Friday, December 24, 2004

Book Excerpt: Ready, Set, Action

Excerpt from my book: Reach for the Stars:

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me";
Erma Bombeck

Ready, Set, Action:

The eulogy exercise should offer you some important insights. It should reveal what is truly important to you. Use it as a guide to create your destiny.

Take some time to really think about your dreams. Visualize what you want your life to be. Add lots of details. Paint a picture in your mind of the best possible future that you can imagine. Focus on how these achievements will make you feel when you look back on them at the end of your life.

Do not make the mistake of putting your focus on material gain. That subject will be covered later. Focus on accomplishments, experiences, relationships, and the emotional rewards that you desire.

Do you want to feel loved, or accepted? Do you want to feel that you have done something good for others? Do you want to feel secure, or safe? Do you want the satisfaction of knowing that your life has meaning?

These are the paints and brushes that you must use to create your vision.

Close your eyes, and paint the picture.

Once you have created your masterpiece, the work begins. You must convert your big idea to ACTION. Now, if it’s a really big idea, this can be a bit overwhelming. So, I recommend that you think about it some more and then go sit on the couch and eat a bag of potato chips.

No, not really, what you need to do is visualize the journey, and then just like Dorothy did in the Wizard of Oz, you need to step onto the path and begin.

I can tell you what the first step is. It’s the same for all of us. Get up out of your chair and take a step towards your goal. That step might be to your phone, or your computer, or to your car. Whatever it is, go do it. Put an action behind your idea. You are now on the path to your goal!

Break your vision up into little steps. Feed on each little action as you go. It is fulfilling and satisfying. If your dream is big enough, you will be able to feast on it for your entire lifetime! You might even be able to get others to join in and host a banquet! How great is that?

The beauty is that if you are focused on feeding off of your dream, and it is fulfilling and sustaining you…guess what, all the other problems in your life are not getting your attention. They are starving and becoming weak. With this dream as your source of spiritual nutrition, you will not fall prey to self pity, depression, negative thinking, or boredom driven habits that nullify the great experience of living.

Only the things that you put energy into can grow and prosper. It’s your choice.

Once you have a positive thought, ask yourself how you can make it better. THINK BIG! Change the world! Creating a big idea is like creating a work of art. It takes time and concentration and creativity. Review the end of life exercise. Make sure that your goal is one that will bring you peace and satisfaction on that last day.

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