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Framework: An Introduction
Post Series: Framework

If you have a desire to undergo major change in your life, you are admitting fault in at least one current area of your life. If you are like me, and you’re honest with yourself, you could probably find fault in just about every area of your life.


We are imperfect people in pursuit of perfection. It’s important that we can recognize our imperfections. Desiring strength is great, but without acknowledging where the weaknesses are, we can never overcome them.


The most effective place to start is at the very root of everything. This sounds rather obvious. What I have found is that our minds have an uncanny ability to focus only on superficiality. How often do you stop to ask yourself: Is this action in line with my core beliefs? Or more importantly: What are my core beliefs? In order to take more mindful action, one must have a well-documented answer to this last question. It’s important to know your core beliefs, and keep them top of mind.


ALL actions are the end result of a long string of mental processes, shortcuts, and beliefs developed over our lifetime. The reason I do or say something today would be very evident if you had an open book to my past. It could be the result of experience, conditioning, education, environment, so on. Any action taken has been a long time coming and is always the result of some prior input.


At the very base of all of this is our framework. Your mental framework is what you use to build your foundation. Every thought, action, and habit is built off of your foundation. Your core beliefs about life and your meaning on this planet direct everything you do.


Do you struggle with poor habits? I certainly do.


Poor habits are the result of either poor personal beliefs, or not knowing your personal beliefs. Most of us (myself included), have both good and bad habits. This is a result of not knowing your true core beliefs, or not keeping your true core beliefs top of mind.


What’s important is that you know what your core beliefs are, what your framework looks like, and continually keep it in the forefront of your mind. Your mental framework is the scaffolding with which you build your mental structure.  Journaling, quiet time, meditation: whatever your preferred method of focus, keeping your framework front of mind every day is key in order to achieve true success.


There are three key questions we all must have an answer to in life. The answers to these questions constitute your framework. They are the lens through which you analyze the thoughts you have, and the decisions you make. Take a second to think about and briefly answer these three questions:


  1. Where did I come from?
  2. Why am I here?
  3. What are the implications?


Have answers to those three little beauties? Congrats, you have your framework.


If you are so inclined, take the time to write down what your answers actually are.


Is there a breakdown between your core beliefs, and the actions you take daily? Answer these following questions before moving on to the next post:


  1. How would it change your life if you applied these foundational beliefs to every thought and decision you made?
  2. Would people guess your core beliefs based on your current lifestyle or habits?
  3. If the answer is no, where is the breakdown occurring?


In the next three posts in this series, we will discuss in depth the answers to these three foundation questions. Lets explore question one: Where Did I Come From?

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