Ok, you’ve lived a life that has included many things you are proud of. You’ve grown up. You probably had a great childhood filled with a lot of happy memories. You did what was expected of you and got grades good enough to get into the college of your choice. Maybe it’s because you didn’t want to upset your parents.
Or maybe you defied all the conventional teaching and became an author, painter, musician or other creative.
As a result, you’ve had a chance to experience the world on many levels. Some of you have traveled the world extensively. Some have done this while climbing the corporate ladder. Others as insatiable entrepreneurs. Still others created things that only YOU could create and have been wonderfully rewarded for it.
You may have raised a family or are starting one.
My One Question
You’ve always been a goal oriented person. You tried no matter what you were doing to set realistic but slightly uncomfortable goals. You’ve seen that approach bring you success and maybe even wealth. You saw that it was working so you kept doing it in all your pursuits.
Good for you!
Now, my ONE question: How much fun do you now have in your life every day?
Do you wake up every morning like a kid at Christmas? Or has your life become a “been there, done that, now what?” kind of affair.
To tell you the truth, mine has fallen into that latter category. You can read more of my story here.
That’s Not What You Wanted To Hear?
Hey, I’m just being straight with you. I’m one of you who woke up one day and asked “Where the hell did the last (ten, twenty, thirty or more) years go? Yes, I’ve lived my life and had successes and failures just like you. Yes, I too have things in my life I wouldn’t trade anybody for.
But you know what? At 57, I still believe I have a LOT more life to live. A LOT more to contribute, build and leave to help all who come after me.
You know what else? I also believe I’m not going get there living like I have been. I’ve made a promise to myself to not let the next (and possibly last) thirty years slip by like the last ones have. I’m going to make consistent changes that will have me building a bigger life for myself and those around me.
How Do I Propose To Do This?
This blog is going to be all about my mission. My hope is that it will become your mission too!
Here’s just a sampling of what I’ll be doing in the coming months and years.
Consistent Small Changes Add Up
As Darren Hardy in The Compound Effect states: “You don’t have to decide to go skydiving one day to bring more fun into your life.”
That’s a credo I intend to live by for the duration of my life. Research has shown that making incremental yet regular changes to how you live your life will allow you to become a person you won’t even recognize in a year or two. This is how you build a bigger life.
So, let me put your mind at ease. This is not going to be a blog about going from one extreme sport to another. Or, finding the scariest thing you can imagine doing and making yourself do it.
I realize there is no shortage of blogs you could find on that topic! So, if that’s what you’re looking for I would recommend you google “insane (whatever)” and you’ll get all the reading material you could ever need.
Comfort Zone Touches
I’m not saying that everything you’ll do will be easy. No. I will say that sometimes an area of your life only needs a tweak and not an overhaul. That’s why I’ll give you a range of comfort zone challenges.
You’ll be able to choose your level of comfort with new things just as I will. I’ll present things I’m going to try or have tried and give you the info you need to give it a go. On some things, I’ll also report my success or failure with it.
The main thing I ask is for you to keep an open mind and give serious consideration to these challenges. You may find you’re miles ahead of me in some areas and a bit behind in others. No matter. This is NOT a competition. It is a growing process and I want to do everything I can to get you involved in it with me.
Safe Place To Talk
Most of all, I’m hoping you’ll share YOUR experiences with the comfort zone challenges as well. We can ALL benefit from the others’ experiences here! Don’t ever think your input is in any way inferior.
Remember, “the only person you should compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday” Amy Morin.
Each person who shares helps to lift us all up. There’s no doubt in my mind about that.
Please feel free to add comments to any post you’ve had experience with that has helped you in any way. I would love to hear from you and I know others will feel the same way too.
I have extensive experience researching and writing about mindset hacks. I’ll be sharing many of them throughout the coming weeks, months and years. I’ll make sure and back up whatever I’m telling you with references to where you can read more about it.
Sometimes, we’re a total wreck and need an overhaul. Other times, we’re only missing ONE piece of a puzzle and getting that piece can change our lives. My sincere wish is that I can provide that missing piece exactly when you need it. I also hope sticking around will help you make more extensive repairs if that’s where you are.
(Disclaimer: I am NOT a mental health professional nor do I even pretend to diagnose or treat any mental illnesses. My only goal on this blog is to recommend things that have helped me and others for you to try for yourself. I want to help you build a bigger life.)
Are You On Board?
Finally, leave me a comment below and let me know what you’d like to see covered in this blog. I’ll be happy to do my best to get that covered ASAP. If it’s beyond the scope of this blog, I’ll tell you that too.
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I look forward to hearing more from and helping you!
(Jeff’s Note: I want us to think like builders and artisans. What if the person or people who created the beautiful wall pictured above thought “What difference is ONE MORE stupid stone going to make here?” Let each new experience we share be another stone in YOUR creation.)