It's difficult to make good decisions in the present without having a vision of a bigger, more meaningful future – Lee Brower
The blog post below by Eric Barker mentions much of the research that I've used to support the The Empowered Wealth Mindset. Taking Barkers 6 secrets and filtering them through our lens, I've come up with the following 5 tips:
1. Be with and make friends
The Grant study that Barker cites makes it clear that social connections and "the capacity to love and be loved" is what's most highly correlated with happiness.
2. Focus on and express your Unique Ability
The Strategic Coach concept of Unique Ability can be a manifestation of the "flow state" that Barker illustrates in the graphic where high skill meets high challenge. What the graphic doesn't capture that Unique Ability does is the experience of excitement and engagement, of really enjoying what one is doing, as opposed to being excellent at something but having no passion for it.
3. Have an entrepreneurial, not an employee, mindset
Think of the acronym that I use G.R.A.V.E.L.:
Be resilient, have Grit; take responsibility for your own results and future; have a bias towards action; focus on value creation for others; be highly ethical in what you seek to do; commit to lifelong learning
4. Be a giver, not a taker (but be conscious of how and when you give)
Barker's post focuses on the benefits of volunteering for two hours a week, 100 hours a year vs. volunteering more or less. What volunteering doesn't consider is "contribution" and how giving can take forms other than volunteering. While "chunking" vs. "sprinkling" is supported by Adam Grant's research, I think that the message is to contribute in "chunks", rather than all the time to one's own self-detriment.
5. Strive for both happiness and meaning, giving priority to meaning
The Empowered Wealth concept "Living Legacy" can help to clarify what I mean by this. In an earlier post, Barker mentioned this exercise developed by Richard Wiseman:
Imagine your funeral. After a long, happy, rewarding life, the end has come. What do you want the people who love you to be saying about you? About what you accomplished? About the difference you made in their lives?
By asking "What small step can I take today that would move me towards that vision?" (i.e., Motion Theory), we have a way of translating our visions for a meaningful life into "Living Legacy", creating a better world for those who follow in a way that's personally meaningful.
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