“If you always do what you’ve always done, You’ll always get what you’ve always got.”
At the end of your life, you will (most likely) have a tombstone that says Your name…19.. – 20…
Your whole life will come down to a couple of words and a few numbers. What is often overlooked, however, is the dash. Your life will come down to the dash. Who are you going to be in that dash? Is that dash going to say “I lived scared, I didn’t try hard enough, I let opportunities fly by me.” Or is that dash going to say “I went out with all engines burning.”
I know which I will be. I will be that man who hundreds of people show up to celebrate my life, not just a man who had a few to show up to show respect for my family. Begin with the end in mind. This is something that I have been told over and over again by many different people. Often they are talking about visualizing the end goal that is relatively short term. I may have taken it to the extreme, but really isn’t that the end goal? The actual end?
Who do you want to be when everything is all over and done with?
Why do I do what I do? The countless hours of training, reading, studying, creating, visualizing, listening, self-talk, and working? I do this because I want to be the best me I can. My favorite quote in the world is “whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” Recently, I have started to visualize my dreams during the day, and I can feel them real within my bones. I will always keep the dash in my mind…and it will make me strive for more.
What will your dash say about you?