This chapter is about bringing it all together. If you like this is the summary of what I am doing and what I think the basics of an organised life, efficient working style and great communication entails. Again, do not forget that this is quite subjective and there are some things that work better for some than others….
That’s how I started this chapter in my book. Yet it should probably be the core focus in the book – starting with the book end in mind….It is about the vision you have in life. The greater thing you want to achieve. The life, the job, the career that is important to you. I have been quoting Steve Jobs for a while saying that you don’t really need any motivation, as the vision is pulling you if you are working on something exciting. And that is fundamentally true.
If you are working on a new product, bringing something to market or are eager to get a family started, or the long anticipated job, then you are having a vision. This vision will pull you along, and you will manage to achieve all of that – by being pulled. Sounds easy, but you will know when it hits you. When you get up in the morning with an energy and enthusiasm to achieve something, to get going and work on something until it works. That’s the vision, your drive, your enthusiasm. You will succeed. This goes in line with an inner urge to succeed and make it work. No matter what.
I still read a lot of personal development books, and mainly about how to raise the bar. What I like to understand is how you can continue to push the bar and still succeed and grow. Is there infinite growth in personal development? Will I ever be able to raise the bar to where I want it to be? My answer is clear: YES. One can achieve anything in life as long as you put your mind to it, have a clear vision and goal setting.
Whatever you decide to do, you can achieve it. Whatever you put your mind to, you can achieve it. Practising and being part of what you preach is key. Being one with yourself is also key. What I mean with that is if you are 100% you, not fake or pretend to be someone, then you will be able to be 100% within the now and be yourself, be real and can grasp the moment. You will be an achiever! One must give 100% of oneself to achieve one’s goals! You might be able to rise above others but do not become arrogant. When spirit and body, a healthy body I shall say, come together to form a “youness” – that is when you start having energy flowing through your body that makes you kind of invincible.
There are a few books I have read that have had a great impact on me. One was Chasing Daylight (O’Kelly, Eugene (2008), Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life, McGraw-Hill, Maidenhead) which is a book Eugene O’Kelly started writing when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour he would not survive long enough to finish the book. He describes his journey from loving husband and father and leading CEO to being diagnosed with an incurable disease. As a committed CEO he travelled the world in order to sit next to a prospect on a plane to close a deal. As a committed husband and father he describes his thoughts being on his sick bed looking back at his life. A very powerful book. The key message is to enjoy and cherish the moment, the time you have, make it real, make it awesome for others and yourself.
Eugene achieved a lot. I don’t want to end this post on a low, but sometimes you need to realise NOW what you have. What you are grateful for and what drives you on. Don’t forget, just because you dream big doesn’t mean you should neglect what you have. Do a reality check, be grateful for what you have, and make sure you have this vision to pull you.
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