“Time is just a construct.”
Yes, and just like all measurements we’ve devised as humans, useful and important when applied wisely.
You’re welcome to get philosophical if you want, but time is real and passing in a very practical sense no matter how you want to view it or explain it.
At the very least, you have a finite amount of time, which makes it extremely valuable.
For many, today is a day of a new resolution; a decision to do or not to do something.
I don’t put a lot of stock in New Year’s resolutions – why wait for a new year to do what you need to do?
But, a new year, like a new morning, can provide us with some critical perspective on our lives and some inspiration to bolster our commitment to making difficult decisions and establishing the behavior and routines that will improve our ability to achieve what we pursue.
I encourage you to do this kind of self-evaluation and examination every day, but I also want to suggest you take advantage of this new year to reaffirm and solidify past decisions and commitments, to more closely consider who you truly are, what matters to you and why, and to dedicate yourself to determining the practical steps to attaining the character, capability, and capacity that will genuinely define you, and the life that will truly fulfill you.
As I do this for myself, I want to share 4 things I think we all need to achieve success:
Vision - I think we all need a collection of goals that inspires us. A destination to actively pursue that reflects where we want to be, what we want to achieve, and what we want to be known for.
You could simply call it your vision.
I think we can all do great things and make a meaningful impact - but it won't likely happen if we don't think bigger...our vision is what will inspire us to step out of our comfort zone to reach our potential.
Plan - If your vision is your destination, then your plan is the roadmap.
It's your bridge to get from where you are to where you want to go.
See, I think most people have dreams of where they'd like to go...but no map to take them there.
Your plan is that map of the path you'll follow.
But not unlike your GPS guiding you to a destination...there will be course corrections as you follow your plan...but that plan ensures that you'll always be moving forward.
Drive - You can have a destination and a map - but you still have to travel that route.
You have to be willing to actively pursue your vision as it won't just magically become your reality.
You’ll have to be willing to overcome challenges and obstacles that most won't if you want to go places that few go.
But that's part of the beauty in thinking big...as Tom Hanks said in A League of Their Own...
"It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard...is what makes it great."
Team - If I've learned anything in 25 years of coaching - it's that no one succeeds alone.
We need people to challenge us and people to cheer us on.
We need people to coach us or inspire us and people to work with us to execute our plans.
Success is a team sport if there ever was one.
Now, other things go into you achieving your success...
...but these 4 apply to everyone...and virtually everything.
So, as you decide what you want to accomplish in 2024, I'd encourage you to spend some time on your Vision, your Plan, your Drive, and your Team.
Together they'll carry you far.
Happy New Year and God bless!
“May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26 (NLT)