The Stuff in Life That Matters
By Donna Krech
I've discovered a new book. This is, for me, a book people refer to as, "The one that changed my life." It's called "The 4-Hour Work Week." If you own a business, you need it. If you work anywhere, you need it. If you find yourself too busy to fit healthy activities into your family's day, you need it. If you want more time to do what you want to do, don't feel like life is as fun as it should be, or miss the "you" you used to be, you need this book.
I'm a seriously busy gal. That's never a surprise to anyone. God's given me many responsibilities. The task of leading several companies, managing multiple tasks as well as people, partnering in the fantastic journey of keeping a marriage going, maintaining a happy and healthy family, building a ministry, speaking internationally, writing books, creating products and programs and all the other cool stuff that fills my days.
Somewhere over the last few years, I've found myself busier and busier, but not necessarily in a good way. I've found myself no longer doing the things that really bring me happiness and completion. Recently, I've really missed me. Has this happened to you? Have you discovered your days to be so dog-gone full you can barely breathe? Have you found yourself going through the motions, but feeling empty and alone? Has that then turned into the loss of you?
Life was intended to be full, fun, rich and rewarding. Allowing any other result to take place is just letting the wrong guy win, and I, for one, am not ok with that. The great news is that this book helped me put my foot down. I will not continue to live less than the life I know I was created to live.
Tim Ferriss, the author of The 4-Hour Work Workweek, speaks to the idea of loving what you do every day and doing what you love most of the time (there is no such thing as perfection, so don't buy the lie). He talks a lot about kinesthetic-related activities because he believes in living life and knows that being healthy comes from movement. Besides that, he's all about FUN and one of the amazing results of movement is fun! Is your life is full, fun, rich and rewarding?
Someone said to me recently, "I want people around me who are driven, productive and something, something..." I can't remember what it was because all I could think was, "Man, life is short. I want people around me who I can love and be grateful for, who are excited about living and who want to achieve goals as a team." Another person said recently, "People live for excitement, Donna. They gamble and have affairs so their lives will be exciting and they have drug and alcohol addictions to kill the pain of no excitement."
These are good opinions. I have another one. I want my experiences not to be based on performance, but on the fact that I'm doing what I long to do that will make me happy. I believe people live for individual and group experiences that bring about happiness, not just excitement.
I share this with you today to propose that you consider the stuff in life that matters, the stuff that brings you happiness. I'll propose these things will be just a few of the incredible results of being thin and healthy. Playing with your children and grandchildren matters. Dying young at a very old age matters. Gratitude and serving others matters. Believing with all your heart matters. Being all you were created to be matters, and doing what truly brings you joy matters.
I need to ask you a question. Are you doing what makes you happy? If you arose each morning, looked in the mirror and asked, "If I knew I was going to die today, could I say I've lived my life happily? Have I paid attention to the stuff that matters?"
What does this have to do with you achieving your goal? Simple! If we're depressed, anxious or worried, we're not happy. These emotional reactions cause us not to do what we want to do. For weight loss, this brings about the inability to eat healthy or exercise. For business, it could mean inability to function productively inside the business. If we're doing what makes us happy, we don't have the stress that comes from not being happy and thus, don't have the poor health, extra weight or sadness that accompanies not feeling fulfilled.
You may think it's not that simple. I can prove it is. Put your foot down this week and determine to focus on the stuff that matters. Ask yourself each morning what three things you need to pay the most attention to in order to achieve the results that matter most. You'll find yourself happier, and you know what else? More fit and more wealthy too!