The late and wonderful Jim Rohn’s philosophy and teaching continues to be a source of inspiration for me. I pretty much recommend everything you can get your hands on that Jim has written or produced.
I’ve just finished reading one of Jim’s books that I’ve been meaning to read for some time and I’m so glad that I did. The book is “The Five Major Pieces To The Life Puzzle” and it’s a cracker of a read.
Regular readers of my blog and audience members of my conference presentations will know that I am a fan of what I call ‘simple wisdom’ – that is, advice that is inescapable in it’s truth. Jim’s book is beautifully written, easy to follow and full of inescapable truths.
His five major pieces to life’s puzzle are:
When we work on our personal philosophy – the values and principles upon which we will hold ourselves accountable, we grow in character, self belief, confidence and pride. When we work on being better, rather than wishing life was better, we have more resilience to deal with the everyday ups and downs that life will inevitably deal us.
When we work on our attitude, the way we ‘feel’ about ourselves, others, our situation and our potential and possibilities, we create more opportunities and more opportunities for success and relationships that will help us be successful will become even more evident to us.
When we commit to intentional activity that is goal supporting and not goal obstructive – the simple disciplines repeated daily will lead us to even more success and happiness. That means we do need to set goals for the immediate and long term.
Something I really like in this book by Jim is his advice to make our decisions with one eye on the future at all times. Will the decision and action we’re about to make and take, help us to achieve our long term goals, or just satisfy an immediate ‘want’ that won’t really add to our overall and longer term sense of well being or happiness?
A focus on achieving results and being a result producing person will continually build on our own sense of pride and self belief. Over time our results are our score card and our score card doesn’t lie. What does your score card, your results tell you about yourself? Your results today and your choices, decisions and actions today and the platform for your future results.
And finally, Jim gets us to focus on Lifestyle. Again, simple disciplines repeated daily (an apple a day, rather than a chocolate a day) – each simple discipline affects others and repetition creates habits. Lifestyle is a choice and a combination of each of the other four major pieces to the life puzzle. It is not just about money – in fact, it’s about what we choose to do with what we have, and what we choose to do, to become who we need to be and do what we need to do to live an even more happy, flourishing and prosperous life.
The personal legacy of Jim Rohn’s work is that he continues to be an inspirational and aspirational leader and mentor in my life.
As always, I personally invite you to join the intentionomics conversation and let me know what you think.