Essential Checkpoints : Are You Missing Out On This?


Life throws us many curve balls and it is easy for us to loose ourselves in it. In the flurry of life we may make hurried decisions and judgments that are not based on sound philosophies and principles.

In a long run trajectory, many of us can be like boats with no oars on a river headed towards a waterfall.

Funny but sadly true for many.

The decisions we make every second of the day is based on our philosophical framework and also our values and beliefs. We need to know and control how our internal operating systems function.

For example many claim that ‘Money is the root of all evil’.

But the truth is that ‘THE Love of money is the root of all evil’. If you would to hold on to the 1st claim, it is unlikely that you will be rich. Depending on what your objectives are, it’s important to have the right philosophical framework that really supports you in place.

This is not comprehensive but here is a list of guiding philosophies you can crosscheck with to get back on track:

1. Are you preoccupied with too many things?

It is difficult to be successful in anything if you are pursuing everything. Without focus, little get’s done and done well. As a great philosopher once said:

‘The mind, when distracted, takes in nothing very deeply, but rejects everything that is, as it were, crammed into it’

Time to take stock of what matters most to you, what delivers the biggest impact and cut out the noise. Why do the things that really don’t matter to you?

The worst-case scenario is to be preoccupied with so much that does not matter at all to you. Now that is truly a waste of time. Would you have anything that you are doing right now that is of no value to you?

2. Are you waiting to live or really living?

Many of us lay idle and delay a lot. Time as they say waits for no man (or woman). The moment we don’t seize it, it’s gone.

Time is the only thing that all of us have equal amounts of and as the saying goes:

‘Ordinary people think merely of spending time. Great people think of using it.’

Which category would you fall into?

Time to get down to something worthwhile. It’s also a good time to take stock if we are closer towards what we want to achieve or further? Or worst, if we are just coasting along – ‘In a long run trajectory, many of us are like boats with no oars on a river headed towards a waterfall’.No one wants to realize this when it is too late and they’re at the waterfall..

3. You Think You Have It Bad (Or Complain – A lot)

We meet a lot of people who complain endlessly about how things should be, how bad it is for them, things that other people should do. But yet they do nothing about it. Worst still their very own performance is even worst that those who they complain of.

If you think you have it bad, take a look at Nick Vujicic who has no arms and legs and yet lives a more fulfilling life then many of us. Lets quit the excuses game and really play to win.

4. There is no freedom in life?

Here is a simple yet powerful excerpt from Stephen Covey to set you free.

‘The key to being proactive is remembering that between stimulus and response there is a space. That space represents our choice— how we will choose to respond to any given situation, person, thought or event. Imagine a pause button between stimulus and response—a button you can engage to pause and think about what is the principle-based response to your given situation. Listen to what your conscience tells you. Listen for what is wise and the principle-based thing to do, and then act”

Nothing is impossible when you realize this. The future is really in your hands.

5. Are you living your past or future?

Many people live their current lives based on their past. They tell themselves, if the past was like this then I should behave this way and hence they consistently get results – the same old results and  hence get caught in vicious cycle of stagnation.

What if we become the clearing for the future? We decide a compelling future and consistently ask ourselves questions of what we need to do to get there – In simple words doing the things that are needed to reach our objectives.

With an operating system like that, our actions will be towards building a compelling future and not reliving a historic past.

6. Are you feeding yourself crap?

What goes in is what comes out. Input equals output.

If we’re not feeding our minds with the right inputs, we’ll have crap coming out. It’s sad that many stop learning after finishing their education. We’ll be lucky if we learn from the workplace or from our friends perhaps. But reality is that that is never enough if we want to really excel in life.

Education is a process that never ends and if we’re keen we will need to keep on learning and growing.

Are you watching too much TV or engaging yourself in too much mindless surfing for example? Time to take stock and do more of what matters.

The same applies to our bodies too. People who are overweight made the choice to be overweight. We make the choice of the foods we eat. Hence we are what we eat. Making a choice to be healthy has abundant positive effects.

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