Creating the Life You Want

Here are four steps that I consider fundamental to designing, creating and living the life YOU want

1. Clarity about the life you want.
It’s often said that most people spend more time planning a party than they do planning their life. How, exactly, do you want to live? What do you want more of? What do you want less of? What are your values and priorities, your loves and your annoyances? Be clear. Write it down. Design the life you want with clarity and precision. Then go after it with power and purpose.

2. Maintain extremely high standards.
This means keeping your house clean, paying your bills, taking care of your health, getting enough sleep, keeping a reasonable schedule, doing your work, treating other people well and insisting that they treat you as you wish to be treated. The quality of your life is in the details. Set very high standards.

3. Acquire the skills you need.
A World Class Life requires tools and skills, it requires know-how and courage. Successful parenting requires as much knowledge, skill, wisdom and patience as success at work or in your favorite hobby. A World Class Life requires that you meet the demands of life with elegance, style, confidence and grace. Learn what you need to know. Study. Get a coach or mentor, take classes, attend the workshops. This is your life. Get good at it!

4. Persistent Self-Discipline.
A World Class Life asks a great deal of us. It demands that we get up and get started. It demands that you do the things most people avoid, that you pay attention, that you show up, that you go the “extra mile.” A World Class Life has lots of time, space and energy for play, but when work or diligence are called for, winners do the right things, in the right way, in a timely manner. Practice self-discipline. There is no other way. A World Class Life is the right and challenge of every human being. No one can stop you from creating and living the life you desire! It’s all within reach, but a great life does require something of us. It requires a plan, excellent standards, good tools and the discipline to live the life you desire.


Quotes of the Week “The way we live our days is the way we live our lives.” — Annie Dillard
“Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” — Conrad Hilton
“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” — Goethe
“The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives.” — Louise Hay