Choose Your Future

Choose Your Future

Time to pull out our crystal balls. Let’s look into the future. Twenty years hence. Look at all the things you’ve accomplished.

Is that project you were so intent on finishing done?

Did you even start it or did you let the excuses you usually fall back on get in the way?

Don’t say you don’t know what will happen in twenty years. It’s easy to surmise. Your present is an extension of your past. Your future in turn is an extension of your present.

How do you spend your days now?

How do you spend your time now? Do you plan for your future or leave to it to another day? Are the accomplishments you say you want to achieve real or are they just words? If they’re just words then go ahead and keep talking.

If however they are things you actually want to do and you’re not already in the process of accomplishing them, what’s stopping you?

All the fears

Fear takes up so much space in our lives. We all know about the fear of failure and the fear of success. What about the fear of missing out?

That’s the fear of missing out on the end of that Netflix series you suddenly got so invested in. Or the fear of missing out on time with friends. How about the fear of missing out on leisure time? Another name for that one is laziness.


So that’s present you and all your reasons for not getting on with whatever grand plan you have for the future.

Back to the future

Now let’s go back to twenty years in the future you, the one staring back at present you through the crystal ball. What are you going to say to present, excuse making you?

You will say, Success or failure, the fears of doing were always greater than the actual doing. Along with that you will say you don’t remember or care about whatever you were wasting time with in the past, but you do care about the things you didn’t manage to accomplish. You will tell yourself you wish you expected better of yourself when you had a chance to follow through on your goals.

Use every day to make your future-self proud. Looking back into the past twenty years from now the words you want to be saying are, “Well done.”

“You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes because that’s where the fruit is.” Will Rogers

"You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes because that’s where the fruit is.” Will Rogers

It’s easy to keep your head down at work and do a decent job. To do enough to keep you from getting fired, and maybe even secure a promotion down the line. Some people feel like that’s all they really should do. There is an old saying, “the nail that sticks out the most, gets hammered.” It gives people the idea that if they try something and fail, or suggest something new, they’re likely to be singled out and ostracized.

Getting the Fruit

The truth is, if you never try, you’ll never succeed. Like this Will Rogers quote suggests, the best fruit is often a little out of our comfort zones. It takes a leap of faith to see what the rewards of our actions will be.

You need to have confidence in yourself and your ideas in order to try them. You might fail. The branch might snap, or there might not be any fruit at the end of the one you reach for. The thing is, you’ll never know until you make the grab.

Or Staying Put

If you’re happy where you are and have no desire to grow in your profession, it might be a good idea to stay close the truck of the tree. But if you want to grow and succeed, you’re going to need to go out on a limb once and while to try something new, something risky, something outside your comfort zone. When you do, you’ll find, sooner or later, that the fruits of your labour are there waiting for you.

 

So push through the fear you may have of “getting hammered” and find the fruit that grows out on a limb.

If You Want To Succeed You Have To Plan For It

If You Want To Succeed You Have To Plan For It

Welcome to the start of another week. As you look out at what’s ahead are you looking at a achievements you’re working towards or is it more of a blank slate?

 

No judgement here. If it’s a blank slate and you are happy meeting life with whatever it has to offer as it approaches you that’s great. However, if there are definite things you want to achieve with your life you need to have a vision/plan for what you’re going to do to ensure life offers up the things you need to get you there.

 

Have a vision for what you want to achieve

In order to create the success you want, you need to have a clear vision of what it is you want to achieve. Picture yourself already in that position, as clearly as you can. What do you wear? Where do you live? What do you do with your days? Close your eyes and imagine yourself looking out through the eyes of your already successful self. Set aside a few minutes each day to visualize yourself already living the life you will live once you achieve your goals. In an article about visualization techniques Jack Canfield explains how visualization will create four important benefits:

 

  1. It activates your subconscious – which will start generating creative ideas to achieve your goal.

 

  1. It programs your brain – to readily perceive and recognize the resources you will need to achieve your dreams.

 

  1. It activates the law of attraction, thereby drawing into your life the people, resources, and circumstances you will need to achieve your goals.

 

  1. It builds your internal motivation to take the necessary actions to achieve your dreams.

 

Act like you’ve already achieved that success

When we say act as if you’ve already achieved your success we are not saying to go out and buy a car you can’t yet afford because that’s what you’ll be driving. We are saying approach life from the mindset of someone already successful. You don’t doubt your abilities because you have already proven yourself. You know people are interested in hearing your ideas because they and you already know they are good. It means approaching life with an open heart, ready to embrace more success based on past experience. Check out the article Why Acting-as-if Will Make You Twice As Successful From Medium

 

Success Isn’t About What You Have, But What You Do

Success Isn't About What You Have, But What You Do

Outward success

How would you define success? A beautiful house in a prestigious neighborhood? A luxury car? A wardrobe filled with designer label clothing? All those things are great and certainly present an outward face of success to the world, but that is if we are going to define success strictly in terms of dollars and cents.

 

Sharing of time and energy

How about a person who consistently makes other people smile and feel good about themselves? Someone who spends their weekends in a shelter helping troubled kids? Or uses their vacation time to go overseas and help build schools in developing countries? Would you deem that a successful way to spend a life?

 

Most of us do strive for that beautiful house and the other outward signs of success, but it’s important to remember what you see on the outside is only one kind of success.  Even if you can’t afford more than a basic car and you’re still living paycheck to paycheck that does not mean you cannot live a successful life.

 

What can I do? You might think. I barely have enough money to keep my own life in order. How can I give to someone else? Money is only one thing you can share with others. Just as important is time and energy and attention. Sometimes it’s the gifts with absolutely no monetary value that are worth the most to other people.

 

Every time you consider another person’s health or happiness you are adding more success to this world. It truly isn’t what we have or what we drive or what we wear that defines us. True, lasting, world changing success is measured by what we do.

 

The Purpose of Success

The Purpose of Success

Everyone wants success. Some people talk about it, some people dream about it, some people take definite, concrete steps toward achieving it.

 

It’s all well and good to want success and having a big house and a nice car are pretty good motivators for working toward it, but those types of goals don’t always sustain people through the long hard days. Or the inevitable failures or the mornings when they simply don’t want to get out of bed. The thing that does sustain is purpose. Solid reasons for wanting to achieve that success.

 

Three questions to help you find your purpose

 

In order to help you define that purpose, ask yourself these three questions:

  1. What can this success do for others?
  2. How will success change my life?
  3. How can my success leave the world a better place?

 

Put others first

 

Most of us don’t just want success for ourselves, we want it to help others, our families people less fortunate than ourselves. Remembering the impact we can have on others is often a greater motivator than thinking about the impact we have on ourselves.

 

Live for the experiences

 

Success brings things other than the ability to afford material possessions. It brings the ability to enjoy experiences. Experiences like travel and more time. By working hard in the shorter term, successful people provide themselves with extra time to devote to other things later on.

 

This wonderful world we all live on is not solely here for any one of us. When people achieve the success they’re after and they’ve helped out family, they invariably look around and see circumstances of others and want to do more. Thinking about the impact you can have on the world outside of your immediate surrounds make your purpose even stronger.

 

Start each week by looking at the answers to these questions and you’ll be well on your way to that success you’re after.

Life is Not A Sprint, It’s a Marathon

Life is Not A Sprint, It's a Marathon

You would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t know who William Shatner is. James T. Kirk, captain of the Star Ship Enterprise. Star of T. J. Hooker and Boston Legal.  Musician, author, director and pitchman for priceline.com (among others).

 

Bigger than life

He’s also famous for being William Shatner, the nickname The Shat, a bigger than life personality who makes as much fun of himself as others do with the characters he’s portrayed over the years.

 

Fall from grace

With so much William Shatner always going around, it’s hard to believe he spent a significant amount of time living in the back of his truck. Not before he hit it big as Captain Kirk, but after!

 

After Star Trek was cancelled no one in charge of casting could manage to separate William Shatner from Captain Kirk. Roles dried up and The Shat lost his house. During that period he was so desperate he would take any roe that came his way including small party appearances in people’s homes.

 

The climb back up

Despite a lack of prospects, despite more nos than most people are prepared to tolerate, William Shatner persisted. He did the game shows, did guest appearances on a variety of shows and a string of commercials.

 

During those years Star Trek was gaining popularity all on its own through reruns and a new opportunity opened up in the form of conventions –  then captain’s chair on the big screen.

 

No longer type cast

Although Captain Kirk was back among the stars, hobnobbing with aliens and traveling through time, William Shatner was no longer stuck being typecast. On the contrary he was being  given all kinds of roles on TV and in the movies. He’s got a star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame.

 

Living in the back of his truck, job offers few and far between, it would have been easy for William Shatner to have given up, but he did not. No matter how hard it got he knew, he was made not for the short dash, but for the long run.

 

Do You Think Your Thinking is Boxed In?

Do You Think Your Thinking is Boxed In?

You often hear the saying, “think outside the box.” This is what you will want to do when something isn’t going the way you want. Or when you just want to experience something different in your life. But how to you actually ‘think outside the box’?

First off, you need to understand that thinking outside the box requires you to take risks and approach problems with new and innovative ideas. Here are five ways to do something other than what everyone else is doing.

Talk to people outside of your industry

Chat with people who completely have nothing to do with the industry or line of work you are in/want to get in to. For example, if you’re an engineer, talk to someone in the music business. Those people might not be able to help you directly with engineering, but they also go through struggles and find ways to overcome it. Don’t trap yourself in the engineering bubble. New ideas from new people can set that light bulb off in your head.

Copy successful people

Copying people you look up to or have been down the same career path that you desire can really help you think outside the box. Learn about how people in the past have dealt with struggles and found ways to overcome it. Motivational books can also help. The best things about these books are that you get to read about the people who did things differently and how they were able to achieve success in their careers by not doing the same thing as everyone else.

Take a class

Who cares if you’ve already graduated? You can always sign up for part-time classes or take one full-time class and work on the side. Classes will help you learn something different and push new ideas into your brain. Plus, you also get to meet new people who can help you with your career or future goals!

Do some yoga

Mind, body and soul. Not to get too philosophical but you need to sometimes get in touch with your inner self, forget all the other things around you, and focus. Focus on a fresh new start.

Never say never

Just because it hasn’t been done before, doesn’t mean YOU can’t be the first to do it. It also doesn’t mean this thing you’re thinking of doing is the wrong way to do it. The whole point of thinking outside the box is to outsmart everyone and come up with something new and creative!