Timing is Everything

I recently published an article titled, 2 Questions You need to Ask Yourself this Week.  Within a few short days, this piece became my most viewed article for 2017.  If you didn’t get a chance to read it, you can check it out by clicking here.

This past week I have been trying to wrap my head around what might have caused this article to rise to the top.  Were there just thousands of people who found relevance, and therefore, felt so compelled to share it with others?  Was the call to action precise?  Did the words provoke and elicit some buried emotions from deep within to be brought to the surface?

Quite honestly, I’m not sure that I will be able to pinpoint the answer.  As a writer, I can only hope that my words continue to inspire others to build themselves up so that they can build up (and into) those around them.

The two questions that I challenged all of you to ask yourself are the very same personal inquiries that I’m working through.

  1. What kind of life am I trying to build?
  2. What kind of person do I want to be?

The fact of the matter is that, in my head, I always knew the answer to these questions.  I’m sure the same is true for many of you.  Sure, you can tell yourself exactly what you are working towards and how you are trying to live your life – in your head.  The figments of imagination stream together random thoughts of consciousness and there you have it.

But, when it comes time to make it real, to put the words on paper or to express them to another person, that’s when it gets damned hard.  All of a sudden, you might begin to second guess the random thoughts that you thought you had control over.  Because as soon as your answers to these questions are written in stone, or shared with someone else, they transition from a mere idea to a mere fact.  And, in life, you’re never held accountable for your ideas.  Your words, however, people will always hold you accountable to.

One of the biggest challenges for writers such as myself is to incorporate the ideas that we share with others, into our own lives.  So, like many of you, when I sat down to write that article, I had some generic responses to those questions in my head.  

Immediately, everything I thought was important became irrelevant.  What became relevant were the questions:

  1. What kind of life am I trying to build?
  2. What kind of person do I want to be?

People who believe they can succeed see opportunities where others see threats.  They’re not afraid of uncertainty or ambiguity.  They embrace it.  They want to take greater risks and achieve greater returns.  Given the choice, they will always bet on themselves.  -Marshall Goldsmith, author, What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There

Now, the thoughts that are in my head continue to shuffle around.  It’s time to bring clarity to the confusion.  This is a decisive point.  A decisive point is when you reach a critical point – in your life, in your career, in your hobby – and you must make a decision.  More importantly, this means that whatever you’re after is not only attainable, but it matters.

What’s Next?

Societal tendencies often have us asking ourselves this less two words – what’s next?  Constantly moving from one thing to the next, always on the go without ever fully processing through all of our life situations.  However, I’m going to challenge all of you, myself included, to take these questions seriously.

Grab a cup of coffee, glass of water, or a cold beer – whatever works for you – and write these two questions down.  Reflect on your life up to this point.  Think about where you are today (your ‘here’) and where it is that you want life to take you (your ‘there’).  Once you can identify your ‘here’ and your ‘there’, then you can better understand the life you are trying to build and the person you need to be in order to build just that.

Timing is everything, so we’ve often been told.  Since I began writing this blog four years ago (ironically, I had just been laid off from a job), I have spent the weeks from the end of May thru June focusing on my own personal growth and development.  These weeks have also been a time for me to focus on content to write for the second half of the year.

I’m going to do the same this year.  The focus of my time away is going to be spent honing in my responses to the two questions:

  1. What kind of life am I trying to build?
  2. What kind of person do I want to be?

This year, however, I’m going to take an additional month away from writing.  Aside from finding my next career transition, I’m currently in the process of building a new website for this blog – new branding, new messaging, new everything – better content.  When I return, I will be sure to direct you to the new site.  Through it, I’m confident I will be able to share the life I am trying to build (what I’m trying to accomplish) and the person I strive to be (how I intend to live my life).

I want to share a quote with you, as I believe it relates to working through some of these questions.

Meaning does not happen to you – you create it.  One of the most important elements of building a great career and life is attaching what you do each day to a broader mission.  Until you understand how your efforts contribute to the world, you are simply going through the motions each day. -Tom Rath, author, Are You Fully Charged 

As always, thank you for reading, and I’m looking forward to connecting with you in a couple of months.  Meanwhile, I’d love to hear from you.  I can be reached at todayispossible@gmail.com.

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