Do you spend more time planning your two-week vacation than you spend planning our life?
If you are like most Americans, you probably don’t spend much time planning your life. You are just trying to make it to the weekend.
Do you want more to this life than that?
More To This Life
Back in 1989, Steven Curtis Chapman released the above song, “More To This Life.” While the music is from the late 80’s, the message is timeless.
Many are trying to just “Make the most of your own journey from the cradle to the grave.”
This is no way to live. It’s not a life. It’s an existence.
We need to make a conscious choice to live.
Today I watched in silence as people passed me by,
And I strained to see if there was something hidden in their eyes;
But they all looked back at me as if to say
Life just goes on.
The old familiar story told in different ways,
Make the most of your own journey from the cradle to the grave;
Dream your dreams tomorrow because today
Life must go on.
~ Steven Curtis Chapman,
“More To This Life”
In the 30 years since this was released, the same lyrics could be written today about what is happening in our world.
When we do not act with purpose and intent, we live out the statement by Barton Blaze in “Ghost Rider.”
When you do things without thinking…you ain’t making the choice, the choice is making you.
~Barton Blaze, “Ghost Rider”
3 Questions That Can Radically Change Your Life
To create the life you want to have, you need to take time and plan out the life you want.
If you honestly take time to answer the following 3 questions and live out your answers, you will radically change your life.
What Do I Want To STOP Doing?
We all have bad habits or things that we “know” we need to stop doing.
Are we taking care of our body? As of now, we only have the one we are in until science allows us to have surrogates.
So to take care of our body, we could stop eating highly processed foods. Stop eating more calories than we need. Stop smoking and drinking alcohol to excess. We could stop putting off exercise.
IF we want to improve our finances, we could stop overspending trying to keep up with the Joneses. We could stop paying too much for products or services that we don’t really use.
What Do I Want to START Doing?
If we want to improve our body, we could start exercising and eating less processed foods. We could start parking further away from the building so we can get a little bit more walking in each day.
Financially we could start tracking our spending. After 30 or 60 days of tracking our spending, we could create a budget and start telling our money where to go instead of “going with the flow.”
One way to know where our money is going is to check those recurring subscriptions that are on our debit/credit card that we never pay attention to.
What Do I Want to KEEP Doing?
We do have things we do right. Celebrate those things and acknowledge that they are good and that you will keep doing them.
Maybe you regularly volunteer to help those less fortunate than you. Keep doing that.
Do you regularly have dates with your spouse? Keep doing that and building that relationship.
Make a list of what you doing that is working and keep doing it.
While I’m not going to share everything, I will share one answer for each question.
What Do I Want To STOP Doing?
I’m going to stop living small.
What Do I Want To START Doing?
I am going to improve my mindset by reading books and joining a mastermind.
What Do I Want To KEEP Doing?
I am going to keep helping people create a side hustle and eventually go full-time self-employed with their wisdom, passion, and creativity.
How will you answer these 3 questions?