By someone's clock I just rolled over 50. Age is truly nothing but a number. And, it's not even that really. I breathe no differently than I did ten years ago. My doctor said so and doctors know everything even though mine tells me I now need a colonoscopy. Many of you know I write an original, daily, motivational quote called Today's Line to Live By. I captured a bunch of those Today's Line here and also put that nifty four minute video together. I hope you enjoy these 50 years and 50 lessons in 4 minutes.
Have you ever wondered why you’re unable to fulfill your purpose even when you’re so clear on what your purpose is? There are four must do’s to fulfill your purpose: 1) Sacrifice. First things first. You need to be willing to give up—a lot. 2) Learn. You never stop being a student. 3) Believe. You must believe in yourself no matter what. 4) Focus. With a vision, your why, and the how, you’ll be focused.
Have you ever wondered how to unlock your true potential? Most people focus on igniting the wrong things. What if you knew how to enhance the three keys—that already exist within you—to reach the level of happiness and success you want?
Have you ever wanted to change careers? Perhaps you’re a tenured professional looking for something new. You could be a college student questioning whether you chose the right major or should pursue a career in the profession you studied. Most people face these “questions” at some point in their lives. Here's the first things to do when you want to change careers.
As I paid homage to our veterans on this Memorial Day, I started thinking about all they sacrificed to help ensure our world’s safety. This led to more thinking about our humanity, which led to more thinking. It seems to me no matter your age, we all appear to be part of a worldwide midlife crisis. Everyday, I study the behavior of individuals and companies, and it's a bit head scratching at what we—as a society—have become. Of course, it won’t surprise most; we've collectively dragged each other well below mediocrity in most aspects related to quality, service, and respect. I can't help but think a temporarily cheated destiny won't let us get away scot-free with this sustained behavior.
With respect to well-intentioned and caring parents, mentors, coaches, and anyone else who provides insight and guidance by the minute. There are simply some expressions no one should ever utter to another. Daily, millions of people wrap these six words around recommendations. Even worse, many more millions follow those recommendations. Unfortunately, this advice is usually the biggest culprit of setbacks and stagnation. Spoiler alert: I’m not going to wait until the end of the article to tell you what the six words are.
It is mind boggling to me people still stumble when it comes to being effective in their work and life. I say this because the ten most valuable life skills are actually choices. I couldn’t care less what God-given talents you have (or lack). It makes no difference how skilled or educated you are. (It really doesn’t and please don’t make me go get my statistics about performance and billionaires.) When it comes right down to it, most of what makes you successful in life are your choices. Your choices will always trump your circumstances.
Contrary to what most people think—or allow—managing your time is not a democracy. We also don’t suffer from time deprivation because of other people’s incessant need for our attention. There are three primary reasons we’re starved for time: We don’t know when to prioritize, how to prioritize, or how to maintain our priorities. But, if you want an extra hour of time every day, I have some techniques that will provide immediate results.
Have you ever gotten stuck on a project? Have you ever felt stuck in life? Live long enough and you’ll become stuck over and over and over again. College students get stuck in their majors or studies. Young adults become confused in their careers. Tenured professionals know better than all the meaning of stuck—when day-in-and-day-out takes on a meaning you can comprehend only from excessive years of 9-to-5-ing it. I don’t have the silver-bullet answer, but I have what I think is the ultimate question to ask yourself when you get stuck.
Have you ever felt the other party didn’t understand you? Have you ever been frustrated when you couldn’t convince someone of your brilliant idea? If so, you’ll be glad to know I’ve learned the hard way there are 7 essentials to make sure they never miss your point.