Do it Now!

It’s pretty straightforward.

The past is gone, the future isn’t here yet, which leaves us only the present. Time is the only resource we can never renew and the clock is ticking. Why would we waste another minute once we know who we are what we’re aiming for? And when is there ever going to be a better time?

Is there anything else to say?

YOU Are The Solution…

You’re the only person in your life you’re ultimately accountable both to and for.

How’s that for a bold statement?

Think on it, though. Every single relationship we might form in this life has the potential to go away. Our friends, family, work partners… All of them. At the end of the day it’s the person we see in the mirror that we are ultimately accountable to.

What to make of this? If it seems a burden, please think again. When we understand it is the sum total of all our decisions that have led us to this exact moment we can see it as blessing or a curse. In a very real sense it can be both.

Of course there have may have been bad things that have happened that were beyond our control. Accidents happen, injuries, abuse… Plenty of things. This isn’t to suggest it’s our fault that we’ve had the experiences we have; only that we are responsible for our responses to what has happened. We can let them defeat us or we can use the experiences as stepping stones to something else.

Which is where the blessing arrive. If we don’t like where we’re standing, we also have the power to change it. Recognizing that we are 100% responsible for our lives isn’t meant as an anchor to drape around our necks; it’s a declaration of freedom! If we have the absolute power to make decisions then to get different results we only need to make different decisions. It’s literally that simple! It may take some effort and work, but this is the truth.

Hence Bob’s simple statement is so brilliant because we really ARE our greatest solution.

Your Calling In Life…

Think on this. The average work week is counted at roughly 40 hours, not counting transit time and the other miscellaneous things we need to do as preparation. Multiply that by 50 weeks to get 2000 hours a year, multiplied by 45 and we come to roughly 90,000 hours of our lives spent just on work. That’s a fair bit of time!

If we’re going to invest that kind of time, why would we waste it on something that doesn’t keep us inspired and motivated? It doesn’t have to be something grandiose or of earth-shattering importance, but wouldn’t it make sense to invest ourselves into something that keeps us looking forward to each new day instead of just praying for Friday so we can escape it all?

Finding your calling and making it your career brings so much more opportunity for fulfillment on so many levels. It’s worth the effort.

The Cornerstone of Abundance

There’s a magic that comes to our lives when we’re on point to our purpose in all that we do. We’re stretching ourselves beyond our comfort zones, yet not so far that we’re constantly in distress. It’s the kind of growth we crave rather than simple endure. It’s the difference between an authentic life and mediocrity.

We don’t have to have the entire plan mapped out to get started. Obviously the more we can map out to achieving our goals the better, yet we must not make the mistake of waiting to start because the conditions aren’t just right. They never will be and life is too short to spend it waiting.

Figure out what it is you most want to do, draft out even the first few steps to move in that direction, and then do it. Living a purpose driven life is a very different kind of life than what seems “practical” or “realistic.” The truth is that the only thing in life that is practical and realistic is doing what you truly love to do. It changes your outlook on life, your relationships, and your motivation for anything you ever do. This is the true source of abundance and entirely worth your time to find.

…And Then You Win

As entrepreneurs we are regularly outspoken. We see the world differently than most and that can create a fair bit of confusion and chaos for others at times. Speaking generally, we’re not interested in disturbing the lives of other so much as we’re interested in serving others through problem solving even when the masses don’t see there’s a better way.

It can be lonely at times as we begin to assemble our businesses. There is much to do and the path forward may not always be clear yet, except we know that there is a problem to solve and there’s no one else who can do it the way we can. So forward we move, sorting out the issues along the way until we have a better defined way to go.

Then come the critics; the ones that think they know all there is about what we’re doing. Rarely have the critics attempted something so bold and even if they have, how could they possibly know what exactly is on our minds, in our plans, and all the other details that form your routine? We too often mistake the opinion of the critics with the counsel of our mentors and get bogged down. Remember this much: the critics are enjoying the only glory the will ever found. We have bigger destinations in store.

It’s going to take some work to get this all done. While the saying about it being better to work smart than hard makes sense, the work still must get done whether it’s hard or easy. You will be met with resistance along the way, sometimes from your own mistakes and sometimes from others trying to slow you down. It’s how you’re tested to prove you’re really going to see this all the way through to the goals you’ve set.

And the final phase of all your work? Your success. Stick with anything long enough and it WILL pay off. Go ahead and enjoy the rewards for your, but don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re done. The smart thing after you’ve enjoyed the moment is to sit down with a sharpened pencil and scratch out what comes next.

Riding a Bicycle

The world is going to keep moving forward whether you want to jump on or not. It’s just the way it is. There isn’t even an option to sit still! Inflation, technology in the form of communications and medical advancements… We’re living longer for cheaper and there’s no slowing down.

Think on it. When is the last time you listened to Def Leppard on your 8-track player? How many people reading this even know what an 8-track is? Or called your neighbor on a rotary dial telephone? (Which were a huge advancement over party lines, by the way…) Or took your horse to the blacksmith to have his shoes redone? Or washed your clothes on a washboard in a river?

This might be reaching back in the vault a ways, but the point is each of these things were once state-of-the-art and are now things we find in museums. Well, maybe not the Def Leppard 8-tracks, but the point remains…

In order to keep balance in life we need to continuously improve on our situations. We don’t have to be seeking for mansions and Ferraris (although those are fun!), but if we’re not working on expanding ourselves, we are literally sliding backwards. It can be as simple as learning new tools to enhance our work situations, taking classes on whatever might strike our fancy, or maybe finally starting that business we’ve been thinking about for years.

Whatever it is, take action. Get to work. Do what it takes to move forward and enjoy the bike ride!

Success and Service

Serving others should be the core to all we do, particularly in business. In every interaction we have whether it’s the management team or the person cleaning the toilets, we must remember that all business is people business and the medium of exchange are the products and services we provide.

The truth is that most people are willing to help and serve when given the opportunity to do so. But when they feel less valued for who they are and the gifts they have, they will tend to withdraw from others and not be so willing to share. They won’t perform as well as they used to and your interactions will become more strained.

The more you seek to gain from others the less they will be willing give of themselves, causing a disservice to both you and the customer you’re seeking to find as a result. You’ll start to find they start acting indifferently, all the people you interact will pick up on it that they are no longer as important to you.

On the there hand, seeking to serve others shows a very different style of leadership. When we’re looking to see how to help others, it’s amazing how many come to give more freely of themselves in return. All of our lives are expanded for the efforts we put forth and success becomes a natural consequence in our lives and business.

Don’t hesitate to provide service when called upon and be sure to look for opportunities to serve whether you are noticed for it or not.

Faith and Fear

Fear and faith are opposite sides of the same coin. They are both based on our belief systems and are driven by the same energy. The difference is in whether we use that energy to build walls or foundations.

To suggest we don’t have a choice is to give away the single greatest gift we have, which is our individual power. If we could only fully understand just how creative we really are, that our ability to think makes us limitless, there would never be a reason for us to ever fear anything again.

We could build anything we desire. We could go anywhere we want. Just look at the course of human history to see how the power of our curiosity has literally opened up the entire globe for us to explore. Heck, we’ve left the surface of the planet and we’re on the hairy edge of another space race which will take us to Mars and beyond.

Think on these things as you consider your goals and dreams. Because you are limitless. You can build anything and go wherever you want.

All it takes is a little faith.

Live in the Moment!

It’s true! Think about it…

The past is gone. Every moment you’ve ever experienced behind you. It can be studied and analyzed until there’s nothing left to uncover. We are certainly wise to remember where we’ve come from, but it’s literally impossible for us to return to any time leading up to now. Relish in the good, enjoy the spirit of it and build upon it. Learn from the tougher times so you’re more resilient and grow from them.

AND… The future isn’t here yet! We set goals and move in that direction. It helps us establish a routine and we get much more work done. However, we don’t know what exactly comes next. In spite of our best guesses, life can still blindside us and try to knock us off the path we’ve chosen. We have to be flexible so we can adapt and keep moving to the future we can never 100% predict.

What does that leave us? Right here, right now. It’s the only thing we can control and when we fully embrace that we no longer have to live in regret of the past or anxiety of the future. We take back control of what we can do in the moment to make corrections for the past and keep us on course for the future.

And THAT… Is a beautiful thing!

What Are You Seeking?

At the risk of getting too woo-woo, have you ever stopped to consider there might be a deeper reason you’re looking for the things you want? Have you noticed that there’s something inside of you that’s keeping you going even though things are around you aren’t working the way you want them to?

You have goals for a reason. It may be cars, houses, or other fancy toys, but there’s something deeper within us wanting to express itself and help us become better, stronger version of ourselves along the way.

That inner voice you have is worth listening to. It’s amazing just how much we really know if we slow down just enough to listen and hear what it has to say. Armed with that knowledge we can grow at a much faster rate and our goals become inevitable. Our inner voice just uses the fancy cars, houses, and toys to get our attention and we get them as we grow.

Think on it for a while. What are you seeking? Then think a bit about why you are seeking these things. Odds are good you will find there is something deeper inside you seeking expression and THAT is a beautiful thing.