Focusing On The Aspects That Hold The Most Value Is A Great Way To Empower Your Life
Our lives can be constructed into exactly what we want. It is up to each of us to use our time and decide whether we want for society to choose for us, or do we want to take control and create our future ourselves. If you choose the option for society to choose for you, I have experienced that path and have found it to be rather easy, and laid back. You just go with the flow, you react to what is happening and move on.
Choosing the option to take control of your life, and construct your own future and success is a lot more difficult. It will require your highest levels of will power, focus, faith, and conscious effort. Instead of simply reacting, you are making proactive choices, decisions, and moves. You are taking control and accountability for every aspect of your life.
If you are not where you want to be today, you need to realize that it is not anyone’s fault but your own.
This is an empowerment approach to life, where you are the artist and your life is the blank canvas. On that canvas you can create what you want your life to look like, feel like, and be like. The key to reaching an accountability state and becoming successful at empowering your own life, you will need to pay attention to the core values that exist within your day-to-day world.
Here are 6 Buckets That You Can Focus On To Empower Your Life:
Without our health, we have nothing. Think about it, what good would it be to achieve all of your dreams, but not have the health to experience it with your loved ones. Our health is our most valuable asset. We need it to exist, we need it to function properly, and most of all we need it to properly enjoy the riches this world has to offer.
A great approach towards protecting your health, is to always stay aware of your nutritional intake such as whole food sources, ensuring proper nutrient intake, and staying within a healthy caloric intake range. If you don’t know how to find your caloric range, check out this link to a BMR Calculator and follow the steps.
In addition to your nutritional intake, a great way to protect your health is to ensure you are getting sufficient and consistent sleep each night and light exercise (walking) each day. The American Heart Association recommends for adults to achieve a total of 75 minutes per week of moderate intensity aerobic activity. This breaks down to roughly 20 minutes per day. For children, the recommendation for activity levels skyrocket to 60 minutes per day. This really adds perspective to those who have children.
If you have your health in check, the next big mammoth in your life that you must tackle, train, tame, and master is your mindset.
There is a saying that the military uses; “Mindset Is Everything.” It is the difference maker in getting the job done, or not.
A poor mindset is a reflection of poor daily habits, poor attitude, and a lack of direction. It when you begin to see this and make the proper adjustments, that you begin to see just how powerful the human mind is and just how important your mindset is overall.
If you want to accomplish big things in your life, (which everyone should want to) you are going to need the proper mindset to accomplish this. You will need to have what psychologists refer to as: “psychological hardiness”, also more commonly known as mental toughness.
The things that you want to accomplish out of life are going to come with a price. That price goes by the name of hard work. Hard work always demands the best version of yourself. If you have not built the right character to be able to handle and sustain hard work, then you are going to struggle immensely.
The mindset needs to be fostered and cultivated. Like a garden. You must be the ONLY planter in your garden– your mindset. You add fresh soil, you plant positive seeds, you water your garden, and you pull out all the weeds when necessary.
In your life, you must be your own leader. You must be willing to guide yourself down the right path. Regardless of how difficult that path may look, or how many people are going after the same thing you want, you go after it. Not only do you go, you bring those around you with you. You learn to elevate not just yourself, but other people too.
Leadership is a skill, a quality, a necessity that is becoming more and more scarce in today’s society. See, leadership is not about being the boss, or having the power. Leadership is about taking care of other people. If you can’t take care of yourself and you can’t be your own effective leader, then you are not fit yet to lead others. In order to become an effective leader, you first need to master your own life.
Life is going to require your leadership. In fact, it will demand it out of you. There are choices, decisions, and paths that are going to be needed to make and take. If you do not know how to be a leader for yourself, you will struggle. You will end up in situations where you didn’t intend to be in.
You may not have had the intention to be in a specific point in your life, but now you are there, and the only choice you have is climb out a better leader.
Take time to read and learn more about leadership. It will not only pay off for your personally, but you will be able to pass that wisdom onto people in your own life. This ultimately leads to a better world.
4. Hard Work
Empowerment comes from putting in the time, effort, and love into what you do. If you cannot find love in what you are doing with your life, then you are in the wrong field. You are doing the wrong thing and in the wrong line of work.
Work is not supposed to be this enjoyable ride. It’s work. It will demand the very best out of you. It will eat away at your energy levels, and it can put you into high stress moments. But, even through all of that, if you are following your heart and intuition, and you are aligning yourself with your human gifts, you should be able to love what you do at the end of the day.
Always be willing to work hard. Never be fearful of what hard work will bring into your life. Always be willing to conquer hard work and never allow for hard work to conquer you. If hard work is beating you, then all this points to the fact that you have some improvements to make within your own character. Make those improvements and continue to always be the hardest working person in the room. That is true empowerment.
I have worked in the financial industry for a few years. In this sector, I have held different positions. In addition, I have also worked for different companies. I have been able to extrapolate quite a few solid lessons when it comes to finances. The first one is understanding just how important our financial education is.
The way we manage our money is going to play a significant role in how successful we become in the future. When I say successful, I do not mean the more money you have, the more successful you are. No!
I mean, that regardless of how much money you amount to, you need to know how to budget and manage that money, if you want to keep it and grow it.
You need to provide yourself with security, and possibly your family too. You will not reach these feats if you do not take the time to educate yourself about personal finance.
Take time to learn about savings, debt, credit, investments, retirement, and real estate.
Mastery is a way of life. I believe that if you truly want to achieve a high quality of life, you must become obsessed with the art of mastery.
Whatever it is that you choose to sign your name behind, you hold yourself to become the best you possibly can at it. You deliver the best possible output every opportunity that you get.
Mastery is a constant thirst and drive for becoming one percent better each day. It is not about going from an amateur to a professional over night. Mastery is about loving what you do, loving who you are, and devoting yourself to become the best you possibly can.
If you are a student, then you strive to do the best you can as a student. The same applies to your job. If you are a sales associate, or a student, then you strive to become the best sales associate that you can. You don’t do it for a promotion, you don’t do it for the grades, you don’t do it for someone else—you do it because you respect yourself.
Bringing It All Together
Empowerment is all about doing the best that you can for yourself and those around you. It is about taking a cold hard look at your personal life and making the improvements necessary to get one percent better each day.
In order to make those improvements, you need to look at the areas within your life that hold the most value and then execute on improving those areas. Never quit on the improvements, and never surrender to the difficulties.
This is true empowerment.