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Today I turned 30. Hopefully I’m old enough now.
I made this video last night. It gets a bit personal, but I figure over the past year we’ve gotten pretty personal with each other in the comments here so I wanted to share it with you even though I’m a bit nervous…
So, there it is. I’m assuming I’ve got until 60 with the way I’m pushing my body, so this is halftime.
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I only get one life. It’s “go time” for me if I’m going to reach my goal. Thanks for all your help and support.
Does it feel like New Year’s Day keeps coming faster and faster each year?
What is changing?
Every year I can’t help but think of the people I know that had big plans, huge hopes, and daring dreams for the last year. I’m always pulling for my fellow warriors, so I hate when it’s all talk, no action.
Warriors go to war, they don’t just talk about it.
I’ll never understand how some folks act like there’s an unlimited supply of days like today. Fresh starts. New years.
Here we go…again?
The problem is we only have so many new years before we run out. This is a sobering thought for sure, but true nevertheless. What would you do if this was your last New Year’s Day?
Would you still keep dreaming or would you start doing?
If you need a calendar to push yourself, take it. But please don’t keep putting off what matters.
This won’t apply to everyone. If you have trouble staying motivated, my blog isn’t for you. Try the thousands of CD’s, DVD’s, or books out there designed to motivate you. (Or try a motivational speaker instead)
For 8pm Warriors, motivation is the easy part.
By nature, we’re motivated people. We have goals. We have bright visions. We have big dreams.
Assuming that we also have brains, some level of success is a foregone conclusion.
Unless we get demotivated.
When you find and lead motivated people, remember that the key to success isn’t motivation. It’s avoiding demotivation.
Be sensitive to their needs
Operate in an open and honest manner
Chances are you already know these suggestions. Now it’s time to focus on them.
This may be the single most forgotten piece of the leadership puzzle. Many people give orders, manage people, provide training, etc., but what separates a leader from a manager is the act of going somewhere.
Where are you going?
If you don’t know, then chances are good that others don’t know either. People can always tell. If they don’t know where you’re going, they don’t know where they’ll be going if they follow. A major problem.
A road map isn’t required to lead successfully, but leaders must have a vision and openly share it.
It changes the whole game.
As I mentioned in my birthday post, my first and best memories are of going somewhere. There’s something about heading towards something new, fresh, exciting. A person feels different inside. There’s a purpose to one’s steps. Hope. Adventure. Excitement.
Give your team members a reason to stay…a reason to follow.
Here is just one 8pm Warrior’s simplified plan to succeed in the “New World” we all face:
1) Commit to something bigger than yourself.
It’s harder to quit on something more important than yourself. Have a goal. Be on a mission. Change the world. Save a life.
If you want to succeed, you must commit yourself to doing something big. Go big or go home.
2) Figure out what you love to do.
I guarantee you will not succeed doing anything you don’t love. It’s just too hard these days to conquer the challenges you will face if you don’t love your work.
I am convinced that no matter what, if you do what you love, you will find a way to make money. The internet allows passionate people to make money on niches.
3) Start doing it. Now.
If you don’t love what you’re doing, make a change. Don’t put it into your 5 year plan. Start today. Even if you have to get/keep your day job, get an 8pm Warrior job and then listen, learn, and begin tonight.
4) Meet others who love what you love.
Few people can win alone anymore. The world is too complex and we need people to pick us up when we’re tired, broken, and failing. It’s a war out there, and you will fail, fall, and need help. Find others, learn from them and win. Together you are stronger.
5) Be different.
There is too much in this world: too much information, too many things, too many messages, and too many people. If you’re a “One in a Million” type of person, that isn’t good enough anymore. That means there are 6,800 other people just like you out there, and they are all connected on the internet.
You need to stand out, find a niche, and be unique. You need to be the lone zebra in a stable of horses at the dude ranch. Guess which one everyone will want to ride. Be the zebra.
6) Make long-term plans, not short-term ones.
If you’ve committed yourself to something special, keep your eye on it. Make short-term adjustments, but focus on the big picture. It’s too easy to get distracted these days, so you need to be working towards long-term goals. Don’t waste energy on achieving short term goals. Everything should lead toward the end goal.
7) Work until you drop.
Once you’ve got a focus, a method, and a plan, you need to work it until you pass out. Don’t forget about your family, but do forget about long vacations, spa days, and “hanging around the house”. Tick, tock, tick, tock. You are getting older, the world is moving forward. Rest when you make it or you die.
8 ) Don’t be selfish.
You will need to give things, thoughts, and time away before you get anything in return. I’m not sure exactly why, other than people like nice people and are willing to help them in return.
Give, give, give.
9) Take your magic step.
If you will succeed, there will be one magic step only you will discover. The very nature of our world is that we cannot all have the same path, the same steps towards our dreams. You will need to take a unique step along the way, and it will be something that only you will find.
Call it magic or whatever you’d like, but you’ll need it and I can’t tell you what to look for.
It might be like the moment Bill Gates quit college to start Microsoft or when Mark Zuckerberg pushed send to share Facebook for the first time. We all have a step in life that we will need to take to achieve our dreams.
Yesterday I asked if you need to work hard, or just want to. After discussing that topic all night, here’s a great follow up question…
“What are you working towards?”
What do you hope to achieve with all this 8pm Warrior work? Have you ever stopped to think about it? Have you written it down?
This is the time of year people make lists of New Year’s resolutions that are short term goals such as losing weight, being happier, saving money, falling in love, getting a job, etc. As we all know, these resolutions are notorious for not happening.
What a waste…
Let’s try something different this year. Since it’s the beginning of a new decade on Saturday, let’s go a bit bigger and try something like “New Decade” resolutions.
I’m a big picture guy, and believe that if you figure out what you’d like to do with your life, you’ll do a better job of making resolutions that will not only be more achievable (more motivation) but be more enjoyable as well.
There are two ways a person can go about pushing their limits:
1) Dive for the bottom by constantly thinking of ways to do the bare minimum to keep their current position, relationship, or income.
This is the easy way to push.
In a busy world, very few leaders will investigate everything their employees say or do (I won’t). It’s easy to sneak in a couple half true statements, half baked ideas, or half finished projects. Excuses are cheap and easy to find. It’s easy to dive for the bottom.
2) Flying.Pushing. Fighting towards the upper limits of what you can do by giving your absolute best to everything you do while ignoring the siren’s call to dive to the bottom.
A much harder path.
I believe that there is a limit to what a person can do with their life. However, you’ll never find it if you waste your life diving. It’s a different way of thinking, and one that explains why there are 8pm Warriors all over the world right now pushing their limits.