The 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.
- 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