Now that you have done all this work on your life, it is time to take the final step in making it as wonderful as it can possibly be. But first let’s review all the steps we’ve gone through to address the problem of having too many responsibilities and too many things we would like to do in the limited time available to each of us.
Step 1: Discover values
Step 2: Make sure those values are objective meaning they are legitimately improving your life as determined by a proper process of reason.
Step 3: Again through a process of reason create a ‘Hierarchy of Values.’ Make sure the long-term values are at the top of your hierarchy.
Step 4: Organize your life’s tasks so as to get the most out of the limited amount of time available to you.
Step 5: Take action. Once you have done all this thinking and planning it is imperative to put yourself and act to achieve your values.
If you have gone through this process seriously and legitimately put in the effort, then the final step of the process is to enjoy what you have accomplished. And I would tell you this even if you fail to achieve your goal.
Sometimes in life things don’t work out regardless of how much effort or thought you put in. You should still take pride in how you are living your life, and then regroup and start through the process again – this time with all of the experience you have gained. It may take more time than you would like, but I guarantee you will eventually succeed.
But the most important thing in this entire process is to understand the need to value yourself and take legitimate pride in how you are living your life.
When I was in high school, I discovered I had certain talents and I also discovered I was lacking certain talents. I was good with numbers and very good at thinking abstractly, but I was not good at working with my hands and my people skills were severely lacking. I’m not telling anybody over 30 anything new here. At some point in each of our lives, we discover what we are good at and what we are not good at.
This turns out to be a wonderful thing when you live in a free society; freedom allows you to team up with others who complement your skills, so that all of your talents put together can allow you to do great things. And freedom also allows you and the organization you are associated with to make changes whenever an association isn’t working or when it can be improved. Continue reading
One of the tools I have used throughout my life, but most especially in my career as an accountant, is to envision the ‘Ideal Solution’ whenever I am confronted with a particularly thorny problem.
I usually resort to this whenever the problem I am confronted with appears to have no solution- or more precisely, every solution I can think of can be almost instantly shot down because it has a flaw in it. This kind of situation tends to bring on a kind of panicked mindset where the problem seems insoluble and the ‘solutions’ seem infinite.
The ‘Ideal Solution’ method involves stepping back from everything, i.e. disengaging myself from the details of the problem to look at just exactly what we are trying to accomplish. Once I have identified the overarching goal, I then give myself carte blanche to imagine I had every tool conceivable at my disposal in order to reach that goal. And I’m not beyond diving into science fiction or fantasy in order to achieve this ‘Ideal Solution.’
By going through this thought process, I identify a solution to the problem, which I typically put down on paper. And once this ‘Ideal Solution’ is down on paper usually one of two things happens. Continue reading