Tuesday, January 27, 2015

First Things First

Want to have a great life, have fun, and do the most good with your life?

A frequent answer to this question is to put "first things first", to do things in the proper order, and to follow your priorities. But what does this really mean?

The best answer I've found is to setup your daily activities following the 4-square principle.

Picture a square. One side is your physical self, the next side is your social self, the third side is your mental self, and the final side is your spiritual self.

What do you want to do? Living a 4-square life will help you get there. This is the "first thing" that you want to put first.

PHYSICAL: Take time to strengthen your physical body.

SOCIAL: Spend time with friends and family. Develop positive relationships.

MENTAL: Cultivate your intellect. Think. Get in-depth learning.

SPIRITUAL: Connect with a higher power regularly. Pray and meditate. Grow spiritually.

A common stumbling block in people's lives is being out of balance. Just like a snowboarder cannot be great without great balance, a person cannot become great without having their life in balance.

A life in balance helps you become the very best you can be, at whatever you are currently focusing on. With a life in balance you become the best athlete, student, musician, doctor, parent, or friend that you can possibly be.

Are you focusing too much on one side of the square? Do you spend too much time with friends while neglecting, for example, your mental development? Or, do you focus excessively on your mental studies, causing you to neglect your physical body?

- You need to be as healthy as you can be to be the best you can be.

- You need to have good friends and family relationships to be your very best.

- You need to think things through, to learn something in depth, and to develop your brain,

- Finally, you need to stay grounded by having a strong spirit, a strong connection to a higher power.

When you are in balance, something powerful happens. No longer does 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 equal 4. The synergy of developing each side of your life creates something awesome, something greater than the sum of its parts. Everything clicks.

When I get angry, frustrated, or dissatisfied with my life, I ask myself, am I in balance? Am I paying attention to the 4-square life? Invariably, a primary cause of my problem comes from being out of
balance. To this day, I actively work on staying in balance, and doing my best to live a 4-square life.

What does your "square" look like? Are you in balance?

This is the "first thing" that we need to prioritize. Putting "first things first" means living a 4-square life. This is our first and primary goal. By doing so, we can best love others, best serve others, and have the greatest fun and greatest rewards in life.