When deciding on any change in your life, quitting smoking, drinking, eating four cheese pizzas, it’s all well and good looking on how much you’ve been impacted by these things. The change has to happen in the present. You can’t do anything about the past. But, you can do everything about your future. Looking forward in your life by 10 years, gives you the opportunity to gauge the impact that your habits are going to have in your life … I hope you enjoy the video.
Where will you be in five years or ten years time? Years go by so quickly. Think about where you where five or ten years ago. What was happening in the world? When you thought about your future then did you think you would be where you are now. Maybe you are in that place in some areas of your life, but you are probably not there in all areas.
Ten years, five years will happen, regardless of what you do now the time will tick away and before you know it ten years will be up.
- Who is the person you want to be in five or ten years time?
- Are you committed to making that person happen?
- Are you committed to making the circumstances that will make that person happen, happen?
- Are you willing to put in the effort that will take you from the person you are now, being in the circumstances that you are now in, to being the person that you want to be?
- To be in the circumstances where you can have the job that you want to have, the life you want to have and the family and finances that you want?
- Are you willing to make that commitment to yourself now and to live up to that commitment?
Five years, ten years go by so quickly. Today is the time. It is the only time you’ve got that you can seize the moment. The only time you can say to yourself – “This is where I am going to start planning, this is where I can start making things happen, this is where I am going to start laying the foundation stones to getting to the person that I want to be in ten years time.”
If you put in the work and effort, I guarantee that you will get there before the end of those ten years. By getting the ball rolling, by getting the snow ball rolling down the hill, by finding that momentum and getting that momentum moving, you will get the momentum moving, you will see things start to speed up and accelerate.
One thing that you learn helps you to learn the next thing and the next thing after that and your knowledge continues to accumulate. You start accumulating knowledge about yourself and about what you are and are not so good at.
What you are not good at basically comes down to skill development, so you can either learn new skills so you can improve the things that you are not too good at or you can get better at the things that you are good at, in order to become excellent in those things.
Once you start on this road of skill development and you start to learn the skills, you can do almost anything that you want to do in life. When I stopped drinking five years ago my entire aim was stop drinking alcohol, to get away from alcohol and change my life for the better.
I wanted to be a good role model for my Son. That was the ultimate aim and it was a fairly vague aim, I didn’t really have any idea about how I was going to get there or how I could make that happen. I knew the first thing that I needed to do was to stop drinking because that was something that not only affected my life, it affected how I coming across to him and how I was coming across to him was that of being a drunk – that was how I was perceived.
By changing that one fundamental thing, by getting alcohol out of my life, I changed my life and it become the catalyst to more changes. Once you get rid of something like alcohol from your life, you open your mind, your mind opens up and because you are not drinking you are not dampening down your thoughts.
The majority of the time when I drank it was because I wanted to “Get out of my head” – as they say in Ireland, to “Get out of my face.” I didn’t want to be in this reality and this reality was caused by the alcohol.
I would try to take a step forward but would take one, two, three steps back. I was not making any real progress in any area of my life that I looked at.
When I look back at my life now I see the mental and physical drift, the drift in my finances and thinking and all of this adds up and accumulates and before you know it you are living a life that you don’t want to be living and you drink, just because you don’t want to live that life and you want to get out of that life.
I can not be any further away from my old life then I am now. I love every single moment of my life. I get up in the morning and I am buzzing about what I am going to do during the day. I start out my day every morning with an 8.5 kilometre walk, during which I set my head up straight. I drink plenty of water which hydrates my body, I eat good food which feeds my body and mind.
The person that I am now is so far away from who I was and who I thought I was.
I thought being the tough bloke, the John Wayne sort of character who smokes, drinks and eats crap food, defines a man and that was what my impression of a man was. What bullshit! That man died an absolute horrible death as most of these people that live their lifes like that do. Their quality of life is crap from the start, but at the end they don’t go out in a blaze of glory. Maybe people like James Dean were right to go out the way they did because what was left for them? I don’t know if that’s true or not.
So, by changing that one aspect in my life, I changed so many things and it all started with that one goal; to be the best role model that I could be for my Son.
I started out with that one fundamental change in my life, which was to change the alcohol and once I did that, other things started to happen.
So, I just wanted to ask – where will you be in five or ten years time? Ask yourself that now. Sit down and think about it. Spend half an hour thinking about it. It will probably be the most important thinking you will do in your life.
Figure out what you want to do and once you have figured that out you can figure out how you are going to get there. You can figure out the first step. It was never my intention to get where I am today. I didn’t know how to get here because I didn’t know this life existed. I didn’t know that I could become this person and that I would like being the person I am. I didn’t know how to be this person because all I knew was the life that I lived.
Your life’s path comes around, it may take time for it to come about but by a gradual dynamic process it will happen over time, bit by bit.
You add and build and construct things bit by bit until you have something substantial in your life and when you have that you are never going to go back. When you are thinking about your five, ten year plan, remember, your plan is not written in stone. You may get a year down the road and decide that your goal has changed and it doesn’t matter you can change bits of the plan, you can add to it, you can change the plan all together, but you will have a starting point. You will start on that good road rather than sliding down the side road.
The most important thing is that you start moving in a positive direction.
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Until next time…
Onwards and Upwards!