What Would It Take to Have Your Best Year Ever?

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My friend, Brian G. Johnson, posted this image on Facebook in the beginning of 2015. I made a post about this on my blog last January and sadly my site was hacked. I thought I had lost it. I found the question and the post to be profound and relevant enough that I thought I’d re-post it here as I recently found a copy and we are here at the on-set of 2016.

It really is quite profound if you pause for a moment beyond an impulsive reply. So much so that I decided to write a blog post about it.

Its easy to throw out the ethereal responses like “Get a Million Dollars”, or “Get Out of Debt!”.

Although those responses might be valid and quite common for most, the question sort of tugs at you if you are honest enough with yourself to admit it. Really! If you think in terms of chronological events or happenings, what would need to happen in the next 365 days for you to look back and say that was the best year of your life?

Does it include such things like:

  • Losing Body Fat / Weight Loss (and what would it take to accomplish that?)
  • Running your first 5K , 10K , 1/2 Marathon, a Marathon? (and what would it take to accomplish that?)
  • Buying your first house? (and what would it take to accomplish that?)
  • Graduating from High School or College? (and what would it take to accomplish that?)
  • Getting that job you really wanted (and what would it take to accomplish that?)
  • Starting a ‘successful business’? (and what would it take to accomplish that?)
  • Authoring / Writing a Book? (and what would it take to accomplish that?)
  • Getting Healthy? (and what would it take to accomplish that?)

Often the ‘what’ is confused with ‘how’. Ideally, we have goals or accomplishments that we desire. But the true ‘what’ is actually ‘how’ we will achieve them. Its about the journey or as that song says ‘Its the Climb’.

It may be coincidental, or maybe not, that I just listened to Lewis Howes’ The School of Greatness Podcast about How to Find Joy in the Journey (when everything else sucks) in which he describes enjoying the process.

I think listening to this a few times might ground anyone answering the question about what would need to happen in the next 365 days to look back and say that was the best year of your life. Embracing and preparing yourself for the challenges and investment it will take to reach whatever it is that you set as your goal(s) is a good idea. Achieving those goals will take work. It will take some hustle. It will take lots of hustle! Some things will need to happen in order to experience the destination(s) you seek to reach.

The list and possibilities can go on forever. Some or most of the ideas can seem selfish to all of us and yet if some or many of these happenings came to fruition and contributed to you having your best year ever, they just might effect a lot of other people as well. And in the process, it would be awesome to have attained the goal you set for yourself. The satisfaction you would receive from knowing that what made your best year ever helped others in some way, would be a bonus or amplify your best year ever. The choice really is yours to make.

What will it take?

Thats something to consider.

Although I won’t list exactly what I think would have to happen in the next 365 days for me to look back and say that was the best year of my life, I’ll admit that the question itself is powerful and motivating. Its awesome to consider the possibilities. I know that it has something to do with finding something that has magic in it for me and doing it so it brings value to others while sustaining my family.

Poof! Pixie Dust!

Brian has a saying. “Poof! Pixie Dust!”, and it has magic! Considering the question he posed, I can’t seem to not think about it deeply. It has made an impact on my thoughts today. I’m now thinking about the next 365 days, the future, my business and personal goals in future tense without consideration of what has happened in the past and what hinders me. The flight or fight principle shows up now quite clearly. Put up or shut up homie! Embracing the challenges that may come to pass is now a lot more exhilarating and magical. The path, seems a bit more illuminated now, despite knowing there will be challenges and obstacles. And considering my 3 words for 2016, I think that will provide an excellent map to make it the best year of my life!

Being motivated by the question of what it will take to reach or experience the goal of having an extraordinary year helps me reverse engineer and plan accordingly.

So….What would need to happen in the next 365 days for you to look back and say that was the best year of your life?

Find Something That Has Magic In It For You

Star Wars VII


Star Wars has always been magical for me. Since I was a little boy in the 70’s when the original film made its debut, I’ve been captivated by the story, the characters, the special effects and The Dark Side…

Before a douchebag hacker hit my website, I had originally published a blog post by the same title. My point hasn’t changed but I thought I’d quasi-recreate the post with some new illustrative thoughts.

Used To Be

I used to be a hyperbaric wound care nurse. I find joy in helping people and the profession was very good to me. ‘Wound Care’, ‘Nursing’, isn’t for everyone. One does need to possess ‘the force’ and have special Jedi healing arts skills to practice the noble profession. Sadly, I saw people at their worst day in and day out. Over time, seeing people at their worst kind of gets to you. The compound effect can be traumatic. Seeing people suffer from very debilitating diseases, skin conditions, trauma, burns….it all adds up and I ultimately decided to retire from healthcare. The solace in it was knowing I was trying to help and provide care for those that needed it. The wins came when we saw wounds heal and pain subside.

Even The Best Fall Down, Sometimes…

One would only suspect they met their demise. As Jedi Masters Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi eventually met their fate, their spiritual selves became ever more powerful.

With the advent of the iPhone, I saw an opportunity to help countless people with emerging technology. I decided to leave practicing health care to start developing apps and realized pretty quickly that I could touch and help the lives of countless people with apps and technology in ways I never could inside a hyperbaric and wound clinic.

As the Emperor in Star Wars might have said, “I have for seen it….” might be an understatement. Fast forward only 7-8 years and almost everyone has a smartphone and the potential to reach them via mobile apps and technology has never been more possible than it is today. Its pretty close to magic as you can get.

Fulfill Your Destiny and Rule The Galaxy

The point of this blog post is somewhat of a call for introspection. Are you merely content with what you are doing? Is there something else you’d rather be doing that might fulfill your life?

Maybe its just me getting to those mid-life years. Being a husband to a wife and a father of three daughters, one begins to think over their life and question whether you’ve mattered in various aspects of life. As the saying goes; Life is short…

So what is your destiny? What matters to you? Who cares what others think?

Of course balance and responsibility matters and I’m not advocating being irresponsible in the least but there is always time for something that has magic in it for you. What is your ‘Force’?

As Anakin left his home planet of Tatooine to train as a Jedi, perhaps the decision to pursue what should be your destiny is in order. In need not be as dramatic as Anakin’s departure from his sandy planet whilst his Masters dueled a bad ass Sith with a double edged light-saber.

Maybe enrollment in your Jedi training is simply recognizing that there is something else you’d prefer to be doing and taking the Padawan-baby steps in that direction.

Your Magical Force

I’ll confess I’ve held back. I have experienced the Force and its very powerful indeed. It can be used for good and the Dark Side can be well, Dark! Remind me to talk about the imposter syndrome in a future post.

Leveraging and creating emerging technologies and digital properties like mobile apps, podcasts, membership sites that help deliver value through education, entertainment and communication fascinates and sustains me. Its magic for me.

For example, being able to host and record a podcast over Blab.Im, then repurpose and publish that podcast on my blog or via iTunes or some other podcast network that reaches an audience is amazing. The opportunity to do the same with apps which potentially can reach and benefit millions or hundreds of millions of people or more is a force….

Its what gives this Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, it penetrates us and binds the galaxy together.

Finding something that has magic in it for you should be something everyone considers. Only you will know what that truly is. Then pursue it. I’m not talking about that fleeting to ‘just get some sleep’ because you are tired. What is it that really motivates you? Find it and do that!

Become a Jedi Master

Whatever ‘it’ is that you find magic in, become the master. Practice it in your lifestyle. That never ends.

For me, I’m creating new apps and new membership sites that people can leverage to learn how to build apps and businesses online that will help sustain them. So stay tuned for announcements on some cool things I’ll be releasing soon!

Don’t give in to the dark side as so many people already have. They merely exist in a life of ‘supposed to’ instead of following a life of fulfillment. I encourage you to find and follow your magic, whatever that may be.

May The Force Be With You!