Sunday, June 14, 2009

Curious about Lifestyle: Is Your Lifestyle Fulfilling Your Dreams and Goals? Or Do You Need a New and/or Different Lifestyle?

A lifestyle is what you pay for; a life is what pays you.” - Thomas Leonard, American businessman

My definition of success is to live your life in a way that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure and very little pain - and because of your lifestyle, have the people around you feel a lot more pleasure than they do pain.” - Tony Robbins, American author

I chose the theme of “Lifestyle” for this week’s blog, because I love my life and lifestyle. I realize, however, that there are many people who don’t have a lifestyle that brings them happiness and fulfillment. They have work that they don’t enjoy – even detest – and are dissatisfied with their surroundings and the people in their life.

I feel strongly that whether or not we have wealth and material possessions, if we are not passionate and in love with our lives and lifestyles, we should investigate how we can make it better.

One of my favorite Internet gurus, Yanik Silver, wrote today about “Big Lists” in his blog. He wrote, “And that's everything you want to see, experience, people you want to meet, things you want to own, accomplishments, etc. etc. It's a great exercise to write up your own.” Once you have this on paper, or in a bound journal, you can start to re-adjust your lifestyle to make sure you accomplish everything on your list.

As you can imagine, I found many excellent quotations from the experts:
  • I think one can achieve a very pleasant lifestyle by treating human beings, fellow human beings, very well.” - Rene Rivkin, Australian businessman
  • I thought, you know the food and the diet thing is one way to start yourself onto a healthy lifestyle, but if you don't move, if you don't start exercising you're gonna deteriorate.” -Warren Cuccurullo, American musician
  • I'd like to provide information, inspiration, and access to whatever goods and services are needed to make it super easy for everyone to change their lifestyle to a sustainable one.” - Daryl Hannah, American actress
  • The lifestyle that an artist can have, the freedom to wander in the landscape with no real pressure or deadlines, was a very attractive one.” - John Dyer, Welsh poet
  • It's the kind of clothes that mothers and daughters can wear, in terms of concept... It's not about age. It's about taste, and it's about lifestyle. I believe women of all ages can wear anything.” - Ralph Lauren, American designer
  • Well, jazz is to me, a complete lifestyle. It's bigger than a word. It's a much bigger force than just something that you can say. It's something that you have to feel. It's something that you have to live.” - Ray Brown, American musician

I suggest you think about your lifestyle. Also, have the fun of making a big list. I am going to, even though I have already been doing a re-evaluation of my direction.

And, then two more quotations to think about that can set the mood and inspiration for you.

Adopting a new healthier lifestyle can involve changing diet to include more fresh fruit and vegetables as well as increasing levels of exercise.” - Linford Christie, British athlete

However, lifestyle intervention requires discipline with a tangible end result that is within reach. It requires personal resolve, a lifelong commitment.” - Tim Holden, American politician