Even though I’ve lived several decades now and know a lot more than before, I am still learning and on a journey of endeavoring to live the greatest life I possibly can. That’s your desire too, right? You know you are here for a reason and you know that your time on earth is limited (we will all die), so you want to live a life that is happy and fulfilling. So how do you do that? There is obviously a lot to living an entire life of real greatness, but here are two steps to get you started.
- Define a Great Life. You’ve heard the phrase, “aim at nothing and you will hit it every time.” Not every phrase you hear repeated is true (remember “if you build it they will come”? Anyone who has ever tried building a business, ministry, or team knows that is simply not true); but this one is.
Sure, every now and then you meet someone who just seemed to stumble upon long-term happiness, but those stories are extremely rare. People who end up achieving what they want are almost always those with a vision, dream, or goal they are aiming at. You have to know in your mind, what a wonderful life looks like in order to know if you are heading in the right direction.
As you think about this, please remember that people who live great lives are motivated by something that is greater than themselves . Helen Keller rightly said, “True happiness…is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
Not only is she spot on with her idea, but she understands that a great life has to be focused on something great. It is impossible to pursue something worthless and attain to something worthwhile. Vision precedes experience in most cases.
Everyone wants health, good relationships, enough money to do what they want, and success in their areas of passion. All of those things matter, but as you’re defining what a successful life looks like, remember that everything you see will one day disappear.
So many work so hard for stuff and then a few years later need new stuff because the older stuff has broken down or is no longer in style. Please make sure your definition; your target does not prioritize things.
My wife and I recently moved from a home we had lived in for over twenty years. Do you know how much stuff we had to get rid of? So many things in our home that we never used, but at one point we had purchased or was given to us. I kept thinking, “how did we get all these things?” And then it was a lot of work to get rid of the things we had worked to get.
So, take a little time and really think about what a great life looks like.
2. Prayerfully Plan. There is something almost magical about taking dreams and goals, writing them down, and then prayerfully making an initial plan on how to get there. When you study the lives of Jesus and the Apostle Paul, you see that they were not haphazard in what they did. They were strategic and followed a prayer-based plan in each season of their lives.
Everyone’s plans change as they take action. Some things work and others do not, but a plan at least gives you some focus on where to invest your energy. You can and will adjust as you go, but please follow Jesus example and make a plan on how you can start achieving the goals that make a great life.
If you want to know more about how to live the great life God has planned for you, please schedule a FREE 30 minute call with me. I guarantee you’ll know the next step to take in becoming and doing all that God has planned for you.