How can you create your destiny? How do you live an inspired life? How do you do the things that only you can do to help change the world? For many founding entrepreneurs selling their businesses or bringing in new leadership struggle to reconnect with the strengths, gifts, and life experiences that made them successful in the first half of their lives.
For serving leaders, the gap may be even larger since many founded their organizations to serve a need they saw in the world. It’s interesting to me because many of the entrepreneurs I work with spend more time planning their next big vacation adventure than they do planning the rest of their lives.
So that’s where our destiny comes from, our life’s works, experiences, and accomplishments. How do we take inspired actions based on our earlier process of discovery, dream, and design? I have three questions to help reignite your passions and allow you to meet your destiny in a way that only you can.
The first question is, “Why me?” The following questions help clarify this question. Why must I go in this quest? Am I the only person who can do this? How might I bring my unique strengths to bear on this situation?
The second question is, “Why now?” I have all the time in the world to accomplish my destiny. Why must I start today? What forces have conspired to put me in this place in history?
The third question is. “How will this impact family, friends, employees, and community for the better?” I’m going out on a limb here, but I bet you have a strong group of stakeholders involved in your life. So many people counting on you, how do you choose the right course of action?
All these questions are just that, questions, until you begin to take action on them. I don’t know if you noticed but it takes a little longer to get out of bed today than it did twenty years ago. You’re more easily distracted than you were when you started your business. You see things differently and you have the wisdom of your life that can provide you with an edge. How you chose to use it is really up to you.
So how do you meet your destiny? My father taught me many years ago that we are always making decisions in our lives. Our decision choices are yes, no, or no action. All our decisions are moving us towards our future. We can’t stop time no matter how successful, wealthy, or prosperous we might be. The clock keeps ticking.
So, my final question I have for you is, “What do you want to do?” Are you willing to invest the time and resources to create your own destiny or do you want it to create you? Paraphrasing Charles Darwin, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Are you going to be the person that creates and shapes your second half or the one that lets events shape your future? Since you’re still reading this, I bet I know what your answer is. See you here next week as we continue sharing ideas that transform your life and help you create your destiny.