The Rest of Your Life . . .

footprintsAny day now, I expect to get the call telling me my mother has passed on.

It‘s been less than two months since she was diagnosed with an incurable and inoperable cancer. And although her mind is strong and clear, every day her body gets weaker.

She has said her goodbyes, she’s at peace and she is without pain. She has nothing to resolve, no regrets and is appreciative of her long, well-lived life.

She will make her transition just as she has lived her 84 years—with grace, dignity, courage and compassion. She’s ready, but we will miss her greatly.

Watching someone experience their last days on earth can’t help but cause one to think more about our own mortality. One of the few things we know for sure is that we will all one day leave this earthly existence. And few of us will know when, where and how it will happen.

Life is short—or so it seems.

Regardless of how many days, months or years we have left, we all want to feel complete when we die. We want to have made a difference. We want to know that we mattered, that we’ve done something of significance.

What about you? What do you want to accomplish with the rest of your life? What dreams do you have left to achieve? What legacy do you want to leave?

My mother did not aspire to greatness. She simply did her best on a consistent basis. The result was, and is, a life well lived and an inspiration to many.

SuccessNet, the organization I founded 16 years ago this month, is dedicated to helping you experience more purpose, passion and prosperity. It—and we—have much more to do. If you have been informed, inspired and empowered to be your best, then I will feel we have succeeded. And I feel confident that the best is yet to come—for you and for SuccessNet.

I encourage you, as I am doing myself, to think deeply about achieving your full and unique potential. Richard Bach wrote, “Here’s a test to find out whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive, it isn’t.”

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The Perspective of Experience

My recent blog post talked about perspective gained by vantage point.

Today, I want to share with you a few thoughts about perspective gained from experience.

A young child might be distressed to see his father drive away because the child is unaware that his parent will return. The child’s fear is a result of inexperience. A few weeks or months later, the child may not be happy his father is driving away, but the child no longer is fearful of his father never coming back—because he always does.

An inexperienced investor might freak out when the stock market suddenly drops. But a seasoned investor sees it as part of the normal ebb and flow of the markets.

I have a friend who recently realized that he was in a financial pickle. “Ted” became terribly distressed by it and beat himself up badly for having gotten into financial trouble.

His current focus is on what he did wrong, how naive he was and how difficult his situation is.

But the fact is, his predicament isn’t all that bad. All he has to do is generate about a $1,000 a month. He’s not working now, so all he needs to do is get a job or create a little income stream and everything is back on track.

It’s hard for him to hear my advice and share my perspective that this is a challenge and a blip—not a catastrophe.

Having been through much worse financial challenges myself—and survived—it’s easy for me to see it that way. Not so for Ted.

And I understand. He’s looking at it through the lens of never having been in a money bind before. I, on the other hand, see it as a problem to be solved but not something to freak out about.

That’s the difference experience can have on our perspective.

And that’s why it’s so important to have the assistance of a MasterMind team and to avail yourself of the counsel of other people’s experience.

That’s what our Diamond Club Members do and that is something you could benefit from by attending our SuccessNet Summit in November.

It’s been said that good judgment comes from experience. And that experience comes from bad judgment. But by learning from others who have made those bad judgments, you can save yourself a lot of heartache.

Either way, experience plays a large role in our perspective. It affects our beliefs and our attitudes toward what we do, don’t do and how we respond to life’s challenges.

Lean on your experience or that of others to help you when your perspective is limited.

Make it a great day.

  1. Erick Rosales
    October 17th, 2011 at 22:20 | #1

    I hope you’d enoyed your visit to Costa Rica, I´ve been reading and following your post and web site, but not as often as I would like.