I was speaking to a 52-year old gentleman last week. He told me that he and his wife were seeking to simplify their life to better prepare themselves for “whatever was next in their life”.
I pressed him for some more information and he said that they realized that life is rapidly passing them by and that they wanted to be prepared to make a significant impact once their youngest was out of the house.
Being in position to make a “significant impact”. How cool is that? Realizing that life is indeed short and that our call is to make an impact rather than just make money.
So, how does one go about making a “significant impact”?
Sometimes to make a significant impact, it takes some preparation.
Sometimes this preparation involves education. If you want to be a physician, you need schooling.
Sometimes this preparation involves resources – either not enough or too much debt. Finances can certainly keep people from living the life they want to live.
To make an impact, one must be available to make an impact. All too often, people are so busy that they have no margin to respond to a need when it arises.
To be available, one must make decisions between “good” and “best”. Most of the time, our decisions are not between “good” and “bad” – those are easy. The hard decisions are between “good” and “best”. What should you be involved in? The options are endless.
The question to ask is “What MUST you do?” What fits you best?
I believe you were put on this earth for a specific purpose. Your job is to find and fulfill that purpose. You are uniquely qualified to meet a need that no one else can meet.
How well do you know yourself? Do you know your 3-4 core talents? Where do your passions lie? What are your core values? Do you have a mission statement?
Living the life you want to live just won’t happen. You must be intentional. It will take some effort.
Create a clear vision for yourself on where you would like to go. What do you want to be in 5 years? Once you have a clear vision, decide on the next steps on how you will get there. You don’t have to have everything figured out, just those “next steps”.
Keep reminding yourself of this vision and keep taking those “next steps”.
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