If some or all of your dreams have died, you have to read this!
The 7 Major Areas Of Life.
The tool that will change how you prioritize & accomplish goals forever.
Traditional time management books, goals setting, and business books are very useful, but they just give you the theory on moving things around on your calendar in one or two areas of life. The Quarterly Compass® (QC for short) shows you exactly how to achieve your goals and accomplish your dreams. These are all accomplished through accountability in the seven major areas of life (your "Big Rocks"). The Quarterly Compass is an accountability tool designed to be highly effective for keeping you committed to all of your promises in all seven major areas of your life (explained below). It is so simple it will astonish you, but so specific it will make you more effective than you have ever been before!
Read more about "The Big Rocks".
There is an old saying that goes like this, “The path of least resistance makes rivers, and men, crooked”. Well here we go, taking the straight but long path of bringing your promises into reality, keeping them there, and bringing tremendous success and happiness in the process! Whether you like it or not, these seven areas ARE the big rocks (just like gravity happens whether you like it or not). These are the things you will be remembered for at your funeral.
The Seven Major Areas Of Life!
1. Your Family Life. Anyone related to you with the exception of your spouse.
And while most people think of a spouse as a member of their family, I save your spouse for the category of “Your Lovelife” because it is an entirely different relationship altogether. Your “family” are your children (if you have them), your parents, and your siblings, followed by grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, etc. Having this major area of life in place and in balance with the rest of your life is an integral part of the balance equation.
If you have children you need to be in regular contact with them no matter what has happened between you. Children need the love and support of their parents throughout life. Remember that our children are our children, no matter what. A child is never a reduced member of a family just because he/she gets married, leaves town, or goes astray. If your last name is Smith, are you any less of a Smith because you do one thing or another? No. Has the Smith in you been reduced? No. You are always fully a Smith.
And if you are the child of a wayward parent, re-connecting with your parent is something that may create tremendous space for success in your life. Sometimes just the attempt, even if it does not work out, will create the space you need to move on and live in balance. In the instructions for using the QC you will find over 25 ways that you can, on a regular basis, connect or re-connect with your children, parents, in-laws or any other person who is in your family. You need these connections to be strong and positive in order to have the peace in your life that allows great success to surface.
Before you leave this section, take a moment to think about this deeply… Who in your family needs your regular and undivided attention? Are there things you are doing now that are water or pebbles that are taking the place of this big rock?
2. Your Lovelife. Your relationship with your spouse, fiancée, boy/girlfriend.
This is one that cannot be neglected. Your relationship with this one person is like a muscle and absolutely must be exercised regularly or it will atrophy and die. I believe this one is so important that I have more than 20 different suggestions on things you can do right now to pay deep attention and to grow this relationship in the instructions for using the QC.
You’ve made a huge commitment when you have committed romantically to another person. The blessings that flow from a great relationship are priceless. This is a huge rock, but too many people drop it on their big toe and make no effort to put it back where it needs to be.
The seven areas of life are also like balls you are juggling and each one needs attention all of the time. Six of these balls are like tennis balls and will often bounce back if you happen to drop one of them. The exception is your Lovelife and it is the only ball you are juggling that is breakable. If you drop this one it may shatter. It will also be very hard to clean up while trying to keep the other balls up in the air.
Before you leave this section, take a moment to think about this deeply… Are you giving your spouse, fiancé, boyfriend/girlfriend undivided attention? Are there things you are doing now that are water or pebbles that are taking the place of this big rock?
3. Your Spiritual Life. Your direct relationship with God.
It is clear that God has put you in charge of but one thing and that is your mind. Now you have the opportunity to put yourself in touch with God’s infinite wisdom, power, and goodness, as humans have done throughout the ages. If you believe there is no God, I am not going to argue with you (that is between you and Him), but I must tell you that these words would not be on this page had God, His Son Jesus, and The Holy Spirit not kept me alive through a very dangerous childhood and teen years.
To have a direct connection to God through prayer, reading, and listening is absolutely necessary and cannot be neglected. If you really want to see serious change in your life, even if you have the mindset that God can do nothing for you, try earnestly praying to Him for one month. In that time, just follow two of the more than 30 different suggestions in The Quarterly Compass® instructions to have a direct connection with God, and it will change your life completely! If you already believe, you are miles ahead already in creating the success in your life that you so desperately desire.
I do not have to try and convert you to my faith; God is powerful enough to shift you to His way of thinking all by Himself. Before you leave this section, take a moment to think about this deeply… Are you giving God your undivided attention? Are you connecting with Him? Are there things you are doing now that are water or pebbles that are taking the place of this big rock?
4. Your Friendships. Your relationships with anyone outside of your family.
These are the friends with whom you spend a good deal of time. There may be someone with whom you need to reconnect; or someone you need to get rid of (ouch).
You may have many friends that are in your core group with whom you are still close. Maybe you had a close friend who could always make you laugh and cry all at the same time, but with whom you have fallen out of touch. Most of us can identify with that kind of friend. Reconnecting with this kind of friend is priceless and can open up space in your life and heart to make some tremendous progress toward success. Non-family friendships are big rocks and are crucial to success.
You may have a friend whom you know is hurting you, your other relationships, and your entire life, but you don’t know what to do with that person. Maybe it is time to release that “friendship” and put it on the back burner, or take it completely off of the stove. Whatever the case, I have compiled more than 15 different ways you can re-connect or disconnect with friends in The Quarterly Compass® instructions.
Before you leave this section, take a moment to think about this deeply… Are you giving your friendships undivided attention? Are you giving attention to friendships that you need to get rid of? Are there things you are doing now that are water or pebbles that are taking the place of this big rock?
5. Your Work Life. Your relationship with your profession, job, or business.
As you know, another huge commitment you’ve made is your Work Life and you spend a large percentage of your time working in your chosen profession. If you do not own your own business, there are specific areas you can focus on in your work life that will create lasting positive impact on that business.
The first thing you must concern yourself with is the question, “Am I in the right business or profession?” Remembering the following will help with this decision “Do what you like and you will never have to work.” If you do not like to get up on Monday mornings, then you may want to consider your options for a different career. You may, however, simply need to change your perspective on the work that you are currently doing for you to “like what you do.”
The next thing you must consider if you’re already excited about your profession or business is, “What can I do to have phenomenal success in this area?” Do you need to read more, attend more seminars, listen to more positive podcasts and CDs, get more education, review your numbers more often, meet with your team more often, change your team, or begin expecting more from your team?
As you can read in Your Three Most Important Times (QC members have access to this) I have adapted a model for defining your time within your business and personal life that will help you to get the optimum amount of production out of the time you have in your day. There are three different types of high-quality time that will, when you focus on them, allow you to be super-productive while at work and be super-relaxed while you are off. Using The Quarterly Compass you will create the space in your life to schedule these three kinds of time (In Time, On Time, and Off Time).
Before you leave this section, take a moment to think about this deeply… Are you giving your Work Life undivided attention? Are there things you are doing now that are water or pebbles that are taking the place of this big rock?
6. Your Financial Life. Your relationship with your money.
Wow, now here is the one topic that is like the weather, “Everyone talks about it, but no one does anything about it.” If you are going to sleep better at night, you must pay attention to this topic! Too many people believe that leaving this crucial area of life to chance will not affect them negatively. And I have known Christians who say they think it is "wrong" to focus on this particular area of life. They even try to quote the Holy Bible, but their translation comes out this way, "Money is the root of all evil." But that is a misquote! The Holy Bible actually says, ”For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” 1 Timothy 6:10a (My emphasis on “love.”)
Think about why people get desperate, kill, divorce, abuse others, become addicted, cheat, lie, and ruin lives. The reason people begin many of those activities is due to the lack of money. However, money is “amoral”, meaning it is neither good nor bad. Money behaves just like fire. When fire is kept in the fireplace it is safe, provides heat, and provides light. If it gets outside of the fireplace, fire can burn the whole house down. It is all in how you handle the fire that determines its goodness or harmfulness. And so, it is just how we handle money that makes it good or bad.
But why do we lack money? Because we live in an instantaneous society that wants everything right now. We believe that we must have it now, and will go into any amount of debt to get whatever it is that is the latest, the best, the biggest, the coolest, or the fastest. Once we are deep in debt, its cycle is hard to break. We simply haven’t yet learned how to handle money. Many people give lip service to this topic, but are not serious at all about this crucial area of life. You will find over 25 ways to work on the topic of money in your life in the instructions for using The Quarterly Compass. You may be up to speed on this one, but if you are not, the topics to focus on in this area of life are discussed in detail in the QC Instructions.
Before you leave this section, take a moment to think about this deeply… Are you giving your financial life your undivided attention? Are there things you are doing now that are water or pebbles that are taking the place of this big rock?
7. Your Physical / Mental Life. Your relationship with yourself.
Are there some great activities that you love to do but you have buried? Is there a positive physical activity or sport you used to be addicted to, but now have left behind? Are there things that will help you develop your mind and body that you could do, but are not doing now? If you are like most people reading this, you have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to doing things for yourself that are healthy for your mind and body. The vast majority of people today use the age-old excuse that they haven’t got time for things like reading, exercising, eating properly, or even taking time to just think.
Well guess what? You are not like “the vast majority!” You are extremely important and special and do have the time to do all of this and more. And I know why you have time to spend time on yourself. Because you believe it is more important to have a healthy mental life and physical life than it is to rush through the “rat race” with nothing to show for it, but a garage full of toys, a therapist’s bill, high blood pressure, and a divorce decree. (However, if that list sounds familiar, there is still hope!) I know you are not like the vast majority because you have read this far and if you did not believe this information was useful to you, you would have quit reading this at about point #2 above.
But that is the easiest thing a weakling can do is to quit! You’re not a weakling, because you have not quit. And when you use some of the over 25 suggestions on the topic of your Physical/Mental Life available with The Quarterly Compass®, you will experience real change.
Before you leave this section, take a moment to think about this deeply… Are you giving your personal physical and mental life your undivided attention? Are there things you are doing now that are water or pebbles that are taking the place of this big rock?
The conclusion I have reached about the seven areas of life…
On a final note before leaving this principle, I must say there is a principle that I discovered while working on the seven major areas of life since 1997, and the principle is this: When you give of yourself in any or all of the seven major areas of life, you will be blessed richly. If you believe that you are only in this world for a limited time, and that the “things you have” are not really yours but are being entrusted to you for a little while, then you will be able to begin having the burning desire to give. If you give generously of yourself you will see tremendous things happen in your life and in the lives of those around you.
By now you have a great idea of how the seven areas of life affect your daily decisions. When you subscribe and go the instructions in the QC you will be able to create in your life the space for success and expansion of your time you never thought possible.
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