In the words of Henry David Thoreau (Walden): “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
I’m not suggesting that you live in the wilderness, but our best life is one of simplicity. Not boring, dull or uneventful but rather simple, fulfilling, meaningful and significant. And that’s difficult to do when our lives are filled with so many things vying for our attention and participation.
What do you believe in?
What are you committed to doing—and not doing?
Have you ever written your commitments down? Have you ever encapsulated your beliefs? Your code? Your statement of faith?
Having a written creed helps a lot to stay true to the things you hold dear. It reminds you and helps you to stay focused on the things that truly matter to you.
It’s good to remind ourselves of our accomplishments. It builds our confidence to focus on what we’ve done, what we’re good at and things we’ve succeeded in doing. Because it’s all too easy to focus on what we DIDN’T do, what’s yet undone and things we’ve failed at.
The age-old adage of “Focus on Your Strengths” is a tried and proven strategy for living your best life.
One of the easiest ways to consistently build our confidence and focus on what’s worked and what’s working for us is to maintain a “Victory List”.