cluster fuck. it happens.
You set SMART goals but they aren't RREAL. Then you develop a life strategy that doesn't respect the many facets of your life that are interconnected. That sucks because every part of your personal ecosystem is dependent on at least one other part.
Let's say you want to work out and eat better. Are you considering all the factors involved other than the act of moving your body and changing what you put in your mouth?
- Oh, and do you have health insurance to see the doctor? Is there a co-pay?
- Do you have the money to work with all those people? What's your budget?
- Will you need to withdraw from relationships and events that don't serve this decision you've made?
- Will you need to step back from that friend for a little while? For good? Because. Haters.
- Have you blocked out time in your schedule to work out? To make a meal plan?
- Have you determined what type of activities are best for you? What food is best for you?
- Is your body ready for this change? Is your mind ready?
- Do you have health conditions to consider?
- Have you done your research? Seen a doctor, dietitian, nutritionist, trainer?
By my account, all major life areas are affected by making the decision to work out more and eat better, except for one.
This is beginning of holistic strategy. While we've been conditioned to not think things through or to see these details as unimportant, this is exactly the shit that trips us up when we aim to accomplish something.
If the end game is important, then those seemingly bullshit details are too.
WHY IS A HOLISTIC PERSPECTIVE IMPORTANT?
If you stop to really assess where you want to go and define your life vision, you'll see that you're life is not a to-do list. In fact, it's more like a web. Evaluating it from a birds eye view will quickly reveal if it's a discombobulated mess or the makings of a beautifully laid masterpiece. When you develop your life strategy from a holistic perspective, you honor all of the ways each life area is connected to the others. This results in:
- Increased CLARITY about what's truly important to you, how it's all connected, and how to prioritize.
- A greater sense of POWER over your path because you consider the full impact your actions have on your entire personal ecosystem and their relevance to your personal life vision, the end game.
- FOLLOW-THROUGH as all that clarity and power gives your the momentum to take action.
- The ability to force EQUILIBRIUM your personal ecosystem, rather than chasing set it + forget it balance.
- Knowing where your FOCUS should be at all times making it easier to get stuff done and say no to tasks that take you off your path.
As you tick off items as done, you learn more about yourself and what you're capable of. This insight, or clarity, restarts the cycle.