Living An Inspired Life – Part 2

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Last week I talked about defining ‘what’ you want to accomplish with your life and how to pare those desires down to a simple statement that will serve as a part of your true north. Although there are countless terms used for a statement of guidance in your life – and since we are examining what you want to accomplish, why you want to accomplish it and how to chart your course, I think it is only fitting to call what you constructed last week as your What Statement. But there is a critical element I haven’t talked about yet and I need to introduce this element before we go much further.

That critical element is action. You can know exactly what you want to do – you can know Part IIexactly why you want to do it and you can know precisely how to make it happen, but without action, nothing happens. In his book, The Traveler’s Gift, my favorite author, Andy Andrews, defines seven decisions which are possessed by all great leaders. Of those seven decisions, decision #3 – I am a person of action – is the most critical. Without action, the other six decisions in life are meaningless. Action is where it all happens.

I like the old riddle – 5 birds are sitting on a fence. 2 of them decide to fly away. How many birds are now sitting on the fence? The correct answer is still five. Two of the birds have only made a decision. Until they take action, they are still sitting there.

I waited until part 2 of this three-part series to bring this up because I wanted to make a point. Although I’m sure dear reader – you had great intentions after reading last week’s post, did you take action? Did you invest the time to begin defining your “What Statement”? Good intentions simply mean you are still a bird sitting on a fence. You have to take action to get to where you want to be. Good intentions aren’t enough. Good intentions must become a “burning desire” for change. No one else can do that for you. The late great Stephen Covey said, “Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire within in you, chances are it will burn out very quickly.” I also refer back to last week’s quote that you must identify that thing “that lights you up!”

Assuming you’re now on track with your ‘what’, let’s take a look at your ‘why’. “Why” is really the catalyst of your ‘what, why & how’. It is the propellant that will drive you forward each and every day. At the conclusion of part 3 next week, you will have 3 statements – your what, why and how – that will eventually be pared down to a single, all-inclusive statement that will be your true north. If you were forward thinking enough, you may have even included a big part of your why already into your ‘what’ statement.

Your ‘why’ must be the reasoning behind your ‘what’, and because we must take action your ‘why’ should include action an action verb or verbs. For example, my personal statement begins, “To inspire and empower…” When Denise and I crafted our marriage Glorify godstatement, our burning desire was to set a good example for our children and grandchildren while serving God and living His Word and began our marriage statement with “To glorify God …” When making a critical decision, I can ask myself, “Will doing this inspire and empower others?” When making a decision about our marriage, we can ask, “Will this decision glorify God?” The correct action to take becomes much clearer when you know why are you are doing what you are doing.

So this week’s action is simple. It’s time to define why you want to accomplish your what. To be a better parent – to ease suffering – to live a healthier life – to become the best employee, regardless of the what, add fuel to it by knowing your ‘why’. We can go back nearly 500 years to Shakespeare when he posed to us, “to be or not to be, that is the question.”

Emerson said the most important thing is what lies within us. Use that which lies within you to become your driving force for becoming your best self.

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Living An Inspired Life – Part 1

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About montyrainey

Public Speaker and District Manager. Mission: To empower and inspire others professionally, personally and spiritually to elevate their lives to a higher level.
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