Many of us stop and pause during certain times of the year to think about our how content we are with our lives…or our OLS quotient. It may be at the end of the year, the beginning, or for that matter any time when events make us want to stop and think deeper.
What is an OLS?
It’s your Overall Life Satisfaction quotient. It’s about how content you are with your life right now. Is it all you want it to be? How are you handling stress? How do you make your day more fulfilling, more fun? How are relationships more rewarding?
Here is a simple Overall Life Satisfaction test to see where you are right now.
Rate each of the following on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best; 5 being not bad, could be better; 1 being rather bleak). Do this quickly and don’t over-think it).
Is your life:
Add all the scores and then divide by 7
Okay, all done. Now for what you need or don’t need.
What is your overall Life Satisfaction score?
If your score is 8 or above, you are in a super good spot. Go do something else, don’t even bother reading the rest of this blog.
Did you score under 7? Read on….
You are in a pattern rut. You can do with an emotional make-over. Here is an assignment to get you going in a new direction and move into new territory. If you want a more amazing, creative, challenging, blissful, exciting, fulfilling, and powerful life you must engage your brain in a new way.
Some call it “thinking outside of the box,” I call it being “pattern aware.”
You just must do one thing, that’s right, just one thing to begin the process for positive change. Pick from the following list. And remember, all you need to do for a system to change is begin with one small shift into an improved overall Life Satisfaction score.
- Take a different route to work (even if it takes longer)
- Go to a new restaurant for lunch or dinner (eat something new)
- Come to work an hour earlier or later or leave an hour earlier or later (stop to smell the roses)
- Talk with a co-worker you don’t like very much (ask questions)
- Take a cup of java to your boss and chat for a few minutes (ask questions)
- Read a magazine cover to cover that is different from you interests (about cooking if you love motorcycles and about motorcycles, if you love cooking)
- Text an old friend to check in (ask questions)
You get the idea. Just do one thing you would not ordinarily do. Add to the above list. These are just ideas for you to consider. Make up your own. Make a list of 25. Do one each day for several weeks and just see what happens.
It’s about looking at your life from a different perspective with new eyes – you might be pleasantly surprised with the opportunities that come your way when you get out of your pattern rut.
And, of course, remember, an amazing life is not one where the sun shines every day. That would cause a drought. Rain, cloudy days, stress, and disappointment are also part of the richness of growth and development.
Here’s another way to continue to do strength training and become the best you can be. Buy a copy of Don’t Bring It To Work, send us the receipt, and we will send you a complimentary copy of the Pattern Aware Success Guide that gives you three months of exercises to help you improve your leadership and have a higher Overall Life Satisfaction score.
Here’s to the best you ever,