Today’s post is going to be quite different than what I normally post about. As we reach the end of one year and start looking to the next, it’s a good time to reflect on where we are and where we’re going. He are a couple of thoughts to consider.
Life is Just Long Enough
As a species, we seek to increase our longevity, we hope to become immortal through our children or through a legacy.
Some of us spend a lifetime in pursuit of goals and riches at the expense of the reason we’re here in the first place: to live!
None of us are put on this earth to be a leader or a celebrity, that might be the outcome, but it is not the fundamental goal: we arrive here to live. To live every moment and experience as much as we can in the time we have available to us. And yet from the moment we become aware of ourselves here, we start watching a clock, and timing everything; judging our worth and successes based on time spent or dollars earned.
Time management and a bank balance are simply a scorecard, and the greatest way for you to achieve the successes you want in that regard is to stop watching then and instead live. Make your business something that fills your working hours with joy and elation. None of us are here to do tasks that we hate, we’re here to live for ourselves, it’s the only thing we owe.
The moral here is that in life as well as in our businesses, we shouldn’t waste time. Our lives are for living, and our businesses should be in support of that goal. To live is supposed to be a great adventure. It’s not about what we’re going to leave behind or about being remembered. It’s about the relationships and experiences we have along the way, and there is always enough time for those, just choose to experience it that way.
Look Before You Leap
How often have you heard the phrase: Look before you leap?
It’s a favorite of parents and child minders, whenever they are out and the children are running around jumping over things, and generally being children. As those children grow and attend school they are taught the same principal over again in all things: “Look before you leap”. Be careful. In many ways the formative years of our lives are spent learning how to be restricted.
In adulthood, we are afraid and anxious to make any form of jump at all. We are conditioned to be so afraid of the results of that leap that many of us choose not to leap at all.
Then there are the entrepreneurs, the ecommerce cowboys, those that will walk right up to the edge of the cliff or balance along the edge of the wall, but many won’t take that last piece of courage and just jump over.
That is a skill that’s lost to our early youth and we choose to perpetuate that by teaching it to generation after generation.
But what if instead we could learn from the children’s natural inclinations, and rekindle that courage, that fearlessness: to leap without thinking, just blindly trusting in ourselves that it will all work out right? Just having faith…
Think of what we could accomplish without the fear of failure. What is a failure anyway? It’s merely a lesson that we have not yet learned how to correct. A child knows nothing of failure, think about your own childhood, if something didn’t work out, did you view it as a failure for yourself or was it an adult telling you it was?
To us as children, its merely- Oh well that didn’t work out let’s just try it again slightly differently this time, eventually one of them is going to work.
Children are full of hope and wonder, enthusiasm and innovativeness, its only as adults that these traits are caged. There are still things that we as adults can learn from our children, we just have to choose to see them properly.