This month represents a big anniversary for me. Ten years ago – January 2011 – my life was at an emotional and monetary low. My divorce had become “final” in 2010. My daughter, the absolute center of my life, moved off to college. The country was in recession, and my finances were in complete disarray.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was slipping into a depression that would become clinical depression and would last a few years. (See my related blog post – Depression Doesn’t Look Like What You Think)
But in the middle of all that, I sat down after much meditation and wrote down a forward-looking wish list. It wasn’t a plan or a scheme. There were no action steps. I had simply asked myself what I wanted for the future. And so I wrote:
“I want to write more. I want to speak more. I want to travel more.“
Since that time I have written more than fifteen books, plus over a thousand blog posts. I have spoken in many countries all over the world. And I have traveled to many cities and countries for both work and travel.
But more than all of that, I have managed to reformulate my life and my work so they are completely and (almost) perfectly intertwined.
And while 2020 was not the year I had planned, you don’t always get the future you plan. In fact, you almost never get the future you plan. You get what you get. But if you have your eyes on a future goal, you can move inch by inch in that direction.
I would say that it took me about six years to get to the point where I could look back and say, “I’m doing it. I’m actually building a life where I speak and write and travel all the time.”
No matter what your circumstances, you can plan an amazing future and make it come true. Even if you start in a recession. Even if you start in the middle of a pandemic.
No matter how impossible it seems right now, you can start today. This hour. This minute. You can begin mapping out a future, even if you don’t really know how it’s possible to reach your goals. You will make the possible happen by continually working toward your vision.
I won’t kid you. I’m not saying it was easy. Or fast. I worked my butt off. I ate my share of Top Ramen. I took a few steps backward in order to take a few steps forward. I asked for help a lot.
I also changed my dream a little, here and there. I reset my expectations and took “wins” where I could find them. But always I looked up and kept my eyes on the vision I was creating.
Please take heart. No matter where you are in life or in your business: You can create your vision. Your dreams can come true. Not with a magic wand. But certainly with a lot of hard work and a never-ending commitment to your self.
. . . Take a minute . . . think about it . . . what future would you like to create for yourself?