A carpenter who had worked hard all his life thought it was finally time for him to retire and lead a more leisurely life and enjoy his family. He told his boss about his plans.
The boss, sorry to see one of his best worker leave, convinced the carpenter to take up one last job.
Although the carpenter had agreed, his heart was not in the job. He was already dreaming of his retired life. And his job suffered as a result.He opted for inferior materials and most often did shoddy work.
Finally, the house was completed.The boss came to inspect the house and when he was leaving, pressed a key into the carpenter’s hand.”This is your house, my gift to you for all these years of work”, the boss said.
The carpenter was shocked!
If you know you are building the house you are going to live in, how would you build it?
The life you have built and living right now,was created by the choices, big or small, you have made so far. It is only logical that the future you create are made by your choices you make today.
This is our super power – the ability to create and re-build our lives any way we want. It is the super power no one can take away from us.
How can we tap into this super power?
Trying to build your life without taking the time to examine and think about what you really want is like going to the grocery store without a list.
After two hours of browsing pretty things which you don’t need or will never buy, you will leave the store with stuff – you should have never bought,you already have or are going to regret in the next few hours.
Don’t go shopping without a list. Write one today.
What do you want to do? Not just your career, but all the fun things too. Want to visit a place, buy that dress, write that book – write everything down.
While writing the list, don’t let logic, humility, fear, practicality or even reality interfere with it. Imagine you have your own personal genie granting you everything you want and the best part – there are no limits.
“If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”Robert Fritz
Wasn’t that fun?
Now, you have an outline of you want in life, from life.
Feed your dream
Have you heard of the two wolves that battle within us?
One good and one bad.
One made up of ours dreams, aspirations, love, happiness and fullfillment.
And the other of doubt, fear, guilt, regret, inferiority, resentment.
So which one wins?
The one you feed.
“May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears.”Nelson Mandela
Now that you have a road map of where you want to go, think about every choice you make. Will this choice take me closer or farther away from what I want?
The choice is not always clear, not always simple.
Sometimes we hesitate to make a choice.”What if I regret choosing this? What if it’s too late to turn back?”
The bigger danger is not making a choice. Doing nothing. Staying exactly where you are when all you want to do is leave.
Pick the best choice available and move on.
Your choices may not always take you where you want- because life happens and life is unpredictable. But you have a road map and even if you veer away for a bit, you can always get back on track.
If nothing else remember, bad choices make good stories.
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”Jim Rohn