The new year is underway and this is going to be your year, this is the year that something exciting is going to happen and it will change the trajectory of your life. You can feel it, you can see it, you know it is coming. Yes, you can hardly wait because you are looking for a change, maybe waiting on the world to change, to bring that excitement to your doorstep.
Then again, maybe not.
Keep waiting. I have learned a great lesson recently and in just the past few days have had that lesson reinforced by something I read. There’s that exercise again, reading. I read twelve books this year, the goal is 24 books in 2015. The greatest thoughts and ideas from 24 different minds. Life could be worse, a lot worse… especially if I tried to think of all those ideas, or if I waited for the inspiration to come to me. Reading is part of taking action.
Business and life philosopher Jim Rohn says you never know when one good idea you read might change your life. He’s right. It could be the one quote, the one thought, that makes you realize the outcome of your life is truly in your hands.
I just finished reading The Seed, by Jon Gordon. The story is fiction, but the message is not – that’s Gordon talent – to envelop that rich message inside some make-believe story, so simple, yet so profound. The book follows a man named Joshua, who is looking for purpose and happiness in his life and work. What he fails to see in the beginning, but what he eventually comes to realize, is the same thing Dorothy told us years ago in the Wizard of Oz: “if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any farther than my own back yard, because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.”
Joshua’s realization, one he shares with a large audience and the one I share with you now, is this:
“We think we’ll get excited about life when we get a life that is exciting. But just the opposite is true. When we get excited about life, we get a life that is exciting. Passion and purpose are like neighbors who are best friends. They always hang out together. Deciding to be passionate about life and work leads to your purpose. And when you’re purposeful, you unleash your passion. Every cell in your body lights up when you are living and working with passion and purpose.”
Words to live by, if you are excited about life.
Until next time, thanks for taking the time.
Mark Brodinsky, Author, Blogger, Financial Services Professional
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