As I mentioned in How to Conquer the World without Feeling Stressed or Overwhelmed the key to being fulfilled and stress free is to make sure you are spending time on all the major areas in your life. Typically, they consist of 6 main areas for most people:
- Physical and Health
- Emotional Mastery
- Relationships (Intimate, Family, Friends/social)
However, if you have lost that balance, how do you quickly regain it? When we are reactive we are rushing to put out the fires that have developed in our lives. Once we have that area handled we realize during that process another area has been suffering, so we rush to fix that area which creates a never ending cycle. In a worst case scenario a sense of learned helplessness can develop.
The Wheel of Life
A great metaphor I first heard from Anthony Robbins is the concept of the Wheel of Life. Read More
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These are the goal setting techniques I learned early in life that have been instrumental in helping me to develop the passion to live life to the fullest. I was first exposed to goal setting when I was 18 and a friend introduced me to multilevel marketing. “You get two friends and they get two friends and they all get two friends… and we all make money.” While personally I am not really fond of that business model, my experience with MLM companies taught me how to dream big.
Later I really honed my goal setting process from people like Stephen Covey, Anthony Robbins and Napoleon Hill.
Brainstorm your goals
I break my goals down into different categories:
- Personal Development Goals – anything I want to learn or improve.
- Thing Goals – anything I want to do or experience.
- Financial Goals – how much to want to earn (monthly, yearly), contribute, budget, invest, save, pay off debts and loans, put towards a house, retirement, etc.
- Company Goals – individual goals and milestones for my companies, including financial, product development, number of clients, etc.
I normally play some music and just start writing non-stop on anything I can think of in each category. I do each one individually for about 5 minutes each. I don’t limit myself or try to be realistic during this process.
Set a time line when you want to achieve the goal
After I brainstorm each category, I place a time limit when I want to accomplish the goal.
- 1: within one year or less
- 3: 3 years or less
- 5: 5 years or less
- 10: 10 years or less
- 20: 20 years or less
99% of my goals tend to be within the 1-5 year plan currently.
Choose your top one year goals in each category
Next, I decide which are the top 3 or 4 one year goals in each category and write a paragraph next to each goal on why it is an absolute must for me to achieve and what I will lose in life by not following through and going for it. The more detailed you are with your goal and why you must achieve it, the higher the level of drive you will have to take action.
You should now have 10-12 exciting goals! Read More
Music is such a powerful force in our lives – there is a song for virtually every situation and emotion in life: happiness, sadness, determination, anger, power, ambition, and even what if feels like when a guy’s girlfriend cheats steals his truck and runs over his dog.
The music we listen to has a strong impact on our mood and perception. When a person listens to sad heartbreak songs after a breakup he or she can get a sense of empathy, however while it can help with the healing process initially, if the person keeps listening to those songs there can be a danger of depression, despair and hopelessness.
“Music is what feelings sound like”
By selecting the music we listen to consciously, we can enhance the emotions and feelings that will serve us. For example, below is my workout / motivational song playlist. I listen to it when I need to get energized, want to go hard in the gym or just want to get pumped up with more confidence, drive and focus. It really spurs me to take action.
You’ll notice that some songs aren’t actually positive either – that is okay. You can take that raw energy and convert it into something that supports you. Remember negative emotions and fear of loss can propel you to take action towards your goals as well. So use them to your advantage instead of avoiding them all together. All emotions we experience are here to assist us – we just have to make sure we control them and not the other way around.
This playlist changes and will be updated often as I find new songs to add or get tired of older ones. Enjoy! Share what songs motivate you in the comments section.