Here’s a brief idea from me, and a few content recommendations that have the potential to shift your thinking in a significant way.


When you think too much about where you want to be in the future, you become less present. It can make you very frustrated and unhappy. I lived that way for YEARS. 

On the flip side, if you have no sense of where you want to be in the future, your efforts become very unfocused and random. That too can make you very frustrated and unhappy.

The best way I’ve found to manage this is to do the hard thinking about what’s important to you and how you want to live your life. Instead of this manifesting into goals, have it be some key questions that help set out an inspiring direction that you want to build towards.

From there, organise yourself so you can live your life in a way that build towards that direction. Don’t get hung up on where you are now. Instead, just focus on doing stuff that helps you build toward that direction.

Here’s an example. I used to have a lot of fitness goals and was always unhappy with where I was.

Now, I ask myself these questions on a regular basis:
  • Am I putting my health first – above everything else? 
  • Am I mostly eating real foods, and not too much? 
  • Am I prioritising my mobility, so that I can move freely and without pain? 
  • Am I being active most days, and pushing myself hard?
I let these questions drive my actions every week. My actions tend to vary week to week. It depends on where I am with my health, my life and where I choose to put my efforts that week. But, nowadays I am generally way more content with where I am in life, and what I’m doing. And importantly, I have the conviction that I’m heading in the right direction.


The three big decisions by Naval (tweet)

This really resonated with me. So simple, and so very true.

Two things to think about. Have you been intentional with these decisions? Are you happy with them?

When All Moments Have Equal Value by David Cain (article)

I love what this article represents. It really gave me something to think about. Living your life like this is hard and it takes practice – but it’s a much happier way to go about things.


Have a GREAT weekend!

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