Six Choices for a No-Regrets Life

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The problem of the lack of self-management is widespread. Sometimes we fail to lead ourselves because we are simply too busy doing other things. We don't intentionally ignore what is important, we're just overloaded or focused on other tasks.  

Steve Graves, Founder of Coaching by Cornerstone and Co-Founder of Life@Work, has been coaching leaders, business owners and entrepreneurs for over two decades. In this post, he identifies the six key choices that all leaders must make to establish a flourishing, no-regrets life.



Comparing key choices to the gauges that a pilot must watch to bring the plane safely home, Steve gave six gauges that all leaders must watch.
  1. Establishing Strategic Clarity—a life that takes care of what really matters 
  2. Making Your Contribution to the World—a life that is engaged in meaningful, productive, and fulfilling work 
  3. Keeping Life in Balance—a life that successfully juggles the multiple opportunities and responsibilities of your personal and professional worlds 
  4. Nurturing Quality Relationships—a life that is blessed with a handful of heart-level connections that can last a lifetime 
  5. Pursuing Spiritual Vitality—a life that is infused with a relationship with God 
  6. Stewarding Your Finances—a life that makes wise use of money—for yourself and for others 

Which "gauges" are easiest for you to watch? Which wise choices have you already established? How does that affect your life?
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Which "gauges" are you ignoring? Which areas are more of a struggle to keep in balance? Which choices are threatening disaster? How does that affect your life?
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As you consider your spiritual vitality, how are you pursuing your relationship with God? Are you checking off church activities or are you growing in your faith?
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As you consider your relationships, how are you keeping your life in balance? Are you juggling your personal and professional world, or is one out of balance? Is there anything that needs to change?
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As you consider your work life, how are you engaged in meaningful, productive and fulfilling work? How are you leading others? Is there anything that needs to change?
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How are you making wise choices in your stewardship of money and time? Are you making wise use of both? Is there anything that needs to change?
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Everyone wants to live a healthy and balanced life. The key to living a life with no regrets is focusing on the right gauges. As Socrates said, “Let him who would move the world first move himself.”


To read more about self-management and caring for your career, you can find Managing Me: 6 Choices for a No-Regrets Life by Steve Graves here.