You know when you go to a networking breakfast and it’s your turn to stand up and speak, do you ever feel like just changing the subject from business to the other subjects that really captivate you?
Well sometimes I give my pitch and see people looking in stunned surprise, clearly asking themselves, ‘Is this guy crazy?’
That’s because I do my best to enjoy everything that I do. Of course I’m human, so I have good days and bad days like everyone else, but when you practice reminding yourself to be grateful on a daily basis – grateful for the little things, the things we usually take for granted, then life becomes much more fun. It’s also more fun when you practice adding value to people’s experiences.
My mantra is that none of us know how long we’ve got in this lifetime in this form, so we may as well make the most of it. Hence my focus on designing your business or career so that it creates the lifestyle you want. It’s about finding that right work/life balance for you. After all, what good is it to make a load of money if you’re still miserable! The money isn’t what changes you – you can be rich and miserable or poor and miserable. Ideally, most of us would probably rather want to be happy and rich, because the money gives you more choices, especially choices about being able to help other people, whether that’s family and friends or charitable acts for strangers.
It seems clichéd I know, to rabbit on about ‘bucket lists’, ‘dream building’ and ‘vision boards’, but whether you like it or not, this stuff really works.
Creative visualisation is a process that actually makes your dreams come true. I know, because I’ve done it time after time. So I could spout on about how I carried a picture of the Egyptian Pyramids with me since the age of about eleven from home to home and bedroom mirror to bedroom mirror, until I one day found myself walking inside Khafre’s Pyramid, pinching myself all the way; or I could tell you of my dream of sitting at a café
on the Champs Elysée in Paris, eating a croissant and drinking hot chocolate that also finally became a reality; or I could show you the photo of Machu Picchu that I kept on my vision board and how I imagined myself in the foreground of the picture with the iconic lost city in the Peruvian Andes behind me, until one day in 2014, I had the actual photo to fulfil that dream.
The point is that one day, we’ll be lying on our death bed, reflecting on our lives, and I for one plan to say that I accomplished one heck of a lot of what I set out to do and that my presence here influenced, illuminated and enriched the lives of a lot of people along the way.
So when I’m networking and I talk about helping people to achieve their potential through my work as an author, coach, presenter and trainer, I really mean that it gives me great joy to see people not only loving what they do for a living, but loving what their business or job allows them to do with their lives.
If that sounds crazy, that’s all fine with me!