Your Future Self Will Thank You
Retired triathlete Simon Whitfield is a four-time Olympian and gold and silver medallist. When asked what he is doing now, he replied, “I’m being coached by my 80-year-old self.” I think this is such a cool concept. What sort of mental, physical and spiritual shape will you be in when you are 80? What are you doing to yourself now that you’re going to pay for when you are 80? How is your heart health, your creativity and imagination, your financial plan, the structure of your body, or even the status of your relationships as you look to 80? Chances are you don't think about these questions often, but these are essential questions to ask. Some people work themselves into the ground doing 60-70 hours a week with their face glued to the screen, trying to squeeze in a CrossFit session while living on caffeine and carbs. What would the 80-year-old you say to yourself?
Innovate the Boring
The swimming coach said, “we will work on turns and then work on what to do off the turn. That’s the stuff many people don't want to do, but if you get it right, you can regain many seconds." It is as valid in life as it is in the pool. Do the hard stuff that others see as too hard. Do the boring things that others do not want to do. Surely this has to give you the edge -- the extra seconds that produce a winning margin. When I interviewed Dan Gregory from the Impossible Institute for the Mojo Radio Show, I asked Dan where does one start to create a culture of innovation in their business. Dan said, “innovate the boring." Don’t go for the shiny stuff that everyone else sees. Find systems, processes, products and services that are ignored and start there. Look at the things others overlook and take time to ponder and think what if.
Hang On To Your Dreams
For as long as I can remember, I always dreamed of representing Australia. As a kid I thought it would be in cricket, wearing a baggy green cap in a test match at the MCG. Then recently, I received a call from Vistage, a global organisation that brings together CEOs from around the world to enhance their performance. They asked if I could represent Australia on their International Speakers of the Year stage in San Diego, California. So on Sunday in front of 1000 global chairman, I finally represented Australia delivering my keynote speech, “Who Stole My MOJO?" The experience reminded me that we should never let go of our dreams. Hang on to them for dear life. They have a magical way of manifesting, sometimes in ways we never thought possible. Most of all, do not let others steal, inhibit or squash your dreams. Dreams can be fragile, so guard them well. As long as you keep the dream alive, and give it your best effort each day, your dream will come true in one way or another. The last word goes to Eleanor Roosevelt who said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”