Have you ever been on an obstacle course and felt sidelined by one of the obstacles and had to jump off the path? Last week in our blog, I shared living a blue life, and today here are the five areas of a Blue Zone Life to Thrive. Does your life feel like an obstacle course? You just want things to be a bit smoother? Isn’t it time to take your life easy without any obstacles?
What’s on the path that overwhelms you? The height of a wall? Being solo on the journey? There’s water and you’re not a swimmer? Or you’re so done with pushing yourself!
No one wants to be in the red, and wouldn’t you rather be in the blue, yes a blue life! There are two things that contribute to your success. Being in the right place at the right time and having the confidence to handle whatever comes your way is definitely being in the blue! Yet, contrary to your success, there are a few factors to master, so you can always be in the Blue.
Yes, I’m talking about blue elixirs. How much do they cost? Hopefully, when they taste good you’ll consume and if they don’t, you’ll take it anyway. I’m sure you’ve heard about the places around the globe where both men and women live to be centenarians, not just aging seniors but vibrant active centenarians. They live in international communities where the local services provided are all you need to live a rich blue life. These are Blue Zones, which author and researcher, Dan Buettner looked for the common lifestyle links around the globe and identified locations described as longevity hotspots. They are in Okinawa, Japan; Icaria, Greece; Sardinia, Italy; and Nicoya, Costa Rica. Are you noticing a pattern here?
How do you respond when you’re called out at work?
Two bricklayers are working alongside one another at a building site. A man walks by and asks one of them what they’re doing.
The first bricklayer replies, “I don’t know and I don’t care. All I do is slap this crummy mortar on these crummy bricks and pile them up in a crummy line.”
The other bricklayer smiles, proudly proclaiming, “I’m helping to build the new cathedral.” We’ve all met people who focus on the “what” they’re doing instead of the “why” they’re doing it. It’s difficult to feel passionate about something when we’re missing the meaning behind what we’re doing and why we’re here.
So why are we here? What’s your purpose?
How a person defines purpose has as much to do with his or her mindset as it does with personal, philosophical, cultural, religious and scientific beliefs.
The Purpose of Knowing Your Purpose Defining purpose in work, life and business is not about the daily tasks, it’s about the reason for the tasks in the first place – the why, not the what. Discovering purpose allows a person to create the vision behind the tasks, and knowing that vision can dramatically change results.
For example, a chef’s purpose is not to cook food – that’s a task. The reason for this task is…
Were you enjoying a Memorial Day cookout with friends? I had the pleasure of visiting with friends I previously worked with. A few of the friends have moved on to the next stage of their lives. The lucky ones said yeah, we’re in retirement. Some by their own choice and others because their position was eliminated and they haven’t found another job yet. The common conversation that came up, how are you feeling about this new chapter? Have you heard from former colleagues?
Life in Paradise
One friend I’ve known over 30 years, it doesn’t seem possible! l asked a few questions about a number of things that have changed in her life. I thought Anna was happy in retirement. She lived in paradise, or a wonderful community in Florida. She’s been a snowbird for the past ten years. This visit was different than previously. She recently stopped her northern snowbird travels.
Can you separate your feelings toward your career and your life outside work? That’s an odd question and I know whatever you’re not happy about at work carries over home. Equally I’ve found many who feel disconnected from their work can’t describe how they feel other than throwing their hands in the air. Why is that? It’s because they’ve learned to cut off their emotions and bury them for so long they can’t describe what emotions they have. Does your career force you into a Jekyll & Hyde personality to cut off your feelings to survive?
What makes your day? What’s your reason for getting through the day? The satisfaction that you’ve done your work and you’re comfortable. You stop thinking about how to manage the rest of your life with ease, it’s not possible now.
Are you driven with purpose? Does the structure of your day provide comfort to know what’s possible? Or are you kidding yourself and can’t think about anything until later and can’t even say when later is?