The work of well-being is all about taking control.
We here so much about balancing life and work in our world today. It’s really more about taking control of what we’ve been given-life. You can’t take control of your life, and your well-being, until you see your life as the center. The center is the place where everything begins.
Most people want a sense that they are doing the right things. They aspire to have a good life, but unfortunately some areas of life live to corrupt our best intentions. Whether it’s work, relationships or some other area, we sometimes feel one step away from being undone. How about you? With all the advances in technology and education many felt it would improve our state, beyond a tablet computer. The puzzling question is; where’s the advancement for managing our lives? Where’s the cure for feeling overwhelmed?
The answer has been with us all along.
Life is a gift. I certainly believe life is a precious gift given from above. I also believe that gift implies a sense of responsibility and management. I don’t know anyone who would verbally endorse an approach where life just unfolds on its own. Deep down we know that life is tough and it requires work. Unfortunately, we have a modern world that has sold us a bill of goods. The one that says we can ignore well-being or mask our issues with money and/or medication. How powerful would it be if we changed the paradigm?
Seeing value in the small. There’s no better a mindset than embracing small steps, small goals and the results that follow. If you start small with changing a certain area of life, you will start to see your paradigm shift. Think of it as racking up small and quantifiable victories. Happiness and contentment follow the person who is willing to do this kind of work. As you slowly embrace with commitment and urgency, the outlook changes.
Ignore all the haters. I read once where the original CEO of Cadillac believed insults and criticisms were a signs that the organization was onto something great. The fair warning is found in you not listening to the naysayers and the persuasive lips of chatter. Specifically, those that try to convince you that ignorance is bliss or that someone else is responsible for your well-being. Be careful here. Many a man and woman have started off well only to be derailed by their own temptations and deceptions.
If you truly want a great life, then take your well-being and own it. It will require hard work, but you won’t regret it.
Eric Pennington is the founder of Epic Living, LLC. He is the author of Waking Up in Corporate America and the newly released book The Well-Being Guide: Making the Most of Life and Work. The book is available now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and select book sellers.