There you are. Hunched over a computer in a dimly lit cubicle. There is an empty Coke can next to a partially eaten sandwich on your left, and a stack of paperwork on your right. You are dead. You’re alive, but…dead. Your life quotes are from a Garfield or Dilbert cartoon. “I HATE Mondays,” and “TGIF!” You numb your pain with the distraction of television, or a Netflix binge, and the mundane is given two days of reprieve each week, but is that enough?
Come with me if you want to live-I mean REALLY live! You have to get into the time machine! First stop: your eight year old self. When we get there, he will ask you what you get to do as a grown up. Will he say “RAD!”? Ask him what he thinks would be “rad” when he is grown up. Take notes. If he asks about the future, just mumble something about not tearing a hole in the space time continuum or something and jump back in. Next stop, the future.
Not the future that you are plodding towards right now, but the one you were meant to live. The one that makes your current self say, “Rad!” Take a look. Listen. What kind of person are you? What do you get to do? What do you get to have? What does it feel like? What does it look like and smell like? Take notes and remember the images you see. Our field trip is almost over. We are going back home, to the present.
If you understand your why-you can endure any what. -Viktor Fankl
At first, you are sad, but after some time, you become inspired by your trek. The future-is that really possible? Yes, it is. How? How? you begin to ask yourself. Then a plan begins to form. Your cubicle just became a little brighter.
Want to be more and do more? It doesn’t happen by accident. You need a plan. Your plan is the “how”. It is born from your “why”. Viktor Frankl said “If you understand your why-you can endure any what.” Viktor Fankl survived 3 Nazi concentration camps.
Let your vision burn bright. Feed it. Grow it. One thing that I like to have my coaching clients do is a Vision Board. Here they put images on a corkboard or posterboard that express their why. To get to their “why”, I have them visually answer three questions: 1)Who do you want to be? 2)What do you want to do? 3)What do you want to have?
Once you have this, your time machine is built. You can go into the future anytime you want. It will give you the strength to push through some tough stuff. It will give you the power to overcome. It will be a roadmap, and if you follow it, you will reach your destination. Time machines are pretty rad, huh?
Donnie Tuttle is a speaker, sales coach, and trainer. He was not born a sales person, but was transformed into one when he was bitten by a radioactive spider. www.levelupsalescoach.com