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Life 7.0--Creating a Life With Meaning

You can be different tomorrow from how you are today.

Allyson Lewis, 06/23/2010

Life 7.0 involves deciding to be different. It's a simple mindset of recognizing that change is possible and that change is often made up of tiny actions that you decide to carry out on a daily basis.

Life 7.0 is a process of moving from where you are today to where you want to be in the future. At the same time you settle into a deep understanding that while your future self may be calling you forward, it is only today in which we really have the opportunity to live and breathe.

Here is what a journey to Life 7.0 might look like:

Life 0.0: Unaware
Life 0.0 is where you wake up in the morning, you get dressed, kiss your kids and your spouse goodbye, spend eight or nine hours doing a good job, hop back in your car and fight your way through traffic, spend a few unremarkable hours at home, kiss your family good night, and do it all again tomorrow.

Days become months, months become years, and life passes you by. You have a vague sense that there might be something more to life, but the regular duties, demands, and distractions of your current life have left you completely unaware of the possibilities that a meaningful life offers.

Life 1.0: Conscious Awareness
Then something external happens: You wake up one morning and there is a line in the sand . . . your health changes, you hear bad news from a friend, or you experience something incredibly positive that touches your heart, and somehow you instantly become aware of your life circumstances. During these defining moments it becomes abundantly clear you can have more--more hope, more joy, more purpose, more meaning. You can have a life that matters.

With nothing more than a tiny seed of awareness, your brain jolts into gear. Thoughts spread over you, fill you, inspire you, drive you forward.

Life 2.0: Motivation
For the first time in a long time you find yourself motivated to make some changes in your life. On this morning, you wake up before your alarm clock goes off. You feel an energy you had forgotten. Your mind races with goals and aspirations. It is at this point you begin to believe something is happening. You believe you can be different. You feel different.  You even view your time differently. You begin to see the hours in your day as your most important ally. Because you have much to accomplish and time is a commodity, you will have to prioritize the values that are most important to you. Your faith, family, health, work, goals, dreams--everything is coming into clearer focus. This newfound clarity intensifies your motivation.

Life 3.0: Growing and Learning
If you want to be different tomorrow than you are today--then, YOU must be different. You now decide you can't remain the same. Growing and learning produce knowledge and understanding. As you grow, your brain begins to create. It imagines; it literally "pours forth new ideas." As you grow, you change, which brings with it a sense of newness.

You rededicate yourself to learning new skills and gaining new knowledge. You read books, listen to audio series, attend conferences, and spend time with friends and mentors, who are thrilled to collaborate and challenge you to grow. Learning is a lifelong process.

Life 4.0: Engaged
Success breeds success. Newton's first law of motion is that an object in motion stays in motion--and you are definitely in motion. You are surprising yourself at how your time seems to be expanding. You've found time and energy to engage in your work like it was all new again. You have found the time to exercise, and you are spending more time with the people you love.

Engaged is a compelling word . . . think of an engine's gears engaging and pushing you forward. When was the last time you were swept away by life? It feels great to be engaged with your work and your life.

Life 5.0: Perseverance
Of course, life is life. All of this sounds so easy and then another event happens in your life--it kicks you in the teeth and takes your breath away. It stops you in your tracks and now you face a bigger choice. Will you persevere?

There is no doubt you will be confronted with difficult circumstances. 

Do you have the grit and determination to move beyond the hard times life brings? These challenges may prove to be the most important turning points in your life.

Life 6.0: Flow
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi coined the term "flow" in his book, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Flow explains the framework for how you experience at your optimal level. It suggests that you have prioritized what is most important, that you are living in perfect alignment with your goals and values, that you are using your gifts and talents in a way that stretches you to the utmost of your abilities--and, deep within your heart that you believe the work you are doing matters and makes the world a better place. In flow, life is fulfilled with purpose, creativity, hope, and meaning. In flow, you not only feel alive--you feel fully alive.

Living life at an optimal level at which the goals you have set and the daily results you are achieving are constantly pulling you forward would be an amazing and wondrous ideal. Who could hope for more than a life lived in this zone of flow?

Life 7.0: Giving
Up until now, this journey has been about self awareness. But, what if you could take it one step further?

We believe that true Life 7.0 begins when you discover that you now have grown to a point at which you have much to give back.

You are fully aware of your purpose. You have organized your life around priorities that matter, and you reach a point where you are able to turn much of your time and energy to making the world a better place. Life 7.0 is built on a foundation of love and trust.

Life 7.0 is a lifelong journey. Aspiring to it calls us forward. Life 7.0 is a life of destiny work and can lead to a legacy of hope. It is a life worth seeking, it is a life of meaning, and, even better, it is a life worth sharing.

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