We Shall Reclaim Our Agenda

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My takeaways from The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard (Get the book for free here - http://www.motivationmanifesto.com) - We Shall Reclaim Our Agenda

Yes, rise in the morning and write

Who will I be today?

What dreams will I chase?
What will I create and accomplish no matter what?
Who will I give value, love, or appreciation to?
What will I do or experience that will help me feel fulfilled and grateful when I rest my head to pillow later tonight?
This is called living intentionally and independently. This is how motivated persons live. This is manifesting a freer life.

We must choose this day to finally be more intentional with what we want and what shall deserve our golden attention.


What will give us a sense that we are once more in command of our life’s agenda? 
Clarity. Direction. Progress.  

We begin developing clarity about the current state of our life’s agenda by realizing that all human experience is segmented into two fields: meaningful activities and nonmeaningful activities. This forces a clear distinction when evaluating our days.
Do I find what I am doing each day of my life meaningful? Is all this busywork in line with what I feel is my life’s work? These are the questions of the self-determined.
Fine is the calling card of conformity.
Things are merely fine in life when passion has been slowly bled from our veins. Things are fine when we are bored stiff. Things are fine when we’ve done what they told us to do, and we’re sick and tired of it. Things are fine when we have been marching to the beat of someone else’s song for far too long. Things are fine when we are aching for more adventure, more passion, more intimacy, more creative expression, more contribution, more drive, more independence, more freedom, more life in our days.
If we are merely fine, we are not alive. Should we not be amazing, excited, thrilled, fantastic, phenomenal, beyond grateful?


The final clear indication that someone’s life agenda is not their own is constant lack of focus. It is that terrible and never-ending distraction of the modern world that is stealing purpose and progress from our lives.

Let us boldly ask what it says about ourselves if we cannot pull back from our addiction to digital distractions. For it is an addiction; we are no better off than the alcoholic who cannot avoid the bar or the gambler the casino.

In this age of the quantified self, we measure how many hours we slept, steps we took, calories we burned, pages we viewed. We document our every personal move in photos and videos. Yet we know nothing about ourselves. We spend more time checking our stats than our souls. We mine our life experience for data but not depth. We have all these numbers to improve but no idea how to dial back the numbness. As much as we check in, we are checking out of our own lives and becoming voyeuristic, peering gape-mouthed into the sordid details of other people’s lives in order to feel connected or entertained.
If we are to measure and monitor and improve anything, let it be our story, our character, and our conduct— mindfulness of who we are and how we are experiencing and relating with the world. 

Reclaiming our life agenda is about asking, “Am I proud of who I am and the person I am becoming? Am I happy with what I am doing and contributing to the world?
Have I felt grateful for this day and its opportunities, and have I directed myself purposefully so that I can live my highest truth and serve my highest good?” Let us check in on ourselves in these ways, for in the end, these are the only measures that matter.


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