You can't change your past but you can change your path. Monday August 1, 2016
"Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there's still time to change the road you're on." Led Zeppelin, " Stairway to Heaven"
It's Monday morning. I'm interviewing Inspirational Speaker, Ceri Evans on the penultimate episode of the first series of "The Really Useful Show Time" - and we're talking about finding your "Why". Ceri asserts that it doesn't matter that people don't know the whole journey - he says, On Air, that it's like an Atlas of Maps - you just need to work on the page that's open. Then it hits me:
You can't change your past, but you can change the path you're on. It's your choice. You have the power to decide. You have the power to change.
Then, at Progressive Property Network Portsmouth, that evening, I'm sharing the platform with Mark Stokes and Angie Lacoste (Host). His message is about finding your "Why" - and how we can transform the next generation's future by teaching financial wisdom. Spooky.
One of Mark's slides emphasised the paths that people wished they had changed or had taken when asked on their deathbed.
"I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me."
"I wish I didn't work so hard."
"I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings."
"I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends."
"I wish that I had let myself be happier."
Seth Godin regularly likens entrepreneurs to Map Makers. For the exciting new paths we are finding, opening up, pioneering ourselves and exploring, there are no maps. We are the Map Makers. What can be helpful is choosing the destination. I would suggest these five are a great first step - almost 5 satellite fixes to discover where you are now and get you on your journey to where you'd rather be:
Be yourself today - starting now - that includes what you wear, what you do, how you spend your time, and with whom you choose to spend it!
Decelerate - maybe even press 'pause' - do you really need to work this hard? Check out where those squirrels hide their nuts in the grass!
Express your feelings openly, honestly, authentically, compassionately.
Reach out to your friends - make contact - get in touch, today. It's not too late.
Look in the mirror and say to yourself, "I'm going to let myself be happier - right here, right now, I'm giving myself permission to have more fun."
Don't bounce this 'stuff' down some imagined time-line to a blissful retirement - what aren't you doing now that you'd like more of in our life?
I'm off to dust of my guitar so I can play some 'Stairway'! Awesome!
Looks like it's going to be an amazing day for you - and me too!
A Moodscope member.
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