There are things that we hear every day of our lives. Some of them we actually listen to and some of them we take an extra step and we actually think about too. When I saw this one, I had to read it again and then I also made it my last quote of the week for the school year for my students.
There is one more step on things like this. After the thinking part of it – and of course it’s the most important part, it’s doing something about the statement. The thing is that this statement rings true every day. Then as the days go by we forget to live every day to the fullest and suddenly so much time has gone by that we tend to just fall into the motions of things we always do. As Brian Buffini has said – “The days are long and the years are short.” Years that go by tend to blend into one another and it gets harder and harder to remember them.
To be honest, this is something that I have always struggled with. I’m trying to not live with regrets and I suppose I’m doing a better job than before, but wasting time and not living each day to the fullest is something that I continue struggle with. But then in that same moment that I think about that statement, I have another thought – and that is that I won’t stop trying to make this better. I won’t stop trying to live each day to the fullest and to the best that I can.
During a visit to Cincinnati, Ohio June 8 -10, I went to Sam Crowley’s live event. This exact topic was heavy in our discussions. Sam helped us all out by assigning a little homework to bring with us. He wanted us to put down our Why’s on a notecard. Why are we trying to do what we do? What are the reasons that are pushing us to be different, to try different things, and to get out of comfort zone. We all shared those Why cards and it was powerful for sure. For sure it helped that we got up in front of people to share our stories, but the real difference maker for all of us I think was to hear the other stories from everyone there. It helped our whys to listen to the others that were there. I think it helped to make our why’s stronger for ourselves based upon the connections we made with the other people there.
Besides the connection that my family has as part of my why, another is what Les Brown talks about on how valuable the graveyard is. It’s the place where so many ideas, dreams, thoughts, etc., die with the people who never acted on them, never tried – I do not want that to be me. I need to work on that every day so that I won’t take them all with me when it’s my time.
Now that we all have these new connections coming out of the event, there has been a lot of action being taken by people in our group. I know that I have done more and plan on doing more just because of the people I met during that event. Reading a statement like the one above is good. Doing something with it is better. To have other people helping you to do that, that’s more than you can do with it yourself. That’s the power of making the most out of every day, when it’s bigger than just you. Our Why’s – the reason we get up every day to go and do whatever we have to do – it’s important to know those reasons why. It’s important to connect them to the people in our lives as I think that multiplies the power that those reasons can have with us.
One more key – we help those people that are part of our why’s by going out and doing great things. They see us doing those things and they too can realize they can do great things too. It’s not just about us – Life is about those connections we have with others. Those are the real why’s we do what we do. Have you looked at your why’s? Why do you do what you do? Is there more to your why’s than just yourself? A great challenge for all of us is to look at that statement often to see where we stand with our why’s in life. I know I need to do it every day. Challenge yourself right now. Go back up to the top and read that statement again – copy it so you can see it every day and then think about your why’s. Anyone want to share their why?