The National Geographic made a study of communities around the world where people live exceptionally long lives. They found nine common elements among those communities. They were things like an active lifestyle, a low-fat diet, a supportive ohana and living with purpose.
For me, living with purpose is most important. One of the things I want to do is to help people be more resilient personally and financially. Futurists and project managers define a future scenario they want to accomplish. Then they work backward to break the project down into measurable steps. When you check off an accomplishment, you know you are moving towards your goal and it motivates you to continue.
Living with purpose will lead to a happier, longer, and more productive life. I talked with people from the Blue Zone Project. We discussed living with purpose and some of the other things you can do to live longer, better and achieve those things that are important to you. Check out our conversation by clicking here.
No one knows how much time they will have on this earth. It is up to us to make good use of the time we have. If someone wants you to do something and you cannot say, “Hell YES, I want to do this” give them a polite “NO.”
I am a strong believer in living my life with purpose and with resilience. Knowing your reason for being is important because your purpose should guide everything you do. If a goal you have set is not consistent with your reason for living, you are on the wrong track. If your purpose and your values are not in alignment with what you have to do at work, you have the wrong job.
Being resilient is important for two reasons:
Being resilient prepares you to respond to opportunities.
Being resilient means you can spring back from adversity quickly.
There are three aspects to resilient living:
Opportunity When you see an opportunity you want to pursue, become an expert on the subject. Study everything you can about the opportunity. Then share your new ability with others. You must create a team of fans who want to know what you know and some of whom will want to work with you.
Preparedness You must prepare to deal with whatever life throws your way. Think about the risks you face. What will you do when a natural disaster strikes? Can you deal with an accident? How will you deal with a serious illness? The answer boils down to having the supplies financial resources you need to respond and recover.
Income Taking advantage of an opportunity and preparing for emergencies depends on having an adequate income. If you are living paycheck to paycheck your choices are limited.
Plan to carry out your purpose
Successful people know what they want to do in their lives and, They have a written plan to guide the steps they must take to succeed. When you define your purpose, you priorities will change.
Make sure you keep balance in your life. People’s lives are complex. Understand what is important in you life.
You have many demands on your life:
I try to assign a day of the week when I will devote a couple of hours a day to one of the things that is important to me.
Sunday for faith.
Saturday Home and family.
Monday and Wed my business.
Tuesday, Community Service.
You get the idea. It is only a guide. I usually have to shift things around, but it helps me be sure important things are not neglected.
IMPLEMENTING YOUR PLAN
When you first start implementing your plan you may have to do everything yourself. I guarantee that will not be the most efficient use of your time.
Is yard work something you enjoy or something you must do. How about washing your windows? Do you do it because you cannot afford to hire someone to do it for you? How are you going to do what is important to you, if you constantly have to do things that are not important? If you want to do more, you are either going to have to delegate cutting the lawn to your kids or hire a yard service. If you cannot do either you will have to set priorities. Cut the lawn once a month instead of once a week and devote the other 6 hours to more important things.
Time is the one resource in your life that you cannot store. You can spend your time watching TV, playing with your kids or building your business. How you spend your time determines what you do with your life.
USE YOUR TIME WITH PURPOSE AND LIVE A LONGER, HAPPIER MORE FULFILLED LIFE.
The 21st Century workforce is changing faster than could ever be imagined.
Globalization and new technology are changing the kinds of jobs that are available. Manufacturing jobs are being replaced by smart machines. Cash register clerks will be sensors that know what you took off the shelf and charge your credit card as you leave the store. No lines and no waiting. Truck drivers will be replaced by self-driving trucks. How is your job going to be affected? If your work is routine and repetitive, it will be gone in 10 years.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights.
December 10 was International Human Rights Day
Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.
It is to the world, what the Bill of Rights is to the United States of America. Like our Bill of Rights, the UDHR sets guidelines for all human rights and is the basis for international law. In this time of chaos, the Declaration provides a guideline for how all humanity must treat each other.
Dateline 11/27/16 The sermon today was based on the Golden Rule and how we might respond to a Trump Presidency.
There are two reasonable scenarios for a Trump Presidency:
We know he is a man with a thirst for power and an admiration for the leadership style of strongmen like Putin. Will he push this country toward a police state? We will have to wait and see.
I think it is more likely he will move towards letting the States make the decision as to what is import to them. In which case, Progressives will have to be well organized and work hard to maintain the values they believe in. Effective local political action will be vital.
What state you live in is going to have a profound effect on your life. In the south, we could easily see the return of Jim Crow and the privatization of the public school system.
The Golden Rule is a fundamental belief in nearly all religions. We have to continue to base our action on our values and on our beliefs.
With Republicans controlling the Congress, Judiciary and the Presidency, lobbying the Federal Government is probably a waste of time. Mr. Trump will eliminate Federal support for anything that interferes with unrestricted business. He will privatize our school system, defund the Office of Environmental Quality, Commercialize our National Parks and make the Forest Service business first. In short, President Trump will undo everything I have worked all my life for.
We must continue to work for the community we believe in at the local level in our State and County Governments, and we must do so without expecting help from the Federal Government. That could have major impacts on Hawaii where one-third of our economy depends on the Federal Government.
In a world of uncertainty, we must be prepared to take care of ourselves and our families. Think about what could happen and how likely it is to happen. How bad will it be when it does happen. Now, plan to respond.
In all things, we must live by our values. Values guide our conscience. Our values form our character. Values are the Golden Rule and the 10 Commandments, Our values are things like honesty, loyalty, helping others, or our values may be making money, winning, destroying you opposition and cheating the sucker. Values guide how we live and how we relate to others. If you value helping others and you have a job selling cigarettes, you need to find another job.
Ever notice how people with common values seem to share common interests? You will follow your Pastor. Church leaders teach values, so it would make sense that the Churches followers would have common values. Don’t be afraid to share your values. Sure, some people will be turned off by you. That is OK. They are people who you don’t have anything in common with anyway.
In business, you want to attract a following. These people are your customers and potential customers. Your job is to make them your friends. Friends buy from friends and friends recommend friends. It works the other way too. You are friends with people who share your values. Associate with people who have accomplished what you want to accomplish and learn from them how you can live your dreams.
Retirement is about being free to do what you want when you want. It should happen as early in life as possible, and you can do it in a relatively short time. All you need is a business that provides you a good income with minimal work on your part.
When choosing the kind of business you want to create, look for a business model that can produce income far into the future based on work you do today. I chose to work with internet marketing because I can work from anywhere and can control when I work. I have no employees and no inventory and start-up and operating costs are low.
I watch many of my friends lose their purpose when they retire. Their job gave them purpose and identity. Retirement sets them free, but they don’t know what to do with that newfound freedom.
Live your life with purpose.
I had lost my purpose. I had many gigs in the first five years after I retired, but none were satisfying.
Finally, I sat down with pencil and paper, old fashioned I know but I think better that way. I wrote down what I liked to do and what I hated. I decided my niche is helping people live more resiliently. I started building websites and finding companies that pay me commissions to sell their emergency preparedness products. Then I started developing my own products. I learned what to do by trial and error and finally found a couple of mentors who helped avoid mistakes while moving forward.
I will send you a series of notes to help you get started in your new life. We will be your wingman. We cover your back and provide our support. We will help you find your purpose, identify your values and be your navigator on your river of life. You are the Captain. We simply help you stay on course. Manage your career as a business and not just a job. Stay with a job as long as you are learning and growing. Most important your values and you bosses values must be in alignment. When you are no longer in alignment, it is best for both you and your boss for you to either realign with your work or find new work based on your career plan. We recommend you create an independent income that will set you free from having to depend on a job. Then you can fulfill you purpose not your boss’s. I’m not going to try to tell you what to do. I’ll tell you what has worked for me and how you can apply what works in your business. The niche you choose and the companies you choose to work with are up to you. Hopefully, by working together we will help each other avoid mistakes and find ways we can benefit each other.
Do Not Sell stuff just to make money! If you deceive your followers or recommend junk products you will quickly loose the respect of your followers and your business will crash. I have tested the products I recommend. I am affiliated with most of them meaning I get a commission when you buy the product. Do your own research and make your own choices. By working together, we can help each other make good decisions and avoid scams. Share your experiences with us, but please no SPAM. Put your reviews on your website and share your site with us.
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The City will be installing a gravity sewer main on Ha’iku Road from Kahakili Hwy to Kamehameha Hwy. A meeting will be held September 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 at Ha’iku Elementary School to inform the public about the project and to discuss the EA. The official announcement can be viewed by clicking here: haiku-road-bypass-sewer