The length of our journey through life is not known. For some, it spans decades whilst for others it is merely a matter of days. None of us know for certain when we will be called to leave this earth.
It has often been said, live this day as if it is your last. Like many sayings, it might sound good, but it is not practical. I doubt many of you would choose to spend your last day alive reliving yesterday.
I prefer to think of my life journey as a pursuit of my dream. Kind of like training for the Big Event. You see I do not know when I will be called up to the Big Event (Death), but if I have been training and preparing, I will be ready as I have worked towards accomplishing that which I have set out for.
To successfully achieve our dreams, we need to keep improving ourselves.
How do we do this?
You must maintain a Healthy Body
You must have a Healthy Mind
You must surround yourself with the right People
You must keep stepping out of your Comfort Zone
If you do not have a clear dream that you are pursuing, then I invite you to take the first step and join us at The Warrior Tribe. We are a group of people committed to creating the best versions of ourselves through Healthy Body, Healthy Mindset, Healthy Relationships, and Healthy FinancialWealth.
Our next event takes place on Wednesday the 5thDecember at 20h00 SAST (UCT+2). We will be hosting a FREE 2-part Webinar in which we will walk you through creating your very own Personal Vision andMission Statement.
This morning whilst journaling I got onto writing about some of my experiences of 2018. A year of highs and lows but running throughout the year was a solid theme. Every year we, as a family, set themes for ourselves. This is similar to a New Year’s Resolutions or Goals, they are just wider and more encompassing. For Tania and I, we thread our themes into our Personal Vision and Missions Statements.
Vision and Mission Statements are not just for big companies. In fact, creating a vision and mission for your personal life is amazingly powerful.
This defines what success and excellence look like for you. This is your map (vision) to where you are heading as you march towards the future you and it reflects your personal values, goals, and purpose and how you choose to behave (mission).
This powerful statement encapsulates your dreams, the person you would like to be, what you choose to do with your life and what you value in your life.
If you get this right, it should inspire you to be conscious of giving your best and helping you understand why you are doing what you do every day.
Tania and I have found that by having our own Vision and Mission statement we have a very clear idea of what we are working towards. Without this, we tend to be far more reactive to circumstances that surround us. Without this tool, Tania and I would find ourselves lost in the day to day activities that consume many of our lives.
Our vision keeps us accountable to step outside our comfort zone and to stretch ourselves to create better versions of who we are.
We would like to invite you to join us for a free 2-part webinar, in which we will explain Personal Vision and Mission Statements in greater detail and help you create your own so that you can take control over your destiny. Whether or not you have done this before, you will find immense value from tuning in to our webinar. Regardless of your age, you should have your own Vision and Mission Statements written out and serving as your roadmap.
Many of us dream of having the perfect body; or the perfect relationship; the perfect job and many other fanciful dreams.
Imagine if I could guarantee that I could help you make this a reality? What would you be willing to do to make it happen?
Firstly, I do not believe that so-called perfection exists. We might land the perfect job, but after a while, there are bound to be certain aspects that will irritate us, or worse still we might end up getting bored with this perfection.
On the other hand, if perfection did exist, what would it look like to you? I know of many people who strive for perfection, yet it always seems to elude them. The bodybuilder who reaches his ideal weight and reaches that point he has been working so hard to achieve suddenly moves his own goal posts. The entrepreneur who has a turnover figure in mind to make him feel like he has arrived, soon finds himself chasing more.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to be better or to keep creating bigger goals and dreams. In fact, that is part of being a human. The trouble comes when we want perfection.
Perfection is a lot like chasing the end of the rainbow. One never quite gets there, it is always just out of reach.
So, if not perfection then what should we strive for?
How about taking a moment to consider that you may actually be perfect just the way you are? There is no way to attain perfection you simply are perfect.
This takes away the need to try and achieve perfection. For me, this then becomes another of life’s great dualities. We cannot achieve perfection as it is elusive, yet we are perfect as we are. I cannot even describe perfection, let alone imagine what it might look like.
So where am I going with all this?
I find myself focusing on the things that I would like to avoiding my life rather than focusing on the things that I would like to attract in my life. I know full well that this is opposite of how I should behave, yet throughout the day I catch myself thinking about so-called problems or things that I should be paying less attention to.
For example, I am in the process of getting a little more active. As I am relatively unfit, my motivation is low. I find myself thinking about avoiding the couch or the bed after work. I think about how I should make sure that I do not “work overtime”. A far better use of my time would be to think of the benefits of going for that run or swim. I could imagine how much better I would feel afterward. I know all of this, and still, I struggle to maintain the focus that I feel I should have.
Instead of thinking about perfection, I could choose to focus on what I can do today that would take me one step closer to where I want to be.
I could take action instead of just thinking about it. Like you I know a lot of the things that I should do but I don’t always implement them. The old story about good intentions and things.
What I have learned though is to keep taking small steps towards my desired outcome. I now find myself walking through the house practicing a sequence of karate moves, or driving around with my book so that I can read for a few minutes while waiting for the kids to finish school. I carry around a notebook to encourage me to write down my ideas. We have a shelf in the fridge full of water bottles and we keep no soft drinks around. I have created little habits that assist me in moving forward even when I am not always in the mood.
Perfect, not anywhere close, however, I am moving in the direction of my chief desire and some day’s I go slower than others, but every day I take a step forward. One day I will end up being a product of all these little quirks and habits of mine, and I hope that I will be proud of who I have become on this journey.