I’m posting a series called the Positive Living Practice to highlight services or products by individuals, organizations, or companies that can help us to achieve a more happy and fulfilling life. These services or products can be incorporated into our Positive Living Practice of health, wealth, and happiness. By “health,” I mean good physical, mental, and spiritual health. For “wealth,” I define it as time, knowledge, and ideas. And “happiness” is the wonderful joy we get from gratitude, compassion, and love.
I use the Positive Living Practice together with a practice I created for myself while I was in college to help me in achieving my goals. Until now, I didn’t have a name for it, so I’ll name it now as the “Stages Practice” in which my life is categorized by major stages in development in a timeline. Each year is listed under a stage number and under each year, I have all the major things I’ve learned, experienced, accomplished, or failed. Under future years, I list all my biggest goals. Basically, the “Stages program” is my plan for my entire life. In a separate document I list my New Year’s Resolutions, which are goals that help me to reach my largest goals in my “Stages Practice.” To achieve my New Year’s Resolutions, I have a task list that I have for each day of the year, and I calendar my tasks in my daily schedule. To encourage myself to achieve tasks, yearly resolutions, and stage goals, I reward myself with something when I achieve a certain percentage of my yearly resolutions. Within the yearly resolutions, I have quarterly benchmarks and special benchmarks to encourage me to keep working hard towards those yearly resolutions. I reward myself for reaching quarterly or special benchmarks. For example, right now I’m working hard on a special benchmark I created, and I will reward myself with a haircut if I achieve it.
Basically, the Positive Living Practice and Stages Practice is a practice that I try hard to do every day. From a young age, I understood, the Stages Practice, but I’ll be honest, I’m still trying to be better at the Positive Living Practice. Reaching our goals isn’t that special without happiness, and failure of course is more bearable when you have a positive outlook on life. One day I feel like I’m on top of the world, then another day, I’m trying to figure it out. In life, there will be ups and downs. The strategy I’m sharing with you has helped me withstand the “downs” and bring me back up. Succeeding forward and failing forward are equally powerful in our quest for health, wealth, and happiness.