For many of us, the simplest step to getting what we want is also the most difficult.
If you want a chance at living your best life, that ideal life must be defined. That involves making decision, something many of us are loathe to do. But it has to be done.
Because the simple fact remains: the first step to getting what you want is to decide what you want.
By determining what is most important, we simplify the decision making in our life. Explicitly deciding what we want gives us a filter through which we can determine how we spend our time and energy, the two most precious commodities we possess.
Deciding our priorities makes us more efficient.
Simplifying our decision making can save countless hours of overthinking and inaction. It reduces our decision fatigue because the decision has already been made. We more easily avoid the trap of action vs. progress.
Important: Don’t worry about getting them perfect on the first draft. Your thinking will become more articulate as you spend more time homing in on what matters most.
These will be different for everybody, here are mine.
1. Live a great love story with my wife
2. Love, mentor and be there for my children
3. Have a career I am proud of
4. Maintain and improve personal health and fitness
5. Nurture lifelong learning orientation and curiosity
6. Achieve financial freedom young enough to enjoy it
7. Leave a legacy that is better than I found it
Once your ambitions are crystal clear, the actions needed to realize them become far less complicated.
Jack Butcher said, “In a world of infinite distraction, focus is the only path to freedom.”
Focus gives us power.
Focusing on what matters most gives us the power to change lives.