Saturday, August 24, 2013

A Birthday Wish

This morning I found out that tomorrow is my friend Will's birthday. I started writing a birthday wish for Will, but it turned into something much more general than that, something that might be a birthday wish for anyone.

Here you go...

If you are reading this, then you have survived your entire life up to this point. You have survived adversity, doubt, trauma, breakups, disappointments, formal education, holidays, family vacations and all manner of undesirable events.

And here you are...

You go, you bad ass! You're awesome!

Happy Birthday!

Being your birthday and all, it's time that you finally begin pursuing all you've wanted but have never believed you could have, because right now is the oldest you've been and the youngest you'll ever be.

What do you want? Can you see it? Can you describe it? Don’t worry about getting it right or perfect. You can’t (yet). It's gonna change as you move towards it.

So, picture what you want, etch it in your mind, and then...
  • Learn more than is required.
  • Act sooner than is necessary.
  • Be stronger than is possible.
  • Go longer than is reasonable.
  • Don't spend time on the stuff you already know how to do.
  • Become comfortable outside your comfort zone. (Repeat.)
  • Stretch yourself beyond your limits. (Repeat.)
  • Risk more than is than you can afford to lose.
  • Deliver more than you believe is needed.
  • Plan on things not always going according to plan.
  • Return frequently to the drawing board.
  • Learn from all (every little thing) you do.
  • Use what you learn to refine your vision.
When you can think of nothing else to do,  know that there are infinitely many things to do that you've not yet considered. When things seem to be falling apart, know that they may actually be falling into place. When something goes wrong, something that you can't explain or figure out, yell, "PLOT TWIST!" and move on.

Need a Warm Up?
Feel like you need to warm up a bit? Here are a couple of things you can do.
  • Know that dead last is better than did not finish which trumps never started.
  • Go twenty-four hours without complaining (not even once and even if there's plenty about which to complain).
  • Fill a cup of coffee to the point of overflowing and carry it across the room to the sink without spilling a drop.
  • Spend a week using only your opposite hand to write.
  • There's a riddle that goes, "How do you stop a friendly elephant?" The answer is, "You can't." Practice being a friendly elephant.
  • Every time you find yourself hesitating or doubting, remember that the only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it.
Happy Saturday,

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