It’s Time To Renew Your Life.

by Patrick Liew on July 16, 2018

It’s Time To Renew Your Life.

Plan to re-start your life and do it again… and again…

Having new beginnings is a necessity to live a meaningful and fulfilling life.

To help you discover your purpose and calling in life, let me take you through a series of exercises.

However, to benefit fully from it, you need to take time to reflect on your life.

And work diligently through the exercises.

Phase 1: The Modeling Process

Success leaves footprints.

If you follow in the footsteps of successful people, you will reach the same destination.

That’s why you need to have heroes and mentors.

These are people who will challenge you to live beyond yourself and stretch you beyond the normal limit.

They inspire you to emulate and model after them.

In doing so, you take yourself to a higher level.

Work towards a “new you” and press on with commitment, discipline, and perseverance until you become that better person.

Ask yourself:

Who should be your models and heroes in life and for different areas of your life?

What makes them great?

What are the qualities, lifestyle, and resources that make them great?

How did they develop these qualities?

What did they do? What did they have?

What is the priority of their values that you would like to adopt for your life?

How can you live your life so that you can become like them?

What else can you do to become like them?

Phase 2: The Designing Process

While it is important to model for successful people, you will realize that you can never be totally like them.

You need to work with our Creator to design the best you.

Ask yourself:

What is the “best me” that you can ever be?

How can you bring out the best in yourself?”

What should you start/stop doing? What should you do more/do less?

What is the priority of actions you need to take to develop yourself and do it in a sustainable way?

Phase 3: The Leveraging Process

Buckminster Fuller, one of the most brilliant men in the last century taught the importance of using leverages to achieve success.

To him, leverage means to do ever more with ever less.

The ever-improvement process will eventually lead you to your desired objectives.

To begin with, you can achieve quantum leaps of improvement through internal leverages, including your knowledge, attitude, skills, and habits (KASH).

There are also external leverages, including capitalizing on ideas, system, technology, human talent, and other resources.

Acquire or develop these leverages and learn how to use them effectively and efficiently.

Ask yourself:

What leverages can you use to do ever more with ever less?

How can you acquire and develop these leverages to achieve ever-improving results?

How can you use each of these leverages effectively and efficiently?

How can you improve your knowledge, attitude, skills, and habit to achieve quantum leaps of improvement?

How can you work on ideas, system, technology, human talent, and other resources to help take you to a higher level in life?

After you have completed the above exercises, work with our Creator to produce a “movie” of your future life.

This is to depict how you can take yourself from where you are until you become the person you should be.

To prepare for the movie, develop your personal philosophy. Know your mission, vision, values, and positioning so that you can live a desired lifestyle.

Phase 4: The Mission Process

The first step is to craft a personal mission for your life.

Serve a unique purpose at every season of our life.

It may not be the most perfect purpose but it is the most appropriate purpose for you at that stage in your life.

In crafting the mission, you need to ask yourself, “Why do I exist at this point in my life? What is the highest purpose for me to serve?”

Your personal mission should then be phrased in the form of a question.

The quality of your life depends on the number of quality questions you ask yourself throughout your life.

For example, if you regularly ask yourself, “How can I live a great life?” You will be exploring and working regularly on how to achieve greatness.

On the other hand, if you constantly ask yourself, “How come my life is so horrible?” Everything in your life will become darker and gloomier.

Without finding your personal mission, you will not have a compass to point you in the right direction.

You will find yourself moving around in the dark, trying to find your way out of the jungle of life.

Other questions you can ask yourself:

Why do you exist?

What does our Creator want you to do with your life?

At the end of your life, when you reflect on it, what will make you happy and be satisfied with your life?

What do you want people to say about you during your funeral?

If there is a book written about you, what would it say about the key accomplishments in your life?

What would be your legacy to the world?

Assuming you are going to receive an award, what do you want the organizer to say about you, your achievement, and your contribution?

Exercise: You are standing in front of your Creator, what will you tell Him about what you have done in your life?

Phase 5: The Vision Process

After crafting your personal mission, work with our Creator to discover your vision in life.

The Good Book counseled, “Without vision, people will die.”

When you have nothing to look up to and live for, you will go through a death that is worst than a biological death.

Life will not be worth the living.

I believe our Creator has already given to each one of us a vision. Oftentimes, amidst the noise and haste, we fail to recognize the vision.

During my life transformational Bootcamp, every participant is given a huge blank sheet of paper and told to draw their vision in life.

They are not allowed to use words but to only use pictures, signs, and symbols in a different color.

Then, I ask them to further define their vision using all their senses. In other words, they need to be able to see, hear, smell, taste and feel it in their mind.

When the vision is constantly clear in their mind, it will draw them like a magnet to fulfill it.

Ask yourself:

How should you translate your mission into a vision?

If you meet your friends 20 years from today, how would you tell them about what you have achieved in your life?

If you have fulfilled your mission in life, what would you have accomplished?

What specific achievements and contributions have you made?

If you can accomplish anything in life, what do you wish to achieve?

What can you do so that it will make the greatest impact on yourself and your loved ones, family, workplace, organization, and world?

If there is a best-selling movie about your life, what would it depict about your achievement, contribution, and legacy?

Phase 6: The Values Process

I believe nobody will follow you or work with you if they don’t know what you believe in and stand for.

In other words, you need to craft your values and live by them.

More often than not, you already have a set of values and are living by it consciously or unconsciously.

Unfortunately, as a result of your education and experience, you may have adopted the wrong or less optimal set of values.

Every now and then, you need to re-craft your value system so that it will help you serve the highest purpose for that period of time.

In addition, you need to prioritize your list of values so that it can help you live a better life.

Ask yourself:

What are the values that are important to you?

What values do you love to have?

When people talk about you, what do you hope they will say about your greatest qualities?

What do you want to be known for?

What values do you hope to impart to your children?

What do you want to see written on your tombstone/obituary?

What values do you need to have so that it will help you to live a happy, meaningful, and fulfilling life?

What values will help to attract great people to you?

What values do you need to fulfill your mission and vision?

If in the book of life where your name is recorded in heaven and there is a column about your values, what will these values be?

It may sound strange to you but every time I do this exercise and reconstruct my value system, I feel like I have redesigned myself and restarted my life all over again.

Phase 7: The Positioning Process

Success is about positioning yourself in the right place and at the right time and making full use of that position for your long-term growth.

Having said that, you need to continue to find meaning, excitement, and significance for your current position.

At the same time, you need to constantly improve your position to achieve better values and results.

Being fully present while thinking about your future are not necessarily contradictory forces.

Learn to apply the wisdom of F. Scott Fitzgerald. He said, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”

You need to be contented and to make full use of your life.

At the same time, be results-oriented and aim for better things in life.

Positioning depends on finding the appropriate equilibrium to five dimensions in life.

Purpose: Why do what you should you do in life?

Priority: What is important for you to do?

Passion: What do you love to do?

Performance: What can you do well and do better than others?

Personality: What fits your personality, behavioral style, strengths, gifts, and talents?

Ask yourself these questions constantly so as to find your place under the sun.

The Execution Process

There are many dreamers but not many are doers.

There are only a rare few who are achievers.

These achievers not only dream but they also do whatever it takes to make their dreams come true.

The key difference between those who merely a dream and those who make dreams come true is just one word – Execution.

Execution is the discipline and ability to act on your dream. It is also the process of improving your action to achieve a greater dream.

As a dreamer, you must also be a doer.

It is not enough to aspire, you must act. It is also not enough to execute, you must excel in your execution.

Good motives must lead to motion.

Movements must be accelerated to lead to greater achievements.

You must take the first step, and then another better step, and then another even better step…until your dream come to pass.

Ask yourself:

What must I start doing?

What must I stop doing?

What must I do more of?

What must I do less of?

Put together a detailed blueprint of actions and discipline yourself to execute them.

Then coach and mentor others on how they can also improve their contributions and achieve better results.

The worst failure is a failure to try. When you stop trying, failure becomes permanent.

It is the size of your dream, the tenacity of your faith in it, and the ability to take ever-improving action that will help you go farther and faster to achieve your dream.
When you step out of your home tomorrow, you will have the opportunity to create an exciting new world.

A world that has never existed before.

A world that you have been longing for, one that will pave the way for a brighter future.

I have left out many personal details in this article.

Suffice to say, you need to be committed to change and continue to change so as to achieve sustainable success.

More importantly, go beyond yourself and your self-interests to live for others.

Abraham Maslow called this the self-transcendence level or the highest level of human needs.

In other words, live beyond yourself to serve a higher purpose in helping others live a better life and making our world a better home.

The more you reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better your life will become.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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