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May 31, 2024

How To Make The Most Out Of Life

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At the end of the day, what's personal development and self-improvement for? Abraham Maslow says, it’s “To become all that we can be” in pursuit of our fullest potential.

But why is even that important?

I believe It’s because there’s nothing more fulfilling, purposeful, and blissful than feeling like we gave life all we’ve got and made the absolute most of it.

Bronnie Ware is known for popularizing the number one regret of the dying, which is “they wish they would have lived a life true to themselves, and not the life others expected of them.” Making the most out of life certainly involves having as little regret as possible.

More realistically, a good life is made up of good decades, which come from good good years, good months, good weeks, and good days. And even further, good days all boil down to the only thing in our control, which is the present moment. To tie the loose ends together, a good life is fueled by good moments.

The best way to explain the emphasis we should have on our lifestyle choices is the greek word “arete”, which roughly translates to moment to moment excellence, or virtue.

To live with “arete” means to act in alignment with the best version of ourselves and in service of our potential.

The problem is, it’s incredibly difficult to have the consciousness required to constantly be evaluating your choices. We haven’t reached the levels of enlightenment required to be fully aware of what’s happening at all times...

So instead we reflect on the variety of choices we make, and the excellence and virtue we live with, in daily cycles. That’s why it’s common for people to bundle it all together in an attempt to “win the day”.

Our daily performance is the most reliable unit of evaluation we have, and the quality of our daily review impacts the quality we bring to every moment.

If you don’t have a foundational performance tracking routine, this is the greatest opportunity you have for personal growth. You can’t improve what you don't measure.

It’s the reason I call it the Meta Habit - it's the habit that catalyzes all other habits - and if you can learn all about it as one of the 9 Super Habits by clicking here!

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