Please, Try! (5YTL)

tryI really hate it when people don’t try.

The assumption of failure claims more successes than any failed attempts.  Living life in fear of failure is akin to hating broccoli without ever tasting it.  Then, on your death bed, someone gives you a taste of warm broccoli with butter sauce and dipping cheese.  It turns out, you love broccoli, and you’re going to die without all of those wonderful broccoli memories you could have had.

Day after day, people cower under an unspoken fear that an attempt at success will fail.  Terrified of possible failure, we seize and create the worst failure of all…  Failure to act.  We turn to stone in mid sentence and fail to do anything at all.

Why do we do this?

  • Are we afraid of the judgment of others?
  • Are we scared that we’ll spend the resources we have and have nothing to show for it?
  • Are we fearful that we’re undeserving and others will look at us with  “Who does he think he is?”

If any of these are your reasons for resigning yourself to mediocrity and inaction, ask yourself why.  How important is someone else’s view of you?  Money is just money.  Who you think you are is the real question.  Who are you?  What are you meant to do?  What will be your legacy?

Make the leap.  Do something meaningful and extraordinary.  Do something, and do it all the way!  The most amazing things were invented by people who thrived on overcoming their failures.  The most incredible differences have been made by people whose failures outnumbered their successes by far.

Don’t die quietly, satisfying someone else’s need to conformity and mediocrity.  Die, leaving a legacy of action, bold determination, and difference.

Eat the damn broccoli!  Tomorrow Begins Today.

Do Stuff That Matters (5YTL)

MatterNo matter what, it is important to do things that matter.

We get drawn in to things, activities, web pages, and even recreational activities that don’t matter.  They don’t move us forward.  They slowly, minute by minute, consume our lives.

We are meant to accomplish great things in our lives.  We are meant to impact each other in community and have a good and positive effect on each other. We are meant to create sustainable results in our work and home lives.

The difference between who you are today and you will become is what you do.  The actions you take and the choices you make will be the determining factors in who you are tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, and so-on.  Life isn’t happening to you.  It is happening because of you.  Life is shaped by how you choose to invest it.  Are you investing wisely in your life and the legacy you hope and plan to leave behind?

We need to invest in each other.  We need to invest in the projects that move us forward.  We need to invest in work that is meaningful and propels us to greater heights.  If we allow ourselves to be distracted by things that don’t matter, we risk losing critical opportunities to do the good stuff, the right stuff.

Let’s stay focused on the right things and experience the success that comes with Doing Things That Matter.  Tomorrow Begins Today.

 What will you change today?