Your Amazing Life
Have you ever stopped to consider what actually makes up your life? I understand it’s a loaded question, because your life is many things, but give it only ten seconds of thinking and throw some answers down.
Do not be afraid of what your answers might be, because, as you can imagine, there are at least a gazillion of them. And here’s the kicker: almost every single one of them is true for the person who answers the question. But is there an absolute answer? An ultimate truth that should pop up in everyone’s mind?
I believe there isn’t. Hear me out.
Life, for every individual, including you, is way too complex to be captured in a bullet-pointed list or even in a few paragraphs. You can try to do it, and as you do you’ll see each line expand and grow like the tentacles of a crazy Hydra spawning ten times faster than you can even count.
That’s because life is darn complicated. Try to simplify it too much, and you kill the essence of it. Yes, having focus is excellent—we’ll get to that later—but I’m not talking about a narrow view right now. I’m talking about life as a whole. It’s virtually impossible to capture on a page, no matter how simple you think your life might be. So, “what the heck do you want from me?” you might say.
Well, here’s the kicker: no matter how complicated your life is, there are three dimensions wherein you can classify every single aspect of it, no matter how large, complex, or difficult it may seem. Here they are:
- Who are you?
- Who you want to be?
- What do you do?
That’s it; just think about it. Today is your present. Everything that’s in your past has brought you to where you are today. We’ll go through several exercises later that will prove to you that, in fact, everything that happened to you in the past didn’t just happen. It was you all along. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Look at the three points above and realize that every single thing in your life today can go into one of those boxes. Some fit into more than one, of course. For instance, your behavior results from who you are, but because your behavior depends on context, it’s also influenced by what you do, which depends on who you want to be.
No matter how hard you try to find something that doesn’t match one of these categories, you’ll still be able to fit it in there. But why is it important?
You see, in today’s world, there’s a constant avalanche of achievement-ism bombarding us from every which direction. That is a word I made up on the spot, and I define it as the constant pressure that society puts on us to achieve “things” and figure out ways to call ourselves achievers. Goal-setting, habit-forming, rituals, task completion—you’ve all heard them. What is the common denominator for these?
The answer is action. Action drives all of them. Although there cannot be any effective action without thinking, analysis, and reflection, just visualizing your goals and accomplishments is not enough. You actually have to undertake them.
And this is where most things break apart, because you haven’t taken the time to go through points 1) and 2). Without knowing who you are, in other words, your resources, you won’t be able to take the right actions. Without knowing who you want to be, you’ll make the wrong (or at least haphazard) decisions. That’s because there cannot be an overall strategy for war without adequate resources and a proper plan of attack.
And, believe me, with personal development, it’s wartime! It’s more than war. It’s a lifelong battle that you can only win if you approach it the right way and start today. There is no better time to start, because time moves forward, and tomorrow will be your new today. Everything will shift by one day, and you’ll be in the same spot mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually unless you leap in faith into designing your life with intent.
I can speak to this because I’ve gone through it in thick and thin. I’m far from finished with this process. As a matter of fact, while writing this material, I had several new self-reflection sessions that revealed brand new things I hadn’t even seen in the past. This process is never-ending, or at least, so it seems for me. All I hope to achieve in creating this program is that I will have inspired you to start your own journey and follow it through. There will be victories and failures. Embrace them all, as they are both necessary.
Now, let’s look at each of the three components of this program to understand what they are, and then we’ll dive into how they connect in order to build toward one powerful journey for you.
Discovery Voyage — Shining A Light On Who You Are
If I ask you who you are, I’m sure you have a quick answer. You might say, mother, father, accountant, human, or chef extraordinaire. There are as many answers as there are people. But that one particular answer that came out of you in the blink of an eye, that one answer is just one thing. It’s the thing that is on your mind right now.
You are not only that; you are many things, and there are many interconnected layers that overlap to create the fabric of you.
The things that are important to you, or your values, are at the base of your behavior. They drive your attitudes and your desires.
Your beliefs, whether empowering or limiting, either set boundaries on what you may or may not do, or free you from any kind of mental shackles.
Then there are your skills, your strengths, your weaknesses, and your passions.
These are all an integral part of who you are.
But why is that important? It’s critical simply because there is always a gap between who you are and who you want to be. Until you know that gap, it’s tough, if not impossible, to envision a journey from point A to point B. Much like your car’s GPS needs an ending point and a starting point, so do you.
It’s tempting to jump straight into action, or take a shortcut by deciding what you want and who you want to be before you do the work of self-discovery. I am here to tell you it’s the wrong approach. I tried it, and I failed miserably, finding myself in a worse place than before.
Without a proper understanding of your situation today, you won’t be able to slay your demons. You must pull them to the surface and face them head-on.
This is what the first leg of this journey will do for you. It will map who you are and provide you with a platform for reflection and self-analysis.
To learn more about the Discovery process, follow the Journey Map below or jump right into the Discovery Voyage – Shining a Light on Who You Are.
Creation Voyage — A Path To The Best Version Of You
Discovering who you are is a vital step in your personal development, but that’s only the beginning. You see, many people stop at that: they do a thorough self-discovery, and once they have the epiphany, they jump into action. That’s another mistake I personally made, and it cost me a lot. It’s not unfathomable, though. When you live a life with very little or no self-reflection-like I did-and have one tiny epiphany, it’s very tempting to think you have penetrated the ice and now the sky’s the limit, and then leap into action.
But there’s a disconnect there. Action to achieve what? Maybe you have some idea about something specific that you want, or wish to accomplish, and you jump to attack that, equipped with a new awareness of your powers.
That’s an ephemeral road. You might get somewhere and see some positive effects, but I am not interested here in yo-yo results. I’m not interested in one thing only, or in short-term accomplishments. Only much later on in my voyage did I realize that the focus must be on a pathway to a lifelong journey filled with positive results and achievements. No short-term gratification, but long-term, sustainable results.
You cannot tread this intricate journey unless you define your point B: where you want to go. What do you want? Or, better said, who do you want to become?
The creation process involves defining your life vision and then unpacking that vision into its smaller parts, applying each to the various aspects of your life.
Your vision is just one piece of the puzzle. Together with it comes your purpose, or the proverbial why everyone is talking about. And linked with both in a tight connection is your life’s mission.
I know it sounds scary: if you are like me, reading this from your chair, you might shake your head. Mission? Me? Nooooo! But trust me. You have a mission. You execute your mission every day, whether you realize it or not. The only difference is that it might not be the mission that you want or need. It could be a mission that someone else handed to you.
That’s the part you want to change. The creation section of your journey is one of the most satisfying of all because you get to decide; you get to create you in the future.
To learn more about the Creation process, follow the Journey Map below or skip right to the Creation Voyage – A Path To The Best Version of You.
Action Voyage — Consistent, Massive Action Toward Your Dreams
To paraphrase Tony Robbins, vision without action is a delusion. I cannot agree more. You can work hard to discover who you are, and work even harder to define who you want to be and what you want to accomplish, but if it all stops there, it was a pointless exercise.
Everyone, myself included, struggles with action. It’s easy to live inside your mind and to think and imagine a potential course of action. Dreaming and wishing are things we all do every day. We fantasize and we chat about those fantasies with our buddies. And that’s all fine; but if all you do is think and talk, you will never achieve the life you want—the life you deserve. Not by a long stretch.
This journey won’t let you become an armchair professor. You won’t be writing a thesis on the perfect you here. Not at all. By following the guides in this journey, you will not only step out of the academics of your own life, but you will immediately start putting massive action behind your goals and dreams.
Massive action will lead to exponential results. By following the Discovery Voyage, you’ll understand who you are and what your resources and shortcomings are. By going then on the Creation Voyage, you’ll know who you want to be and what you want to accomplish.
The last leg of your journey is action: deliberate, consistent, disciplined, persistent action. You will track your results in real-time, make adjustments as needed, and soon enough, those goals and dreams will turn into reality.
Soon, you will become the person you have designed. You will take gigantic steps toward your vision, and that is the same as reaching up for the stars.
To learn more about the Action process, follow the Journey Map below or skip right to the Action Voyage – Consistent, Massive Action Toward Your Dreams.
Here’s Your Ticket
Thank you for reading so far. That was just the beginning, just a mere teaser of what’s coming. From here on, I will be on this journey with you. The worksheets I’ve designed will be your maps and guides throughout this journey. I’m also available to answer your questions and advise as needed.
But first, give it a shot. Start with the first leg of this voyage: Discovery Voyage — Shining A Light On Who You Are.
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