Check out 365 Thought Provoking Questions to Ask Yourself This Year at Marc and Angel Hack Life: Practical Tips for Productive Living. They also have many articles about Productivity.
Baby, you’re a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make ‘em go “Oh, oh, oh”
You’re gonna leave ‘em all in awe, awe, awe
You just gotta ignite, the light, and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July
Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
It’s always been inside of you, you, you
And now it’s time to let it through-ough-ough
‘Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on, show ‘em what you’re worth
Make ‘em go “Oh, Oh, Oh”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y
The best way to shine is to know how you want to add value.
To really turn the wattage up, know how you will use your talents to add value to life. To uncover talents and clarify how you will use them, think about your Unique Selling Proposition, the special benefit only you can provide. Then you can focus your energy in a powerful light that shines to brighten the world.
21 small ways you can make a huge difference this summer by the couple who inspired The Blind Side in USA Weekend July 16-18, 2010 provides ideas for giving.
From How You Can Win At Anything in USA Weekend:
- Focus on the task at hand.
- Pay attention to detail.
- Make friends wherever you can.
- Free your mind and the rest will follow.
- Never give up.
- Be yourself, no matter what.
In the book “Retirement RX: The Retirement Docs’ Proven Prescription for Living a Happy, Fulfilling Rest of Your Life,” Dr. Fritz Fraunfelder and Dr. Jim Gilbaugh share the results of their study of those who make the transition to retirement successfully.
The most satisfied retirees all share eight key traits. While planning for financial security is an element, “highly successful retirees” also plan for happy relationships, intellectual stimulation, enjoyable and fulfilling activities, and a healthy lifestyle. To suddenly have a lot of time on your hands and no idea of how to happily fill it is not a good position to be in. Here are the eight traits of highly successful retirees:
1. Plan ahead. Advance preparation is essential, not only for finances, but also for how your time will be spent. There is no better time to think about how to best spend your time for achieving life goals, contributing to society, and enjoying leisure activities. If you’re part of a couple, this also involves consulting and coordinating with your mate.
2. Maintain a positive attitude. Choose an optimistic outlook and be open to possibilities. Changing a negative mindset isn’t easy, but it can be done. Take time for appreciation each day, have goals, and stay curious.
3. Accept change. Realize that challenges are a part of life as we age, and adjustments will be needed. It’s always good to have contingency plans.
4. Develop a strong support group of family and friends. Lay the foundation now by maintaining current relationships and making new friends. In this chapter, the doctors talk about the circles of support around us. The inner circle includes your closest relationships, often your mate, children and close friends. Around that is an intermediate circle of other friends and family. Next is an outer circle of acquaintances from groups and organizations. And finally, a peripheral circle is made up of doctors, dentist, financial advisor, and others who are a part of our maintenance system.
People will come and go from these circles. When we retire, we lose the interactions with co-workers, and our social world often narrows. Make the effort to try new activities where you can meet others, volunteer, or join a group that interests you. Fill out a printable relationship map, and plan activities to maintain your relationships.
5. Engage in enjoyable leisure activities. Make a list of ten or more activities you enjoy doing or would like to try. Note those that are done alone or with others, whether they are indoors or outdoors, active or passive, expensive or free. Make these a regular part of your life. Keep your eyes open for new ideas.
6. Follow a healthy lifestyle. You know the drill: watch your diet, exercise regularly, quit smoking, etc.
7. Have a sense of purpose. If your purpose is not clear to you, here is a way to find clues: List different life areas (such as physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) and ask “What will fill my life with value in this area?” Choose a few values that you are most passionate about and plan specific steps to increase them. Also think of actions you can take with your talents and skills to contribute to the world and add value to life.
8. Enjoy expression of spirituality in some form. Embrace spirituality with activities that deepen it, join or expand participation with a church community.
The advice in this book is actually helpful for anyone to follow, working or not! But if retirement is in your future, a good way to prepare for it is to follow this prescription.
I recently read the book “Happy For No Reason” by Marci Shimoff. The many charts about choosing expansion over contraction were terrific. I was inspired to put them on a photo cube template from HP to make a Happy For No Reason Photo Cube. The HP template is a little small for the photo cube I found, so I needed to cut them out to paste on the inner cube.
With the Photo Cube Companion, you can track time spent on four main areas of development: Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual.
This is a wonderful tool to clarify what you want to do with your life:
Pave Your Life Roadmap at Idea Sandbox
The radar diagram in pdf-a visual map of how you are doing at filling your life with value.
The Life Roadmap Plan in doc-a way to get specific in each life area about what will fill your life with value and how you will bring this into your life. I adjusted it a bit to fit my understanding. Under “enabling activities” I thought in terms of specific action steps that can be done right now: map.pdf
2. Use the life roadmap to plan steps for specific goals to increase value.
3. Choose three values/themes that you are most passionate about to focus on.
Personal Development System
Part Two: Relationship Tracker Cards relationshipset.pdf
This set includes four cards:
1. list your main primary and secondary relationships.
2. fill out a contact card for each of the relationships you listed.
3. conversation starter card.
4. an emotional account card to track loving actions.