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Chapter 1 - Basic Rules for Having It all

  • Determine what matters to you
  • Define success in all facets of your life
  • Find ways to enjoy the journey as much as the destination
  • Take responsibility for your life
  • Accept that everything happens for a good reason

To have it all, we must first define what all is for us. Social scientists have written books and given speeches telling us what is important, and too often we simply take the criteria given to us by experts. But the first step in the process of having it all is to determine what things matter to you. Life evolves and things change. When you start thinking about what matters to you, make your criteria broad enough so that you don't have to change them every week. At the same time, each area should be specific enough to be meaningful to you.

In a recent exercise for myself, I determined that the seven criteria for my roadmap to a happy, successful and fulfilling life are:

 l. Physical Health
2. Mental Health
3. Small daily pleasures
4. Big occasional pleasures
5. Financial wealth
6. Loving relationships
7. Wisdom

It is up to you to find a quiet place and determine what will make your life happy and fulfilled. Don't let others make those decisions for you. If we put things on our list because we feel we should or because we will feel guilty if we omit them, then we are letting others determine the list for us. This is our life. If you are unsure, start out with simple wishes.

Examples might include:
A new car
A new house
A trip to Europe
Putting a child through college
$20,000.00 in the bank

...Is this beginning to sound like work? I promise this will be simple to understand but not necessarily easy to do. This is life; it is not a dress rehearsal. The script we write for our life is the most important creative endeavor we can conceive.

"Success is a journey, not a destination."
-Ben Sweetland



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