What Would It Take to Have Your Best Year Ever?
My new friend, Brian G. Johnson, posted this image on Facebook and I found the question to be profound. It really is quite profound if you pause for a moment beyond an impulsive reply. So much so that I decided to write a blog post and my very first post on Medium.
Its easy to throw out the ethereal responses like “Get a Million Dollars”, or “Get Out of Debt!”. Although those responses might be valid and quite common for most, the question sort of tugs at you if you are honest enough with yourself to admit it. Really! If you think in terms of chronological events or happenings, what would need to happen in the next 365 days for you to look back and say that was the best year of your life?
Does it include such things like:
- Losing Body Fat / Weight Loss (and what would it take to accomplish that?)
- Running your first 5K , 10K , 1/2 Marathon, a Marathon? (and what would it take to accomplish that?)
- Buying your first house? (and what would it take to accomplish that?)
- Graduating from High School or College? (and what would it take to accomplish that?)
- Getting that job you really wanted (and what would it take to accomplish that?)
- Starting a ‘successful business’? (and what would it take to accomplish that?)
- Authoring / Writing a Book? (and what would it take to accomplish that?)
- Getting Healthy? (and what would it take to accomplish that?)
Often the ‘what’ is confused with ‘how’. Ideally, we have goals or accomplishments that we desire. But the true ‘what’ is actually ‘how’ we will achieve them. Its about the journey or as that song says ‘Its the Climb’.
It may be coincidental, or maybe not, that I just listened to Lewis Howes’ The School of Greatness Podcast about How to Find Joy in the Journey (when everything else sucks) in which he describes enjoying the process.
I think listening to this a few times might ground anyone answering the question about what would need to happen in the next 365 days to look back and say that was the best year of your life. Embracing and preparing yourself for the challenges and investment it will take to reach whatever it is that you set as your goal(s) is a good idea. Achieving those goals will take work. It will take some hustle. It will take lots of hustle! Some things will need to happen in order to experience the destination(s) you seek to reach.
The list and possibilities can go on forever. Some or most of the ideas can seem selfish to all of us and yet if some or many of these happenings came to fruition and contributed to you having your best year ever, they just might effect a lot of other people as well. And in the process, it would be awesome to have attained the goal you set for yourself. The satisfaction you would receive from knowing that what made your best year ever helped others in some way, would be a bonus or amplify your best year ever. The choice really is yours to make.
What will it take?
Thats something to consider.
Although I won’t list exactly what I think would have to happen in the next 365 days for me to look back and say that was the best year of my life, I’ll admit that the question itself is powerful and motivating. Its awesome to consider the possibilities. I know that it has something to do with finding something that has magic in it for me and doing it so it brings value to others while sustaining my family.
Poof! Pixie Dust!
Brian has a saying. “Poof! Pixie Dust!”, and it has magic! Considering the question he posed, I can’t seem to not think about it deeply. It has made an impact on my thoughts today. I’m now thinking about the next 365 days, the future, my business and personal goals in future tense without consideration of what has happened in the past and what hinders me. The flight or fight principle shows up now quite clearly. Put up or shut up homie! Embracing the challenges that may come to pass is now a lot more exhilarating and magical. The path, seems a bit more illuminated now, despite knowing there will be challenges and obstacles.
Being motivated by the question of what it will take to reach or experience the goal of having an extraordinary year helps me reverse engineer and plan accordingly.
So….What would need to happen in the next 365 days for you to look back and say that was the best year of your life?