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December 7, 2012 / Dale Melchin

The Cylinders of Life and Why your Life Must Run on All Of Them

Your life is like a car.  It runs on several interrelated systems.  The internal ones are your body, your mind, and your emotions, and your spirit.   The external ones are your relationships, your finances, your career, and your personal development (hybrid b/c it relates to the mind).

As we’ve talked about before in my previous post 7 Keys to a Successful Life you have to have all of these areas working properly in order to sustain success over the long term.

If you make a million dollars from selling, but you pay no mind to your body you aren’t going to be able to enjoy that wealth for every long.

If you work out all the time, but pay no attention to developing your mind or working you may have an excellent physique, but you’ll be dumber than a rock and poor to boot.  If you develop only your mind you may be really intelligent, but you’ll be fat and socially awkward, also broke.

I could go on and on.  Most of us do not consciously neglect other areas of our lives.  The thing we must truly learn to understand is that all of these areas play off of each other and each is absolutely vital to the development of the other.

The best possible thing you can do is pay attention to the cylinders of your life.  Make sure they are firing as needed.  You will be happier, make more money, and just enjoy life when you are doing all of these things.

The way you accomplish this is to begin with the end in mind.  Think about the results that you want in each area of your life and then work backwards to plan them out.  Then create day to day operations, routines or systems to make sure that it happens.  Be sure to account for possible disruptions and what you will do to get back on track.

I know I make this stuff sound easy.  The truth is its not easy, its simple.   There is a difference.  Sometimes we fight with ourselves and old habits to get things done.  However, in response to that Calvin Coolidge said that “Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”  This is one aspect of our human nature that connects us with our Creator.

What would paying attention to neglected areas or repairing those neglected areas make possible for you?

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