Week 6 focuses on empowering, uplifting, nurturing, and inspiring together to achieve moments of divine elevations.
The Philosophy for LYF provides a path to your better life. The path is broken into steps. Each step you take is an incremental improvement of where you were before. And each step you take builds off the previous steps to reinforce what you have changed.
A week is suggested for each step—long enough for you to meet the objective of each step, but short enough to keep you moving forward and gaining experience in each key concept.
This post provides more detail and a template for Week 6. If you have not started on the path to your better life, click here to start at Week 0.
Seek divine elevations
Focus on the outward synergies of LRN LAF LUV LIV. Work on empowering, uplifting, nurturing, and inspiring together to achieve moments of divine elevations.
This Week 6 turns the focus outward, going deeper in living the philosophy by applying all four deeds of goodness concurrently to give true worth. That is, doing activities that allow you to empower others and uplift others and nurture others and inspire others, all wrapped in goodness. While these are powerful moments for those to whom you give true worth, these profound experiences are divine elevations for your life. These activities can be more difficult to do, but this is where you experience a highly elevated life.
Remember that elevations—both personal and divine—occur when you are able to apply the synergies and influences among the four actions and align them. Apply the wisdom and righteousness of LRN, the positivity and gratitude of LAF, the compassion and meaningfulness of LUV, and the courage and quality of LIV to each of the other actions to enhance and magnify the moments and the results of your life.
Just like Week 4, even though the focus of the week is on deeds of goodness toward others, this does not mean to forego growing true wealth and experiencing personal elevations as opportunities arise. In fact, giving true worth often does goodness to yourself, and even more so in a moment of divine elevation.
One important note: Do not be discouraged if you do not feel you had a divine elevation. There is nothing wrong with you. Elevating your life through divine elevations is not a given. It requires an alignment of applying your core values of goodness and of performing all four deeds of goodness in concert within a situation. It takes practice. It takes time. It takes a mindset of recognizing how best to give true worth with all four deeds of goodness concurrently.
Step 1. Prepare for the week by looking back at your notes from Week 4 – Give True Worth. What actions did you do that gave true worth to others? Were any of these divine elevations? If so, are these situations in which you could put yourself in again to give true worth? Have you removed some of the barriers that prevented you from giving true worth? For the missed opportunities, are you now able to recognize opportunities to give true worth more easily?
While we all like serendipity—and elevations can occur in these wonderful, surprising moments—elevations are more likely when you target areas that give you meaning and situations and environments that are more conducive to acts of goodness toward others. Write down a list of activities or outcomes that you wish to do or achieve. Think how you could apply all four deeds of goodness to those activities.
Step 2. Before the end of each day, write down a brief summary of any divine elevations that you experienced. Describe those divine elevations and what made it an elevation to you. For each divine elevation, briefly note how each of the four deeds of goodness were involved. Use the Week 6 template, one for each day. Do not let a day go by; at a minimum, write them down at the end of the day.
The template also gives you time for reflection. Did you do something during the day that you thought would be a divine elevation but ended up not being one? Why do you think that was the case? Was it missing a deed of goodness? For example, you may have empowered the goodness in someone, but perhaps not in an uplifting manner. Were there any barriers that prevented you from experiencing a divine elevation? Did you miss an opportunity that in hindsight could have been an elevating experience? Were you not focused on giving true worth? Were you around negative people or situations? Did “everyday” life get in the way? What could you do to remove or overcome them? How can you improve the chances of experiencing a divine elevation tomorrow?
Step 3. At the end of the week, review your notes. Did you experience divine elevations? Did the focus on it throughout the week increase your opportunities to experience it? What obstacles prevented divine elevations and were you able to overcome them and remove them? How do you see yourself moving forward toward a life full of divine elevations?
A PDF version of the template may be downloaded by clicking here.