Living a life of efficiency

6.1.16 - Living a life of efficiencyThe decisions we make everyday either keep us at our Current Status or move us towards our Preferred Status. However, it is possible to make the “right” decisions but expend more energy than is necessary, which brings longevity of those efforts into question. What’s the point of getting there if we can’t stay there?

Effectiveness is defined as successful in producing a desired or intended result. Efficiency is defined as achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense. I would only point out the obvious that efficiency preserves resources and promotes sustainability of our efforts.

If I could choose to have the body of my dreams by working out intensely everyday and creatively starving myself OR leading a movement-based lifestyle and consuming foods that I love that create and sustain energy, I’d choose the latter…and so would you! This isn’t being lazy; we are instinctually hard-wired to live life efficiently.

So how can we start to intentionally live a life of efficiency—putting in the least amount of effort but getting the most amount of reward?

– Knowing your WHY

Roy Disney says: “It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” Getting clear on your WHY, the authentic drivers behind your behaviors, is key to lasting motivation, contentment and fulfillment. The alternative is to go through the motions of life as a mind-numbing experience, hoping to find joy and happiness at the elusive “next-level.”

– Planning and preparation

Ben Franklin says: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” To wake up unprepared, without a plan each day is to insert as much inefficiency into your life as is possible. Many times we avoid planning because it’s hard, we have to think, it feels like we’re fixin’ to get ready and it delays instant gratification. The trade-off for planning and preparation is long-term satisfaction.

– Establishing a framework for making choices

Tony Robbins says: “It is your decisions, and not your conditions, that determine your destiny.” Each decision you make either reinforces who you are or redefines who you want to be. If you make the “right” decision because you have to or because it’s the “right thing to do”, you’ll never find joy in life. Do it because opportunity is calling you to become who you ought to be.

Consider:

  • What do I value in life and how can I express my values each day?
  • What am I up against tomorrow and are the demands of my schedule greater than the resources I possess today?
  • How can I create a little space for myself to feel good at the end of tomorrow?
  • What does courage look like when I have the opportunity to change or stay the same?
  • Am I trying to do this all on my own and in my own strength or is there something above me or beyond me that I can plug into?

Less is more, life is simply complex and “simplicity is the soul of efficiency!” Austin Freeman

 

“I develop people and their waistlines follow.” Michael Rizk, Condition for Life

Just get out of the way

5.31.16 - Just get out of the wayMarianne Williamson writes: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”

What an incredible way to invite change into your life. This means we no longer have to try to change, it no longer has to be a grind or a chore; we must simply allow change to happen and our personal growth will manifest.

Engaging your physicality, consuming nourishing foods, prioritizing rest and other constructive behaviors are decisions that express our power over fear and our triumph over inadequacy.

If you’re living life as your own worst enemy or biggest critic, just get out of the way. Let your light shine, let love through and let your behaviors express your values.

Before acting, contemplate:

  • How does the brightest version of myself look, feel, act, love, live and learn?
  • What fears or doubts get in the way of my ability to love myself?
  • Instead of trying to change, how can I allow change to manifest in my life?

“Transformation has little to do with intelligence, willpower, or perfection. It has everything to do with honest humility, willingness, and surrender.” Richard Rohr

Staying busy, staying the same

trees_0It’s rare I come across someone who is living life at their Preferred Status, where they want to be. It’s also rare I come across someone who isn’t busy. Busy is the perfect scapegoat for staying exactly the same, for maintaining the status quo and for living a life of mediocrity.

Busy is a form of hiding, of hesitating, of resisting all that you are capable of becoming. We often confuse frantic motion for productive action. When we’re busy, we’re living an urgent life, which makes it incredibly difficult to address the important matters that matter. Please don’t confuse busy for productive because one grows and one stays the same.

You need three things to make any sustainable change in your life: presence, time and effort. Lets hone in on time. You have to make time to make change. In other words, it won’t happen on its own. Simply thinking about change isn’t enough. You must pair your desire to change with the all of the resources time has to offer.

You have two choices: spend time or invest time. You spend time on activities that reinforce who you already are. You invest time in activities that redefine you according to who you want to be. When your behaviors reinforce your Current Status, you’re living in fear. When your behaviors redefine your Preferred Status, you’re living in love.

Question: Do you love and believe in yourself enough to engage constructive, love-based actions? The answer to this question is found in your behaviors. According to your daily decisions, rate yourself on a 1-10 love and belief scale. 1 is low, 10 is high.

Thought-provoking questions:

  1. Am I being honest with myself about the reality of my Current Status?
  2. Am I aware of how I got here and am I curious enough to learn more about my Preferred Status?
  3. Do I have the resources necessary to move from my Current to Preferred Status?
  4. What obligations or commitments can I step away from to create space for making change?
  5. What activities can I engage to move my love and belief meter up just one point?

Making an investment of time in yourself is relative to your measure of worth. Preferred Status living is truly a matter of creating opportunities that express how much you love and believe in yourself. When you can do that, you’re there.

Measuring Scale

The following is a guest blog post from Condition for Life Client, Cindy Zimmer, that was inspired by a recent 30 Day Challenge she completed regarding her outlook on the value of the scale.

About 15 years ago, I had a job working with startups who wanted to outsource their CFO and related financial services. They were all about focusing on their “core competencies” – that special thing, that uncompromising passion or what Simon Sinek calls their Why behind their What.

One of the reasons they wanted to outsource was to help them scale. They wanted to be as lean as possible so they could move quickly to develop their product, get to market, issue their IPO and then have all the resources they needed to achieve their dream – aka live their Why.

What I learned in working with them was that the only ones who achieved scale were those who didn’t use it as their metric. Yes, mastering the scale was ultimately a piece of their success, but it wasn’t the driver behind their efforts – it was an outcome of the strategy they crafted, tweaked and embraced every step of the way.

For almost my entire 48 years, I’ve let scales of all shapes and sizes dictate a large part of my self-worth, impacting the Why behind my What. But why? That fact is, in so many aspects of our lives, we are conditioned to believe that our value equates to a number: our salaries, the number of vacations we take, how many cars we own, our retirement portfolios, our pant’s size – and, of course, how much we weigh. You don’t have to look far to find a marketing message centered on the latest “magic formula” to lose six pounds in six minutes or workout every day for 30 seconds to achieve the body of your dreams. It’s no wonder the scale has so much power and influence – just like those investors my old clients wanted to attract.

When I think back to those mornings when I’d step on the scale, I remember clearly how I felt – frustrated, disappointed, excited, proud – all because of a number…whether it went up or down. Even if I’d stayed off for weeks, and the number went down, I remember feeling it should’ve been more…I should have done more…what can I do differently today, tomorrow, this week? It didn’t matter that I’d had a stressful few weeks at work or that my best friend was in the hospital or that I hadn’t gotten more than 6 hours of sleep for a few nights in a row. No, at the moment I was on the scale, I let that number define me –  but not anymore.

What I’ve learned is that when we judge ourselves according to the scale, we give power to something that doesn’t deserve it. The scale measures a gravitational force – that’s it. It doesn’t recognize the thoughtful decisions I’m making every day around the true aspects of my personal Environment, the core pillars of what I’ve learned as a client at Condition for Life: Fuel & Nourishment, Movement & Exercise, Relationships & Support, Rest & Recovery and how I’m managing Stress. These are the metrics by which I now create my life. Not because the life I have is bad, but because I want one that’s richer. One that’s filled with a deeper capacity to love, to learn and to serve. And that can only come through measuring the things that truly matter – not a generic scientific principle.

Today, the scale no longer holds my destiny. In fact, my scale recently found itself in the recycling bin. I’m excited that now my scale, like me, will be transformed into something so much more than it could have ever imagined. Now, that’s a value worth measuring.  — CZ

I know what to do, I just don’t do it

images-7I know what to do, I just don’t do it.

Possibly but there’s more to doing than knowing.

There’s one consideration between awareness and action.

Accountability is required to turn the notion into the motion.

Accountability takes courage, a lot of it.

Better to say I’m scared, confused or unsure than I know.

Say you don’t know what to do but you’re going to try anyways.

I can get my head, my hands and my heart around a statement like that.

 

The mindset driving change

Change basicsWhat do you fear about change? Fear of the unknown? Fear of failure? Fear of success? Fear of maintaining?

Many times, fear is driven by the UN’s of change: uncertainty, unpredictability, unfamiliarity, etc. but the lack of change is usually driven by your mindset.

With regards to change…

What’s your default approach? Balanced or Extreme

What are your expectations? Perfectionism or 80/20

Are you building failure into the process? Yes or No

When you fail, are you Learning or Numbing?

How do you measure success? Efforts or Outcome

What’s your tempo? Steady or Rapid

How do you treat yourself? Compassionate or Critical

What do you believe about yourself? Worthy or Worthless

When stressed, which choice do you make? Instant gratification or Long-term satisfaction

When life throws you a curve ball? Dig-in or Check-out

If where you are today is not where you want to be, that’s OK, awareness is the first step in making change. The next step is being accountable to your choices. And the last is choosing yourself.

“Change is inevitable but growth is optional.” John C. Maxwell