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What is The Good Life Manifesto
There’s a day I remember from when I was 17. My mom was in the kitchen and I was just wandering around the house aimlessly. I went up to her and told her that I wanted someone to simply tell me what to do, which decisions to make, etc. She looked at me, smiled and said “I understand. We all want to have the answers to everything. But that’s not the way it works because each person’s answers are different. Learn to make your own.”
I was always an avid reader. So I started reading a lot of books to give me more tools for life. I did not realize it at the time, but I was lucky to have been given a lot of incredible tools to lead a good life as a kid. But you know what they say: the grass is always greener on the other side.
These books though really helped me by giving me a lot of food for thought.
I remember having read “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and for me, the one big lesson from that book was “In between stimulus and response man has the ability to choose”. I really worked on internalizing that idea and the change it made in me was huge. I wasn’t as reactive to everything. I would take the time to think about events before deciding on what my next action should be. And that was the beginning of my understanding that though the answers are not the same for everyone, there are certain commonalities that should be used as guiding principles to improving ourselves and our situations, whatever they may be.
There is one thing about which I am a bit obsessive - tracking and analyzing. Most people have to push themselves to track the information whereas I need to hold myself back from making a note about everything. Why is this important? Because I started tracking everything. I tracked my habits, my emotional reactions, the people around me and the outcomes to everything. I had notebooks that detailed certain commonalities between all of my lows, all of my highs and the paths in-between the two. But I didn’t realize this yet at the time.
When I decided to start The Good Life Manifesto, I realized that this notebook should be the basis of it all. And so I spent months going over it all and finding the guiding principles. I also started noticing that a lot of lessons from my childhood were actually incredible tools that could be used as guiding principles.
All of the information you will find, whether in the blog, in the courses, in the ebooks, etc., all of it is based on these guiding principles, which I have used to get myself out of some incredibly low lows and use the highs to prepare myself for the eventual downturns (life is a cycle, it’s normal). I have used these same principles to help clients improve their own situations - in their personal lives and their businesses.
Get the Latest & Recommended articles in your InboxThe idea behind The Good Life Manifesto is not to try and give you a rigid set of rules to abide by and to define for you what a good life is. That would be preposterous and wrong. What is a good life for one is a hell on earth for another. The idea behind The Good Life Manifesto is to help you find what’s right for you by taking the philosophies of great minds, the experiences of many individuals and putting it all together as a set of guidelines for you to lead a good life for you.
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Any facts, figures or references stated here are made by the author & don't reflect the endorsement of iU at all times unless otherwise drafted by official staff at iU. This article was first published here on 22nd February 2021.