I want to live a good life and I also want to live the good life and while they are definitely related, there is a world of difference between “a” good life and “the” good life.
One describes a life of meaning, purpose, fulfillment and giving back; the spiritual dimension of life if you will. The other relates more toward the physical side of life, perhaps safety/security/love first then comfort/happiness/contentment and achievement/success.
Covey speaks of both personal power and positional power. The first is knowledge, wisdom, self-control, internal achievements that can never be taken away; the second refers to our jobs, degrees, material possession, external things which can vanish in a flash.
Both assist us in becoming our best self and the surest path forward is to work on both concurrently. Furthermore, the strongest first step toward either is cultivating self-awareness, increasing our internal consciousness, for it creates a solid foundation to develop all other aspects of our being.
We can enrich our self-knowledge by journaling, reflecting back upon our days in search of insights and understanding, reading related literature and seeking out friends and companions who give us honest feedback.
“Explore thyself. Herein are demanded the eye and the nerve.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung
“I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.” – Billie Jean King
“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness… you are not going to get very far.” – Daniel Goleman
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier