How is Your Life Being Directed? 4 Steps to Strategic Living
Do you feel your life is in balance or constantly a fire drill of demands? As a parent, a husband and a owner of multiple businesses, I can honestly say there is an art to getting the work/life balance in place. I wanted to share 4 steps to strategic living that have provided balance with my family, work, and relationships.
When I was in my late 20’s building my company, wanting to have a family and balance in life I experienced a disruption. It was this thought: Who in the world is responsible for my life and how in the world am I supposed to manage all of this responsibility of parenting, career and marriage?
It was then brought to my attention by one of my mentors that I am not in the director’s chair but I am the producer. This changed everything. My outlook on life and my execution changed dramatically and things kicked into high gear.
I want to share with you 4 steps I use as reminders that create productivity and balance:
1) I am the producer, not the director: We often believe we are on control. Yes, we are but not how you might think. Meaning, we are in control of planting, cultivating, and watering. The land isn’t ours and the rain/results aren’t in our control. As with parenting, it’s Chantel’s and my job to train, encourage and discipline. However, how they end up isn’t up to us. The results we can’t control. We can only control the training.
2) Follow the Leader: As I stated in my other post about mentors, that you can’t go about this life alone. The most powerful effective individuals I know have multiple mentors. It’s key. If you don’t have a mentor you are following yourself. Mentors see the backside of your thoughts, strategies, strengths, and weaknesses. Having mentors has saved me money, time and effectiveness. If you don’t have a mentor and need some guidance I’ve created my online mentor program to help.
3) Blaze Your Own Trail: Is the trail you are on in life clear or need blazing? If it’s clear, you’re on the wrong path. Someone has already blazed that trail; You would be a follower or telling someone else’s story. Blaze your own trail. Be original and provide newness to others through your message and story.
4) Your Life is a Solution for Someone: Too often I hear people say that they don’t know what their gift is or their talent. I encourage these folks to see what lights them up. Whatever you are passionate about and thrive on is a tell in regards to your strengths and gift. The fun part comes when you realize that your life is a solution for someone in need. Maybe you are a stay at home mom starting a business or love helping coach children with special needs. Whatever your passion, your life can be used to impact others for significance, not just success and dollars. I keep running into people over and over that have more money than they can imagine but are empty with no purpose and meaning. It’s easy to forfeit our dreams for the facade that money provides. Money is fuel for dreams but isn’t necessary for dreams to launch.
Remember: God can only steer a “moving” ship. We are required to take action and move forward in confidence. The secret is to realize that the captain knows where he is going and the most direct route.
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. Prov 19:21 NIV
I’d love to hear a comment from you by answering the question: “Do you feel you’re trying to control the outcomes or can you rest in the production and leave the results out of your control?
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