Sunday, March 6, 2011

5 Core Lift Themes

I distilled down the lessons I have (and continue to!) learn from cancer through my personal introspection into 5 core themes for lifting your life towards maximum fulfillment:

  1. Be Honest
  2. Exhibit Integrity
  3. Be Inquisitive
  4. Be Passionate
  5. Have Fun
I realize that this isn’t exactly cutting edge science I am unveiling here...

However, I feel it is necessary to share these up front before I start diving into some other concepts I have developed during my introspection (including the transformation from the “Social You” to the “True You” in future posts).

Over the past 20 years or so our society has advanced leaps and bounds in the personal technology department. As a result of new technology we are able to receive the latest news, shopping deals, and information about what our friends had for dinner 10 minutes ago...

Call me a traditionalist, but I firmly believe these advancements have short circuited our ability to think for ourselves and move our lives in a direction that embraces our individual values. Thus, I think it’s important that we all realign ourselves with our values and start living the themes discussed above everyday in our lives.

Being honest with yourself and others in all of your dealings will enable you to free your mind from the white lies and stories you embellish when seeking approval from family, friends, classmates, and coworkers.

Integrity is the foundation of any solid relationship. By practicing what you preach and honoring all of your commitments you slowly build the trust that is necessary for rock solid relationships. Even if you regret what you said, it is imperative to stay true to your word.

You stop growing when you stop learning. Being inquisitive not only enhances your knowledge of the world, it helps you connect your life with others and develop an understanding of what life is like on the other side of the coin.

Passion will take you as far as you can ever imagine once you find your path in life. If you aren’t finding passion in what you are doing, you are in for a long grind. It’s time to take a hard look in the mirror.

Sometimes we lose sight of the fun factor of life. Even if we are honest, have great integrity, are learning, and passionate there are times when we get caught up in another’s drama. Life’s too short to be lived on someone else’s terms.

It won’t be easy to practice these themes right off the bat. Take one theme and practice it hard for a week and see where you are at.

I know you will be happy you did...

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