“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” — Socrates
Sometimes life gets complicated.
Sometimes it feels like things are just…off.
It seems the longer we leave orderly processes unattended, the more they tend toward disorder.
It is then that we look up and realize that we have drifted into distant waters, far away from where we intended to be.
It takes a lot of work to get back to shore — a lot of determination, and most of all — FOCUS.
Do you find you ever:
These behaviors or desires are all symptomatic of a greater force — the need to realign ourselves to timeless, healthful principles — we call this ‘life-in-alignment’ a Level 1 Life™.
Your Level 1 Life is defined by you, and is an expression of your most fulfilled self. Level 1 represents basic, simple truth in six key areas, which we call Focus Factors:
FAITH — FAMILY — FINANCE — FOOD — FITNESS — FUN
Living a Level 1 Life is a decluttered, stripped-down, simple and substance free way to live. The closer we align ourselves with what we know to be timeless, principle-centered truth, the more peaceful we become — despite life’s obstacles!
For those with a walk in faith, many principles can be found in sacred texts and teachings. Whether you’re religious or not, here are some examples of principles that you can adopt throughout the process to become more aligned:
Daily exercise (walking, running, weightlifting, body-weight exercise) is essential for a long, healthy life. The food that I decide to ingest will be reflective of the respect I have for my temple, and will serve greater purposes that just emotional satisfaction. I will enjoy eating sustainable food and drink because I know it is nourishing my body, my mind, and my soul.
In loving my family and friends well, I will live by the golden rule. I understand that I am here to serve them, not the other way around. I will model the behavior I want to see in my children, and start every day with the question — ‘what can i do for my spouse,’ not ‘what can she/he do for me?’
I can’t take money with me when i’m gone. I will spend, give, and save money for a purpose. These purposes include: securing my families’ future, leaving a legacy to my children of not just money, but also the ability to manage money well, giving to charities and causes that are in line with my principles, and having fun while I am at it!
Originally from Ecclesiastes, this principle describes my approach to enjoying life in a healthy, sustainable way. I will even seek fun in my work, seeing the ability to work and provide as a privilege afforded me every day.
I will find the old paths where the good way it, and walk on them. I will pray often, and understand that there are certain things I cannot control. These things, such as being hurt or hurting others in the past, are things I cannot change in the present. However, I can seek forgiveness and learn from my mistakes. I will not disparage or tear down others for their beliefs, but instead focus on my individual journey. Love will be at the center of the decisions I make, the causes I support, and the behavior I engage in.
“The personal power that comes from principle-centered living is the power of a self-aware, knowledgeable, proactive individual, unrestricted by the attitudes, behaviors, and actions of others or by many of the circumstances and environmental influences that limit other people.” — Stephen Covey
The good news is that transitioning to a principle centered life makes decision-making in tough times easier! The other good news is that most people instinctively know how it feels to be balanced vs. off-balance:
Of course, if you are facing issues that require the services of a professional — make it a part of your plan to reach out!
STEP 1: Through meditation, focused thought, information gathering, and sound counsel, identify the principles by which you will live from now on in each of the focus factor areas. Write them down.
STEP 2: Fill out the Focus Factor Self-Assessment Tool™ — it only takes a minute, do it now — we’ll wait!
STEP 3: Each day, take realistic steps — stick to the daily goal you wrote down in the areas that needed focus based on your assessment.
STEP 4: Zig Ziglar said “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.” Visit the www.level1life.com for daily motivation.
For even more mojo, check out the Level 1 Life Recommended Reading List.
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Originally published at level1life.com on February 19, 2017.
Authors at Level1Life.com may not be licensed providers of specific investment, tax, legal, nutritional, or medical advice. Seek professional counsel in any of these areas to make your plan as specific and relevant to your situation as possible!
Originally published at medium.com