One of my girlfriends forwarded me information on an opportunity to snag an early copy of Oola for Women: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World. Fifty bloggers out of over five hundred applicants were chosen to receive a free book in exchange for reviewing it on their blog, and I was one of the lucky ones! Frankly, at first I wasn’t sure it was going to be a very oola thing for me to do, but I was curious, and now I’m glad I went for it!
What’s “oola”? It’s getting to the place where you’re living your dream, as in “Oo la la! I love it!” How do you get there? Well, reading the book helps! Dave and Troy have made it as easy as 1,2,3…actually 7, then up to 21, and then back to 1. I can’t begin to share what took them 340 pages to explain, and I can’t begin to inspire you like the 42 vignettes written by women from all walks of life who’ve learned from their Oola ideas, but let me give you a taste, and if you like it, you might want to read the book for yourself.
Step One: Figure out your passion. What would your dream life look like? If you could do anything, what would you do? If you could change just one thing that would most crucially improve your life, what would it be? You don’t have to know how to get there, you just have to figure out where you’d like to get to!
Step Two: Figure out where you’re at. Think GPS: You have to know where you are before you can figure out how to get where you want to go. In this book, Oola for Women (but skip thinking in terms of “for women,” because the book’s for everybody; it’s just that women do most of the shopping and reading, so if you want something to sell, say it’s for women), Dave and Troy help you understand your own life by walking you through the seven main priorities we almost universally experience: Fitness, finance, family, field (career), faith, friends, and fun (aka “The 7 F’s”).
Are you still with us? If you’re lost already, that’s fine, they guide you through thinking about each of the 7 F’s with definitions, explanations, and stories. Imagine living a balanced life as riding a bike with 7 spokes, each of the 7 “F” areas as one spoke of your wheel. If all 7 spokes are in tact, there’s air in the tire, the wheel is balanced, and the hub is strong (the HUB is critical: what’s the foundation of your life??), you’re in for a much smoother ride, even though life is always challenging.
After teaching you about the 7 areas of life that need to be balanced, the authors address 7 key areas that block progress (with tips for overcoming): Fear, guilt, anger, self-sabotage, laziness, envy, and focus, and then they move on to discuss 7 positive behaviors that will help accelerate your progress: Gratitude, love, discipline, integrity, passion, humility, and wisdom.
Step Three: Figure out your plan. The last section of the book has a series of simple questionnaires to help you figure out where your life is in and out of balance. With a visual to help you chart your path, they encourage you to write out (yes, by hand, not just in your head), 3 “S.M.A.R.T.” goals (specific, measurable, accountable, realistic, and time-based) for each of the 7 “F’s.” Warren Buffet recommends writing down 20 goals, crossing off all but your top 3, and then pursuing those. The Oola guys take it one step further, and encourage you to find your “#Oola One” goal, write it down, and go for it. committing to a S.M.A.R.T. goal with a time and date.
Sound like a plan? I liked it, and I’m on board with living life full out! Today is always a good time to get more excited about life and get moving! Personally, my life is fueled by passion for Christ, God is my Hub, and if I were choosing one word by which I believe the world can be changed it would be “Jesus” not “Oola,” but I do appreciate their enthusiasm and energy, and it definitely did motivate me to take inventory on my life, pray, and figure out my #Oola One goal! I’m going for it! Want to do the same?
“Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” (Psalm 37:4-5)