The other day during one of my coaching sessions, a participant quoted from John Strelecky’s book The Big Five for Life. The moment he mentioned it, I got goosebumps because the book still fascinates me today.
It’s one of my top ten books. World class! It’s full of tips for successful business development and successful leadership. Absolutely recommended.
The Big Five for Life is about defining what your top five tasks are in your life. So, it’s not about your bucket list – what you want to have done or experienced before you kick the bucket – like bungee jumping or seeing the pagodas of Bagan in Myanmar at sunrise.
No – it’s about the five things that you want to experience over and over again in your life. Regularly. One or more of them every single day.
Experiencing or working off a point from your bucket list does not bring you long-lasting life satisfaction.
What are the five things that you want to experience in your life to gain a deep sense of satisfaction?
If you haven’t read John Strelecky’s book yet, then immediately go out, buy it and read it. It’ll be one of the best investments you’ve ever made. And, of course, define your own Big Five for Life and … live them consciously!
The idea my coaching participant quoted is the “Museum of a Life”. This museum has exhibits, displays, photos and videos that come from every single day in your life.
Your key question every day should be: Is this a good museum day? Is this a day on which you are living your Big Five for Life?
In the museum of your life, at the end of your life – or even now – you can see and feel the good days, the beautiful experiences, the memories and feelings. Or even the bad ones – depending on what you experienced and how you handled it.
The decisive factor for a good museum day is not whether you have experienced exciting things or whether you have created something great. What is crucial is that what you’ve done relates to your Big Five for Life.
If you’re having an exciting day because you’re working on a charity project in your city or neighborhood, then this might not be a great museum day if this type of charity has nothing to do with your Big Five for Life.
If you have a successful career as a manager in a corporation, then this might fulfil you; however, it could also be that you find much more fulfillment doing another activity.
What are your Big Five for Life? Being aware of these five things is extremely good for your soul!
I always carry my Big Five for Life in my wallet. I just need to read them to put a smile on my face, because what I do today in my job as a coach and speaker for leaders contributes precisely to my Big Five for Life. What I’m going to do over the weekend also contributes to my Big Five for Life, as did the holiday with my children two weeks ago.
Does what you do every day really offer you deep life satisfaction? Can you say to yourself in the evening, “That was a good museum day today!”? Your Big Five for Life will help you become more aware of what you really want. They will support you to live the life you want to live.
In doing so, I wish you every success and a smile on your face – every night when you fall asleep with the knowledge that you have done what is right for you today.
And if you have already cleared things up and sorted them out and are living the life of your dreams, then the book also offers tons of tips for excellent leadership, employee motivation and outstanding management behavior. Therefore, take the time to read and benefit from these ideas. I wish you plenty of exciting inspiration.
Your Markus Jotzo