Consider for a moment. If you only had six months to live, how would you begin to see or change your life today? Would you have the same relationship, career, business, routine? Would you live in the same place, city or country? Life passes so quickly and before we know it, a week, a month and a decade have already passed.
With a deep sense of humility, an abundance of fun and a treasure trove of hope, consider answer the following questions as part of your goals for 2015.
1. Where would you live?
If you had no history, ties or obligations, where would you absolutely love to live? I’m talking about taking out the map, dreaming big and choosing a place that you have always dreamed about. Is it where you are now? If not, ask yourself what is keeping you from being there? Is it fear, trappings or limiting beliefs? What can you do to start planning to make this dream a reality? The fact is that if you made it where you are now, you can make it anywhere.
2. Who would you choose to live with?
Who would you choose to love or live with if you had no ties with the person you are with today? Would you pick the same relationship that you are in now? Staying in a relationship or in a peer group because of economics, comfort or years invested never serves anyone in the long term. Who do you need to be in an extraordinary relationship. What kind of people do you want in your life?
3. What passion will you pursue?
If you could earn money doing what you love, what would it be? What kind of passions or interests would you pursue, share or experience. Whatever you’re interested in, I guarantee that someone is doing it and earning a living at it. Once you’ve decided what you would really like to do, make it a part of your daily routine or start asking yourself quality questions on how to make it a vehicle for income, purpose and passion in your life.
4. What freedoms would you create?
If everyone in the world lost their sight, what things will you let go of? What freedoms could you create by letting go of those things that trap or limit your growth? So much greatness and potential is behind labels and material things, and the true person inside gets lost in the clutter. List those things do you desire or have that you could let go of and in the process, add more inner quality to your life.
5. What would be your new identity?
How would you describe yourself if you couldn’t use any labels such as your profession, academics, economic status or interests? Expanding the labels and titles we use for ourselves can tremendously broaden our fulfillment and experiences in life. The reality is that labels and titles only represent 1% of who we are and what we’re about to become. When we open our mind and begin to connect at levels without limits, we can begin to really understand each other and connect at higher levels.
6. How will you be remembered?
If you had to achieve one great thing that would leave a legacy, what would it be? Leaving a legacy isn’t always about changing the world or an abundance of wealth for generations to come, it can be as simple and powerful as being an outstanding mother, friend or partner – to being a person with true integrity. Once you’ve imagined yourself as the person you want to become, list what you are willing to do and why this is a must.
7. What joys or dreams would you reclaim?
What if the 5 year old you, filled with dreams and positivity were here today? Would he/she be happy to see where you are today or would he kick your ass? The reason children develop, grow and experience so many things in such a short time is because they haven’t yet learned how to set limitations for themselves. Reclaim lifelong dreams and start taking steps towards what filled your heart and imagination and make them a reality.
Again, ask yourself if you really knew that in 6 months your life would end, what would you change? I promise that being truly honest with yourself and setting the right path will change your life and destiny forever. If you’re scared but really want change, find quality peers to support you. Every step, no matter how small today, will slowly open up a path before you that in 2 months and 2 years from now will give you a completely new level of experience, fulfillment, love and joy.
Finally, we experience fulfillment and growth when we go outside of our comfort zone. That’s when life is exciting, challenging and presents new opportunities! The problem is that sometimes our comfort zone is just too comfortable, and we surrounded ourselves with too much ‘stuff’ which makes it nearly impossible to move. These ‘trappings’ as I call them are what keep us either repeating the past or slowing our future growth. Getting refocused on where we are, re-evaluating what has held us back and re-aligning ourselves to where we really want to be should be as important as making sure you have a roof over your head and food to eat each gift of a day.
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By Erik Kikuchi
TEC Chair I Canada’s Leading Technology Triangles