career we might actually enjoy. Because while you’re racking up experience in an industry you hate, others are racking up experience in an industry you’d love.

And so after a few years, you tell yourself that you could never start or switch careers, because “you don’t have the experience.” Well, I’m here to tell you that you’re wrong.→ CONTINUE READING

This is the Best Way to Improve Your Life

This is a syndicated post originally written for The Life OS, one of my self-development clients.

People are constantly searching for an edge. In the competitive world we live in, the difference between “good” and “great” is like night and day. Those who work hard on consistent improvement often outlast those who neglect personal development.

It’s not necessarily that the most talented people win. Rather, it’s a case of dedicated people making lasting improvements in their lives that result in a better and more fulfilling life-situation. Plus, you only ever “win” at life if you’re happy. So in reality, you’re only playing the game of life against yourself.

Doesn’t it make sense, then, that if you’re only playing against yourself, you should work on improving your life in areas that result in greater happiness and fulfillment? Only then do you “win.”

Trust me, it makes perfect sense.

Build, Measure, Learn Feedback Loop

If you’re committed to improving your life, the question then becomes: What’s the best way to do that?→ CONTINUE READING

Five Ways to Measure the Quality of Your Life

How important is self-improvement to you? If you’re someone who believes a successful life is filled with continuous growth and learning, to you, self-improvement is important. And since you’re here reading this, I think it’s safe to assume that you, as well as I, view self-improvement as a priority.

Consistent improvement allows you to achieve your goals, find success, and realize happiness in your life. Self-improvement gives your life purpose and meaning and is always something to strive for. One thing I’ve noticed, however, is that when we focus on self-improvement, sometimes we end up feeling like our current life lacks quality. It’s almost as if we are so focused on future greatness that we become unhappy with our current situation.

We become so intent on being better tomorrow that we forget to be satisfied today.

As important as continuous self-improvement is, it’s always important to take a step back and measure the current quality of our lives.→ CONTINUE READING

How to Deal with The Anxiety of Increasingly Less Time in Your Life

With my 30th birthday fast approaching (well, approaching as in I just turned 29), it’s hard not to think about time.

The time you’ve had, the time you’re having, and the amount of time you have left in the future.

And at the tender age of 29, I can only imagine how much one thinks about time when they’re 40, 50, and even sixty.

Because I remember when I was 18, and 22, and all the other ages I was before I became “conscious,” which, to me, represents the moment I realized that I wasn’t immortal and that my life-path was up to me and me alone. Success wasn’t guaranteed. I was 25.

Every year prior to that paradigm-shifting moment, I lived my life on impulse and emotion. I was unaware of the passage of time in that I didn’t realize how nonrenewable it was. I was going to live forever (obviously), so who cared if I dicked around for a year or five?→ CONTINUE READING

What to Do When You Haven’t Found Your “Thing” in Life

So I turned 29 last week. Yes, some of you might think that sounds old, while others probably think of me as a baby.

I think I fall somewhere in between…Haven’t figured out how I feel about exiting my 20s yet.

But 30 is right around the corner, well, in 12 months, at least.

Time marches forward and there’s nothing we can do about it. We can’t buy back time, and we can’t stop it from depleting. It’s truly our only non-renewable resource.

Which got me thinking.

How can we maximize the time we have? How can we find our life’s purpose and ignite our passion? Does life even have a purpose?

Ultimately, how can we find “the thing” that creates true joy in our lives? I’m taking answers, please.

The Point of a Fulfilling Life

Depending on who you ask, you’ll be told that life is either pointless or has a very obvious point.→ CONTINUE READING

The Most Important Aspect of a Decision is Action

This is a syndicated post originally written on the Success Story platform

 This is the evolution of a dream:

1. A dream is implanted in the brain of a dreamer
2. The dreamer becomes thrilled with the dream
3. The dreamer then becomes terrified of the dream
4.Then one of two things happen:
a. The terrified dreamer is scared into inaction, the fear becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and the dream is considered unrealistic.
– or –
b. The terrified dreamer leans into the fear and takes action on the dream; the terror is found to be hollow and the dream becomes reality.

The point is that any dream worth pursuing is going to be both thrilling and scary. What if you fail? What if you succeed? What if the end result isn’t what you envisioned? What if it’s exactly as you envisioned?

The funny thing is that the answer to each of those four questions can interchangeably be thrilling or scary.