Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Don't Wait to HAVE it to LIVE it

"Brand yourself for the career you want, not the job you have." ~ Dan Schawbel, author of Promote Yourself and Managing Partner of Millenial Branding

We are so backwards!  We just seem to not understand how life's process works.  If no one has dared explained it to you yet, here it is: To have something you really want, you must do that thing before gaining any reward.  

There, I said it.  The old adage: "I'll believe it when I see it." Actually is false and contrary to how the world actually works.  

Let me give you an example, to be the greatest painter in the world, you must paint.  You must paint, and paint and paint until you create a masterpiece.  You can create a masterpiece, but then you have to share it.  If you share it with the masses and they deem it valuable THEN you may get money for your work.  

Notice that in this scenario while you were working on your paintings you were not given a dime.  Most artists do not gain anything for all their hard work and toil.  But they create anyway. It makes them happy.  It allows them to feel fulfilled in their lives.  It is their calling and they are passionate about their work -- so passionate that they will do it even without any monetary gain.

The same concept applies to everything in life.  You have to do (whatever it is you do) first before anyone will recognize it.  That's where the concept of not waiting to live comes from.  

Seriously, I want you to do a small experiment.  Think of something you've always wanted to do, or the person you've always wanted to be.  Now, imagine how that person would act day by day.  What their environment would look like.  Now imagine playing that role.

Let's say, you would like to be a CEO of a company you created.  Imagine how a CEO is treated, what her office would look like.  What types of people would she meet or hang out with?  What are the things the CEO would do on a daily basis?  Got the full picture in mind?  Good.  Now for seven (7) days, ACT like a CEO of your company.  Dress like a CEO, talk like a CEO, meet and greet people like a CEO.  Be the CEO for seven days . . . and see what comes to you.

In essence, I'm saying to acquire your goal, you have to live your goal as if you've already attained it.  

Les Brown, a famous motivational speaker said in one of his talks.  That you have to do what you were called to do.  If you love to sing - sing!  Sing to anyone who will listen to you, even if it's just singing to yourself.  If you love to write - write!  Even if no one wants to publish what you write, write it anyway.  Doing what you've always wanted to do, will attract the people and resources you need that will make this activity profitable for you.  

Don't believe me? Then take the challenge, don't wait to "have" your dream come true.  Live your dream right now.  Live it for seven (7) days.  For seven days do your heart's passion (whenever you can) with as much enthusiasm as you can muster.  

On that 7th day, I bet you will find a resource to help you gain your dream, a person that recognizes your dream or a chance to live your dream.  

Come on!  Take the challenge.  It can do nothing but make you more powerful and successful.  And that's what I want for you . . . because after all, I've always wanted powerful and influential friends!

Let me know what happens to you after 7 days of doing your heart's passion!  Don't forget.

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1 comment:

  1. Great advice, I tried this once - I've always wanted to live in Paris, hasn't been feasible due to limited resources/small kids. I spent 10 days listening to nothing but French (radio, audio books, language learning, music). On day 11, out of the blue, I met a French women in a park (in small town America). Visiting family, she knew no English, so we spent an hour chatting in French. Well, she chatted while I stumbled along. I lived vicariously through that moment for weeks after. Not earth shattering but it was motivating to my spirit. I will get to Paris, one day, soon.


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