Through the coming months and hopefully years I will delve deeply into the factors that can help or hinder the experienced adult’s pursuit of health, wealth, happiness and life satisfaction. But my real hope is to create a vehicle for meaningful dialog with you; the readers.
While I will share my thoughts, ideas and learnings about success I would very much like to hear yours, even if they are different than my own. So please take the time to share your opinions, share my posts with others and sign up to have my weekly blog delivered to you via email.
While I called this blog “Success of the far side of fifty” I invite you to share it with anyone who wants to gain more success and happiness in their life. The fact of the matter is, age is truly just a number, and the learnings I share will apply equally to anyone, regardless of age and the achievement of success can be as easy as choosing a direction and sticking with it.
What does “success is as easy as choosing” really mean?
From a very young age I wanted to be successful, but I really had no idea what success meant. For literally decades my perspective of success was unclear and imprecise, as a result my pursuit of it resembled a blind man chasing ghosts in a fog. I experienced lots of variety and not much progression.
Although I waited, watched and experimented I found no radical solution that led me to the success I craved. There was no otherworldly flash of brilliance that sprung into existence; illuminating my path toward fulfillment. I was not magically drawn toward any particular endeavor and no stroke of great fortune came my way.
Through my ceaseless explorations I discovered a lot of things that I was not very good at, like baseball, hockey and carpentry. I discovered lots of stuff that was mediocre at, such as guitar, martial arts, math and psychology. Over time I also discovered a few things that I had a bit of a talent for, such as reading comprehension and verbal communication. Through years of trial and error I discovered that, as far as I could tell, there was nothing I was simply brilliant at.
Although I had dreams of leading an extraordinary life, I was, in every sense, a completely ordinary person.
Don’t get me wrong, through the years I did manage to create a great life. I built myself a great career, married a wonderful woman, had an awesome boy and we all lived in a nice house by the lake. In fact I really only had one problem, I never really felt that I was living up to my potential. I never felt that I was doing the exact right thing I was supposed to be doing and I certainly wasn’t having the level of impact on the world that I craved.
As the years flew past one realization came back to me again and again. I realized that, in order for me to have the life and create the impact I wanted to create I had to make a choice. I needed to make a decision and then commit to that direction for an extended period of time.
Finally I learned that success can be as easy as choosing so I finally did choose. Through my coaching, speaking and writing I chose to be an instrument of service and the act of choosing was the single best thing I ever could have done. Picking a vision for my life allowed me to focus my energy and passion and also allowed me to cast off a whole bunch of the things that were holding me back.
Although I didn’t make my commitment to a chosen path until I was much older I have never looked back on my life with regret. As a guide and an educator I focus my energies on learning and then sharing my knowledge with others.
As I share my learnings with the world around me I find that none of the knowledge I have gained through my life experiences is wasted. I may have taken the long way around, but I finally made it and nothing was wasted in the process.
So what about you? Have you made a decision as to what you want to do with the rest of your life?
Over the next few posts I am going to talk about some of the factors that you may want to consider as you consider your own journey to success.
Thank you for reading and please feel free to share your comments on the blog or to contact me directly through the contact form on my site.
Here’s hoping you have a fantastic day!!