Had a fascinating text message conversation with one of my favorite people and friend. She identifies on her LinkedIn profile as a ‘Destiny Activator’. This means she is very adept helping people discover their true calling in life or more specifically their ‘Why’.
She was working on a keynote speech for a large conference and decided to include a little about me in her speech. She was the first person I mentioned the concept ‘Walk into the Future’ to and she wanted to gauge my progress on the project.
She asked me the following questions:
- What is your why? The purpose why you show up every day for what you do
- How does your purpose keep you going during the difficult seasons?
It took me a little time to fully understand her questions and then formulate a response she could use in her keynote address.
My ‘why’ is to impact people in a positive way to leave them better than when I found them. This includes normal conversations, consulting sessions, mentoring opportunities or just when they have questions or concerns. Making a positive difference has always been my mantra and now I can say this is my purpose why I show up every day for what I do.
I review who I have helped in the past and see them giving back to someone else. This is how my purpose keeps me moving forward during the difficult seasons. I view people I have helped as ‘roots or branches’ to my tree of life.
Don’t think I would have formulated this concept without my friend asking me these pointed questions. I am happy she asked me, and very excited she wanted to highlight me during her keynote address. Looks like my ‘why’ is still going strong!
What is your why? How does your purpose keep you going during the difficult seasons?
What motivates you?
I would guess things quite different from what motivates me
The drive I seek comes from things I have seen
Some good, some bad
Some fair, some foul
The secret here is to use them all
Never let the opinion of others sway your desire
To reach the pinnacle you aspire
Continue to work to meet and exceed your goals
Remind the doubters you are in control
Dreams will become reality soon enough
Got to keep working because life can be rough
Find your motivation, live your dreams
A motivated life is a wonderful sight to be seen
What motivates/inspires you? How can you leverage this daily to walk into the future?
Who can you inspire today to do great things? Reach out and share this power to make the world better!
Walk into the Future signifies the ability to understand tomorrow is coming and you should not be afraid to move forward. The way you decide to walk into the future will be your own unique journey. Chart your course and then work to navigate your way towards the life goals you decide to create. Use your time to explore and find what makes you happy on this new journey. Examples include:
- Take that vacation you have been putting off
- Decide to create your own blog to document your walk into the future
- Make time for family and friends (again)
- Discover new talents you may have or wanted to explore
- Live life the way you want to
The specifics of these examples can be worked out in more detail but leverage this concept to guide your journey.
My first ‘walk’ was to head down to Negril, Jamaica to enjoy the food, sun and culture. This experience was a way to unwind and recharge my mental focus. I was able to catch up on some long overdue reading for personal enjoyment. The ability to consume works by my favorite authors brings me a lot of joy, so this was an added benefit of walking into the future via my trip to Negril. Time for naps was readily available and enjoyed during this phase as well. What’s a trip to Negril, Jamaica without a trip to Rick’s Café to watch people (tourists and locals) take turns cliff diving. The reggae is awesome, and the sunsets are great at Rick’s Café. Being there enjoying the irie vibe is a tremendous way to unwind and enjoy the island.
This recharge will be used to launch several 2018 projects to bring me closer to who I want to be (professional and personal) and to bring a new level of good to my community. The charge is to make a difference daily!
Enjoy the process! Walk—don’t run!