What this is really all about.
I like to talk a lot about productivity and getting things done. There's lots of talk of setting goals and accountability. But what is this really all about? None of that is the point. These are tools for what we're really after.
All of this is about living with intentionality. Having goals and working towards them help us design a purposeful life.
Man's mission, according to Viktor Frankl (Nazi prison camp survivor and Psychiatrist) is to find the meaning of life. When we live without purpose or intent, we flounder. We chase a life defined by others. We chase meaningless things and we fill our lives with things that aren't important. And we feel rushed and tired all the time and we ask - is this all there is? Without intention, we can spend our lives just paying the bills.
The principles and practices that I follow and use support setting goals and then creating a plan that allows for discovery and action. So while we are doing, we are learning, we are evolving. We explore.
We focus and fine tune. And while we're at it, we're removing what we don't need. What I love about the books Essentialism and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is that they talk as much about removing the non-essentials (or not giving a f*ck) as much as they do about how to focus on the essentials. To focus on the essential and live with intentionality, we have to remove what is not important. It's all noise and reduces focus.
I love the quote from Prince EA in his video EVERYBODY DIES, BUT NOT EVERYBODY LIVES, "It is not death that most people are afraid of, it is getting to the end of life only to realize that you never truly lived."
It's my biggest fear to get to the end of life having not lived, especially in today's world where we have access to everything. When I finally realized I was on that exact path, I decided it was time to get off that train and direct my energies towards filling my life with the things I want. I am working on goals that align with the life I want and a way to get there that makes it fun and exciting and open to the surprises that come along the way.
What are your life goals and do you have a plan for getting there?
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