This is a photo I took at my local book store the other day. I didn’t count how many magazines were on the stand, but as you can see, quite a few. Filled with articles upon articles all wanting to be read by you and I the consumer. Companies have added hundreds of advertisements to pitch their products to us, and so much more. As I walked by the stand, I could hear each magazine screaming “Buy me, buy me, buy me!”
Everywhere we go we are being bombarded with a thousand choices. Choices that will either enhance our lives or waste our time. With the limited time, energy, and focus we each have, how do we manage our time and make better choices. Choices that will impact your life for the better in positive ways.
When we break down our lives there are about five key areas that we need to focus on and manage. They are faith, freedom, family, focus, and finances, these are the areas that govern our lives and when managed correctly can produce a harmonious life.
Let’s look at each area briefly, then I will share with you a few tips on how to make better choices to get the needed development in each area.
Faith is the spiritual area that we all need to feed and develop. This directly speaks to your inner man, the spiritual part of you. We are tri-part beings, spirit, soul and body and each needs to be attended to.
Freedom speaks to what lifestyle you choose to live. This is a serious area that you need to give thought to and make the necessary adjustments to lead the life you love. If we are not personally happy with our lives, every area of our lives will be affected.
Family is what I call home base; home base needs to be protected, natured and cultivated. Family is an essential ingredient to wholeness, happiness and wellness. Placing high value on this area will produce great joy.
Focus deals with what you are trading your life and time for each day. What significant vision or dream are you living for? How are you releasing your Genius Potential into the world?
How we manage our finances and create wealth for ourselves and our families plays an enormous role in our lives. Finances determine what experiences you will have in life, what you are exposed to and the quality life you enjoy.
Failing to give each of these areas the proper attention will cause you to have headache and heartache in life. So how do we bring them into harmony, how do we develop each area? Over the years I have used three tools to help me and my clients produce high results in these key areas. When these three tools are incorporated into your life, they produce awesome results, and results are the name of the game.
My experiences have taught me when I combine the use of mentors, time management and active church participation, my life runs very smoothly. Having mentors, using your time effectively and attending a great church will greatly assist you in developing the quality of life you want.
Mentors, trainers, coaches, or advisors, whatever terminology you choose to use help reduce the learning curve in your life. These individuals can assist you in answering some of the difficult life questions and provide tips, tools and practices that will help you navigate life’s journey. They can help you in developing your focus area and finance area. Just ensure these individuals have the results in their lives you desire.
Learning excellent time management will help you cut down on all the people and things calling for your attention. Everything and everyone do not warrant your time. I constantly ask myself, “How is this helping me develop?” Whether it’s a conversation, reading an article or watching something on T.V. every thing must qualify for my time. Time is a precious commodity you can not get back.
ACTIVE CHURCH PARTICIPATION
There was a recent study that showed regular church attendance can add years to your life. Not only that, but if you attend a good church, not a perfect church, those don't exist, but a well rounded church can help assist you in many of the keys areas. Many churches have great services that can help you with your faith development, family development and in the freedom area by helping you develop some core values you are going to live by.
There are many voices calling for your attention in the world, you can greatly assist yourself by selecting a few voices you trust and follow them. This will cut down on confusion and give you a clear path to follow to success and significance.
Author, Genius Potential
America's #1 Leadership Life Trainer
Dr. Will is an author, speaker and leadership consultant....