I want you to really listen to me now…
Can you do that?
Because, this is the big one.
No more one day I will do it, or I will get around to that.
Stop the BS!
It starts today.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
What are you going to do?
Look I maybe coming out of the box a little harsh, maybe I did not have my chill pills, but listen, get on with it.
Embrace life, embrace your life purpose, chase your dream down.
Like what are you waiting for?
Don’t wait for those special birthdays with zeros at the end as though they are something symbolic.
Don’t wait for the end of the calendar year – the new year resolutions – like does it really matter if you start chasing your dream on a Saturday afternoon?
Don’t wait for things to be perfect because guess what, they never will be perfect.
Don’t blame your past – cause you can’t change that.
Maybe you have had it tougher than me, well I get that.
But maybe there are others who have it tougher than you?
Or maybe there are people right now that need to hear your story of how you’ve climbed your mountain.
Whatever, no more excuses.
Get off your friggen back side.
Look yourself in the mirror.
Guys, man up!
Women, step up!
“I am too busy…”
“I am too tired…”
“I don’t know what to do…”
For friggen sake, listen to yourself, can’t you see there is a pattern of behaviour going on here and it’s not about me, it’s you?
This very minute, this very second, you can make a decision that will put your life on a different course forever…
You may not see that now.
You may not notice the change next week.
But slowly you will become the person who you really wish to be and live that dream.
Open that savings plan today!
Make that phone call today!
Start your business today!
Whatever it is for you, do it, do it today, do it now!!!
If you want to have a different life, a bigger life, whatever that means to you, make it happen today, right now.
Years back, if somebody took me aside and had that conversation with me – who knows where I would be today. But I have had to figure it out myself. It hasn’t always been easy. Sometimes I think about things I should have done, things I should have said to others, or importantly not said at all.
I should have been less selfish and caught up in my own world and instead, thought of others.
I cannot change that, that’s my past, but that is not who I am today.
I do know that sometimes we need a firm and honest conversation.
To call it out for what it really is.
I want you to know that although we may never meet, my words are deep from my heart to you.
I believe in you.
I believe today is the day you have been waiting for.
You are ready and I just cannot wait to hear your story.
You’re going to make a huge difference. You’re going to inspire so many to follow you in your footsteps.
That’s your legacy.
Your life is now changed for ever.
Some years back I was in Sweden visiting friends. It was actually a reunion and we were camping on a farmer’s property. Very picturesque. Mid-summer by a lake, with a forest all around us.
I got to talking to the farmer and he explained to me he would be shortly harvesting some of the forest that was planted by his grandfather, but at the same time he was planting new trees with his son. You see, the time between planting and harvest basically went beyond one family’s generation.
I was really impressed by this because to me it summed up everything about being a steward for the future. About investing, no short cuts, just patience and of course having a future vision.
How do you see your business? Can you visualise what you are doing today and how that might be in say just ten years, in comparison to my Swedish farmer of fifty years?
If you have not read Peter Schwarz’s book The Art Of The Long View, you should. I mean Schwarz challenges us to think really long term, beyond our own lives. To me, this really gets you shifting beyond self and your own immediate needs and circumstances.
On his website you will read the story of the 10,000-year clock project – a clock currently being built and is designed to tick just once a year and the century hand advances once every one hundred years!
Now some might say “what’s the value of that?”- well for you and me today, possibly not much, unless we really reflect on what this may mean in our lives today symbolically.
I believe a challenge in our modern society is we think and plan short term.
By short term I think it is typically a few years for governments (ie between election cycles) and for businesses, often just the next twelve months. I guess that is OK, but what is the big picture here?
You may argue that with technology and particularly today with globalisation and digital disruption, the next twelve months is all you can plan for. Well I get that, but I think we need to challenge that paradigm at the same time.
While we may not necessarily predict the future (though Marty McFly and Doc Brown went close!) we should anticipate the future.
“The future is the ONLY thing we can do anything about.” –Hillis
We should consider possible scenarios that could play out. I am not talking about best case or worst case, I mean considering thoughtfully of our role or our businesses role, today and how that may be in just ten years’ time to start with.
How might the need for your services be in ten years time? The skills and capabilities you have today, will they still be in demand or has something changed?
Thinking more broadly, is it possible that in many societies, governments will not be in a position to support many of the services that they currently support today? What could the threat of global warming have in just ten years’ time? More forest fires? People being displaced from low lying islands? Will that have an influence on various investment instruments and global economics?
What are the new opportunities and the new services required? How will these services be delivered? How will communities interact? What help will they need?
We can go on and on with these questions and the answers are anyone’s guess. The point I am making here is that we all need to just take time out and consider the future and our role in it.
From a practical point of view, I think it is essential that all of us should do this each year. Take time out and ponder those questions. Consider scenarios, the threats, the opportunities, and make plans accordingly.
Finally, think about my Swedish farmer and his son planting trees for the future.