Rip tides are dangerous. You can swim a little and soon find yourself far from shore wondering, “How on earth did I get here?”
To avoid the drift and create a life of intention takes discipline, thought and time. Choose yourself. Here’s how to take the first step!
Step 1: Take a minute and just ask yourself these questions.
- What’s really important?
- What do you value?
- What or who do you love?
- What makes you come alive?
- What can you alone create?
- What connections do you want to make?
- What will you dare to care about?
Do you feel like you’re moving in a positive direction, drifting or off course?
How do you want to be remembered?
Would people remember you that way now based on how you’re living? Write your eulogy – ask your kids, friends, colleagues – if I died today – what would you say about me? Does it align with who you want to be?
What would happen if you weren’t here? What happens because you are?
Step 2: Decide where you want to go. Create a GPS for your Life and WRITE IT DOWN.
“The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder.” – Thomas Carlyle
I once knew a CEO who put his goals on the urinal so he would see them everyday.
Mine are above my jewelry armoire at the moment. And this is key – mine are more about WHO I want to be at home (healthy, happy). And WHAT I want to accomplish at work (publish, build, grow).
Step 3: Watch out for the roadblocks.
Every single day you’re going to have things that get in the way.
Puerto Rico – The DRIFT – NOBODY EVER DRIFTED TO A DESTINATION THEY WOULD HAVE CHOSEN.
- Be careful of the rip tide.
- So many DISTRACTIONS
- Poor physical, mental or spiritual health
- Family issues
Step 4: Work that Plan and Build in Accountability
Schedule a meeting with yourself for two hours every week and once a day for 30 minutes.
Build in 360 Accountability
Step 5: Get a Virtual Mentor and one IRL
Some of mine are:
- James Altucher
- Michael Hyatt
- Tim Keller
- Seth Godin
- Lysa TerKeurst