“The other day a man asked me what I thought was the best time of life. ‘Why,’ I answered without a thought, ‘now.'” – David Grayson
Grab a pen and a piece of paper.
In a moment, I am going to give you a question to reflect on and write about. First, a few recommendations to making this as productive as you can. Clear your mind of everything going on around you. Give yourself the opportunity to write openly and freely. Do not worry about your grammatical errors, your sentence structure, your spelling, or even complete sentences (sorry, Lauren!). Just let your stream of consciousness guide you.
Now, the question…
If you only had three years to live, what would you wish to accomplish in your personal and professional life?
Time and time again, I have heard people say that they are living a life that they never had planned for themselves. They feel stuck in a rut, trapped in a dead end job, or hopeless about their future. Well, you have three years, and it is time to reinvent yourself. It is time to leave your legacy.
My intent is not to sound morbid here. The intent is to challenge you to think not only about where you are, but also about where you want to go. Writing it down puts some validity to those hopes and dreams floating around your head. It provides a public declaration and written commitment to yourself that this is in fact the path that you want for yourself.
The answer to this question will lead you down and abundance of pathways. It will help you evaluate your priorities and allow you to restructure them if they have gotten off path. Perhaps, it will propel us to simply start living our life the way we want and according to those priorities instead of waiting for the perfect moment at just the right time (a time that may never fully exist).
What do you want to do? Where do you want to be? What are the priorities in your life? Are you spending enough time on those? How do you want to be remembered? Whose lives do you want to touch? What do you want to accomplish? Are there new things you want to try? What are those things? What in your life gives you the greatest fulfillment? How can you do more of that? What places do you want to see? What milestones do you wish to achieve? What relationships do you want to strengthen? What are your dreams?
You have three years. It is not too late. It is never too late. The clock is ticking. Carpe diem!
Bring your best today!
P.S. After you write, you may want to place your writing in an envelope and tuck it away in a safe place. Set a calendar reminder for three years down the road to read it, and see what steps you have taken to making these dreams a reality. Coaches, this is a great activity with your players. Encourage them to write them, and give them to you. Three years later, you can remind yourself to mail those to them. You, as well as them, will likely be amazed with the results.