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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ten Years From Now

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One of the things I wish I would have been taught when I was young is to look ten years into the future. It seems simple enough. This year, in June, I will turn 35. When looking back on time, it seems to have flown by. Day by day it seems like we have forever, but our time is limited. This week I heard a great message by Ed Dobson.  He has ALS, which is a terminal disease. But here is the thing, we all have a terminal disease. All of us have a limited amount of time. You can't look back, but you can impact your future. If you look ten years into the future, where do you want to be? What do you want to do? Who's life do you want to have impact on? The great thing is that you can take steps, intentional steps, everyday to change your life. If you do this everyday for a year, these steps will add up. Then think about where they will ten years from now. Being intentional about what we do now will keep us from looking back on life with regrets. What we do NOW directly impacts where we will be then.

What am I doing now:

So here is what I am doing NOW to affect my ten year plan. First, getting my health and fitness the best it can be so that my body can be the most productive that  it can be. I never want my fitness to hold me back from doing something, never want it to be an excuse. I never want to hold back from my kids because of my level of fitness. So I have joined a fitness group where we are encouraging and holding each other accountable for good eating habits/lifestyle and exercise. Second, I am working on launching two businesses. Why two? Well why not!?! I have played music all my life, so I am creating a company that will use this creative outlet of mine. The other company will be in manufacturing,  which I have been in the last 15 years. I am being vague on both of these because quite honestly I don't have all the details yet. Both companies have been ideas bouncing around  in my head for a long time. It is time to move on both ideas. If they are contained as only thoughts then they add value to no one. I worked hard to get a business degree in small business and entrepreneurship, it is about time I put it into action. Third, and most importantly, I will honor God and serve Jesus the best that I can. Everyday. Serving others far outweighs anything else on this list. If someone can benefit by me spending time with them, then that is what I want. Living on purpose and being intentional is what it is all about. No regrets. No what ifs. As Ed says, "it ain't over yet".
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