Some Life-Changing Principles to Help You Live Purposefully. – All that I do, think about, and strive to achieve is inspired by one or more of the following principles which have been perfectly articulated by Farnam Street (fs.blog). I hope they offer some clarity about what I’m about, believes, and perhaps some direction as you carve your own path.
That said, here are Farnam Street Five I live by:
- Direction Over Speed: If you’re pointed in the wrong direction, it doesn’t matter how fast you’re traveling. Inversely, if you’re locked on to your desired destination, all progress is positive, no matter how slow you’re going. You’ll reach your goal eventually.
- Live Deliberately: How many of us settle into habits and simply live the same year over and over again, waiting for some future event to occur before we start living? While we wait for that raise or career opportunity or ideal relationship, we tend to forget that life is happening now. Living deliberately is about awareness and purposeful action. If we take the necessary steps to craft each day deliberately, when our final day arrives we’ll be able to look back at a life brimming with joy, fulfillment, and satisfaction. Set time aside today to pursue your dreams. Start today to learn the things you’d like to know. Reach out today to repair that strained relationship. Today, jettison the dead weight that’s holding you down.
- Thoughtful Opinions Held Loosely: How do you respond when you’re faced with facts that contradict a sometimes long-held and cherished belief? Do you update your knowledge database with the new facts, or do you flail about and try to rationalize or refute the new facts so as not to upset the status quo? When we resist that growth or feel threatened by new information, we intentionally or unintentionally filter out evidence that may clash with our current opinions, thus keeping us safe in our ignorance. We sacrifice being correct for being “right.”
- Principles Outlive Tactics: Tactics provide the “what” and the “how.” And just like in football, sometimes that can be enough to get a result. But if you want results no matter how the landscape changes, you must also understand the “why.” By understanding the principles that shape your reality, your “why” will more accurately guide your thoughts and actions.
- Own Your Actions: Owning our actions can be incredibly difficult to do. We aren’t programmed to expose our egos or make ourselves vulnerable when we make mistakes or do something stupid. But one of the most powerful ways to make giant leaps forward in our lives is to not only accept that we’ll screw up but to actively seek out correction when we do.
You can read the full article on Farnam Street