Are You Failing Or Learning To Fly?
I think that my favorite holiday has always been New Years. It is filled with such promise and hope for the future that the anticipation of ringing in the New Year has always been more exciting than waiting for Santa Clause. I have always wanted to see what the future holds, but I was failing.
During my time here at WA, I have gotten to read many posts by all of you wonderful author's. And one of you wrote a review of a book by someone I greatly admire; Jim Rohn. Your review of that book moved me to buy the 7 Strategies for Wealth And Happiness. I don't remember who you are, but I am sure you know who you are, but already this book has changed my whole outlook on 2016.
I would like to share with all you this book because I consider myself to be a student of Jim Rohn. And just like a student, he says that you can take the knowledge that you learn and do nothing with it or you can use it to change your life. Sadly, most of us will do nothing but then again that is why only about 3% of the population becomes entrepreneurs
The AHA Moment
The book begins with the day that turned Rohn's life around. He couldn't afford to buy a box of $2 Girl Scout cookies. He vowed then and there he would never go through the embarrassment of saying no when he wanted to say yes, and he would never be angry with himself for being a failure.
As the book progresses, he starts to talk about having a plan and planning out your ling term goals. (These are some things I would love to cover in another post). One of the things he says is that without a long term vision/dream of your future you will settle for complacency. If you do not know what you want and do not plan out smaller goals to get it, you will never get it and settle for a mediocre life of paying bills and then dying. Were we really meant to pay bills and die?
This idea of having a goal for your life has really struck a chord with me. I have also been reading a fictitious book along with the Rohn book and in the fictitious book the main character has just realized that she runs from life and never plans things out. She just moves through life like a zombie waiting for the next thing to come along.
I began to see both books were a reflection of my life. Ask the 13 year old me what I wanted to be when I grew up and she would tell you everything right down to the college she would attend, city she would live in, what her home would look like, etc. Ask the 16 year old version and she would shrug her shoulders and stare at the ground.
Around the time I was 16, someone went "Boo", and my childhood dreams and goals were gone. I was lost without any vision or dream for my future. I picked a college degree, after 4 years of being at school, simply by choosing what subject I had the most credits in and taking that as my degree, after 6 years in total at college.
I have always taken the first job that came my way and loved it at the start, but soon found myself craving more. It wasn't until I read this Rohn book that I realized why. If I had no dream or vision for my future then I was willing to settle for complacency and then move on to the next complacent thing.
This kind of dreamless life is not one that I would want any of you to have. I want to help people succeed as much as I want to help myself. More importantly, though, I want you to have a dream and purpose for your life. Without it, your time here at WA will never be successful and you will just settle for what is "safe". This is what I want to share with all of you from this book and I hope it helps you as much as it is already helping.
So until we meet again, start thinking about what you want out of life. Get crazy! Think about all the things you want to accomplish, see, do, experience, own, etc. and write it all down. Until you write it down and put it into action, it will always remain a dream.
Feel free to share some of these dreams!