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3 for the Road Will Make You Safely Arrive

Robert Frost was very good at creating meaningful poetry.  But—it wasn’t just his skill at stringing together poetic phrasing.

Yes, understanding iambic pentameter phrasing in writing poetry was an important skill he possessed.

However, his key to creating deep meaning to his poetry dwelled more in his philosophical understanding of the human condition.

A case in point:  The Road Not Taken.  It is a beautiful, lyrical story of having to make choices during your life.

In fact, if you want to travel successfully along the road of life, you must create your own options as you go.  Then, do your best at choosing the right options all along the way.

Regardless of all the options (roads) you can create in your life, there are three you must include as you travel.

In fact these three roads give you a clear path to what can be considered the ultimate destination:  peace of mind.bieszczady-1153426_1920

First, you have to recognize the importance of developing physically throughout the entire span of your life.

The experts tell us it takes a minimum of 150 minutes of various forms of exercise per week to even begin to establish some reasonable level of physical fitness.  That’s 30 minutes each of 5 days per week.

Don’t take my word for it! Talk to your doctor and then, as appropriate, follow the Nike mantra, “Just Do It!”

But, then, like the Energizer Bunny, “You have to keep going and going and going!”

The second road is exercising the discipline to learn new things throughout your life.

There are several reasons why your acquisition of knowledge throughout life is so important to you.

One thought is the higher up the ladder of knowledge you climb your base of knowledge will grow wider thereby making you more stable in pursuit of your goals.

The content of books and all forms of learning media is nourishment to the human soul. Your acquisition of knowledge through those various learning media is one of life’s greatest gifts.b2ap3_thumbnail_MP900422250

Read! Study! Listen! Watch! Lots!

Finally, the third road is disciplining financially.

When you know you either have or are progressing toward true financial independence it gives you a level of peace of mind that is indescribable.

So, how do you get there? I call it the Rule of Thirds as it relates to financial independence and security.

It states that a third of your income should go toward some form of investment. It can be in your own business; real estate; or other financial products. The point is to build equity in yourself by investing a third of what you earn.

Another third goes toward funding your current lifestyle.

The final third goes toward funding the community’s lifestyle…otherwise known as taxes!

Sound impossible to live by the Rule of Thirds financially?

Well, it’s not! Even if you have to grow into living by the rule over an extended period of time it’s better than not exercising any financial discipline.

Contrast financial security with the empty, stabbing, sinking feeling of financial insecurity or even worse yet, financial dependence.

Think “3” as you travel down the road of your life:

  • Developing Physically
  • Learning New Things
  • Disciplining Financially

They will make for smoother more successful travels along all the other roads you take.

garylogonewbrownsmallDown which road will you take the first step, today?

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Crop of GNCC ShotMindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) provides self-employed people inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps self-employed people better profit through performance.

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