I've got a week of vacation coming up next week. I'm very excited about it. I've got a jam-packed schedule. Monday and Tuesday, I've scheduled five certification tests (my job schedule is so fluid, I can't schedule them during the week...Microsoft also just made, in my opinion, one of the worst decisions ever and decided to go with only one test vendor. That would be an ok decision, save for the fact that none of the testing centers (within literally 400 miles) are open during the evenings or weekends...so vacation testing it is!).
Tuesday afternoon, I'm finishing the website of the place where I volunteer and getting it up and running. This past weekend, I built their server, which I'm donating to them (that was a feat in and of itself...it wasn't difficult, it just took about seven hours to completely update it...my wife's getting a little perturbed...it's sitting on our formal dining room table...it's a Dell PowerEdge 2650 with a Powervault on top (for extra storage)...so it's taking up quite a bit of room). After I get the website up and running, I'm going to rack the server and get that going.
Thursday is Thanksgiving, during which I'll be celebrating with the family.
Friday is back doing computer work for the place at which I volunteer, studying and working out...like a normal day (only I won't be doing my "day" job).
A teacher asked me once (in high school) what I would do if I had a million dollars? That stuck with me. What would I do if I didn't HAVE to do anything?
I'm very happy when my brain says with 100% certainty that I would do exactly what I'm doing.
I honestly believe if I won the lottery, for example, or had a wealthy relative leave me a lot of money, not many people would ever know. I would be taking very few different actions. I would probably travel more.
Beyond that, I would still do what I'm doing. I'd still work out. I'd still study like a madman. I'd still "do" computers. I'd still be a dad. I'd still do the dishes. I'd still do my own laundry. I'd still be me. The only difference is I'd be me with the ability to buy my own island in Fiji...
If I took everything away from you right now...EVERYTHING...took you to a deserted island...dropped you there with all of your material needs taken care of...food and shelter mainly...I left you with 10 notebooks and a box of pens...told you that you had one objective...to come up with and write down what you REALLY wanted to do with your life...what would it be?
Here's one more for you...
If you come up with an answer to the above question, what are you going to do right now to get you to that point? Now that you have the desire...the burn in your belly for your true passion, how are you going to make it happen?
I ask this question a lot to the people in my sphere of influence. Many people give me legitimate answers...I would (fill in the blank). It always amazes me, however, when I hear some people tell me they would do nothing or just be lazy. Well, that's fine for a time, but there's a guarantee there that you would go out of your mind after a time because of the certainty factor.
What would you do?
What would you do with the rest of your life if you didn't have to worry about paying your bills...didn't have to worry anymore about making the mortgage or the car payment? What would you do?
Now, go do it!
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