“The quality of life is determined by its activities.”
Underlying most goals is an assumption that working towards a goal will improve quality of life, for ourselves and others we care about. With each of our long term goals comes many choices and decisions, including what to try and how much effort to put in. By assessing our current quality of life, we can focus on the gaps and opportunie have to make some improvements.
Whatever our definition of ‘the good life‘ may be, it is vital that we enjoy and get meaning from the day-to-day while on our journey. Our daily experiences, our tasks, our schedule, the places we spend our energy and time, are what make up our life.
When we are clear on what is important to us, there comes an incredible sense of freedom. We no longer live in a world of social comparison. We are running our own race. Goals and big decisions are achievable and invigorating because we have a clear picture of what we want our life to stand for. Clarity does not come easily, it evolves throughout our life, which requires being flexible. Spend some quality time identifying on your priorities in life
Flow is about being fully engaged in our present activity, challenged but succeeding with clear intention. It is a rewarding state to be in. For some it is gardening, writing, cooking dinner with their partner, intense conversation, or working through numbers. Though it requires more energy than passive ways to spend time, such as reality TV, idle gossip, video games, it is far more rewarding. Include activities that challenge, engage and satisfy you in your daily plan.
Contrary to popular belief, we do not have to make drastic changes in order to notice an improvement in the quality of our life. At the same time, we do not need to wait a long time in order to see the measurable results that come from taking positive action. All you have to do is take small steps, and take them consistently.
“If you don’t set a baseline standard for what you’ll accept in life, you’ll find it’s easy to slip into behaviors and attitudes or a quality of life that’s far below what you deserve.”