The Power of the Four ‘L’s

I believe it is possible to craft your own perfect life – you don’t have to tread the hamster wheel forever. You only have this life – and it’s going fast, so why not bring some powerful changes into your life?

But how?

It all seems so complicated and confusing. There are ten thousand different things we could choose. Whereas our ancestors were paralysed by their limited circumstances, we are paralysed by too much choice.

Here’s a tip. Start by dividing your life into four areas by making these statements:

“I want to live.”

“I want to love.”

“I want to learn.”

“I want to leave a legacy.”

They pretty much cover everything we are about as humans and they are powerful headings.

‘To live’ covers our material needs – food, shelter, clothes and the things we need to survive these days – cars, mobile phones etc. It is to do with money; the subject of this newsletter.

What do you want to do to improve your finances?

But money isn’t everything (gosh, that’s original!).

‘To Love’ concerns our human relationships, without which we (literally) could not survive. Often we push these relationships to 2nd or 3rd place which is a huge mistake.

What do you want to do to improve your relationships?

‘To learn’ means what it says. If you are not growing in knowledge and wisdom, you are dying. You can’t have too much of either.

What are you going to learn?

Why not make plans today to make that happen, instead of it being just a vague, arm-waving ‘one day’ wish?

‘To leave a legacy’ is to ask yourself the all-important question: “What am I about? What do I wish to be remembered for?”

This essentially human quality is our search for meaning. Victor Frankl discovered that the difference between life and death in the Nazi camps was whether or not a prisoner could make some meaning out of his or her suffering. No other species has this take on life. So, you’ve lived a few years already, what does your life add up to? If not much more than a ‘hill of beans’ then what steps are you going to take, now, today, to change that?

Big questions – needing big answers.

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