I’m going out on a limb here and assume that “successful” is one of the words you would like used to describe your life. Good, then you are definitely someone I want to talk to.
Quality Of Life is the foundation for success. Trying to create success (no matter how you define it) without addressing your own personal Quality Of Life is like trying to build a house without a foundation. And just like the foundation of your house, trying to build the structure without it is folly. I know; I’ve tried.
“We all know that we’re really after something bigger, we’re just not clear about what that is or how to explain it.“
It’s important to say again—and perhaps in a different way—what we are about here so there is no confusion. Confusion is definitely a danger because of the well-documented (by me) language problem we have around the entire field of the human experience; we just don’t have any words to discuss it, and the ones that we do use have been manipulated over time for private agendas to become either meaningless (even to the speaker) or corrupted for personal gain.
That means that just about every word you use to discuss quality of life issues has no definition or even commonly-accepted meaning, which turns those conversations into veritable blather. So we try to counter this blather by dumbing it down to a point where someone can actually understand what we’re saying. So we focus on subjects like money, or qualities of attractiveness, or what to eat, or how far you can run. In the scheme of what makes life worth living, these are relatively trite matters, yet we treat them like they are some lofty end unto themselves because we don’t know what else to do. We all know that we’re really after something bigger, we’re just not clear about what that is or how to explain it. And when we don’t know that, we will never know how to achieve it. And when we don’t know how to achieve it, we assume it’s just a matter of luck or circumstances.
I hope you get the implications of this: in a nutshell, it is that we haven’t even begun to talk about maximizing our quality of life yet. Wow! That’s huge! Something so fundamental to our entire experience on this planet is something that we have never talked about with any clarity. I intend to change that.
“That may sound like an unworkable proposition… except for one thing: it isn’t.“
So, here we are. Where shall we begin? Well, we already have begun, but perhaps now you have a little better idea of what we’re actually talking about. We are talking about a category of personal development that is rarely discussed and tragically misunderstood, but crucially important to the value of your life.
You can think of Quality Of Life as a combination of mental clarity, emotional balance, physical health, personal wealth, rich relationships, and an exciting purpose, all wrapped up in one concept.
That may sound like an unworkable proposition; too much to get your head around. You would be right, except for one thing: it isn’t.
The truth about being in complete control of the quality of your life—all of it—is that it is actually much simpler than you have been led to believe. A time-honored way to make money in our culture is to take a simple and attractive concept, convince us that it is too complicated for mere people to understand, then offer to provide the same results without the need for any actual understanding for the low, low price of…. Not only is all of this complication unnecessary, it is actually destructive to the goal.
“Everything will be affected by your Quality Of Life. And by “affected” I mean, will come to you far easier and perhaps at all.“
The mis-perception is that each of the individual elements of the human experience are complicated when they are actually quite simple, and not deserving or requiring much of our time or energy to get right. Once you know as much as the average 10-year-old about anything having to do with making your life more successful, stop. You know enough to get busy.
But the real point (you knew I would get around to it eventually) is that actually getting the concept right—as described above—must occur first. First before what? First before anything; before career, before marriage, before children, before sports/fitness, before business…. well, you get the idea. Everything will be affected by your Quality Of Life. And by “affected” I mean, will come to you far easier and perhaps at all. That’s what prompted the title of this post: The Foundation For Success.