What are you truly capable of achieving? Here’s a clip of my first 24 hour running nationals that I competed in. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you open up your mind. It all starts by rejecting your automatic and regular “that’s impossible” thoughts and replacing them with the question, “How can I?” What limits have you set for yourself that are truly self-imposed?
Special thanks to my crew (yes, they were up all 24 hours too!): My beautiful wife Wendy, my buddy Randy Lovell, and my amazing Dad.
Most people start businesses in the pursuit of a financial dream. Although that’s wonderful (and business must produce a profit or it won’t have the ability to continue), let me step out and suggest it’s not the best strategy. What could be better than the pursuit of a financial dream? Answer: The Pursuit of a Passion–specifically, a Personal Calling.
Now don’t get me wrong, I encourage all entrepreneurs to be profitable and achieve wonderful dreams. Let’s face it, your success opens doors for others as the wake of your progress creates jobs and opportunities. Consequently, your hard work deserves rewards. Yet, rather than getting focusing on the money, first focus on your passion.
Too often people ask me what company/product/opportunity pays the most rather than asking themselves what pursuit ignites them the most. Pursuing your passion will actually be your greatest ROI. Let me explain…
The Moment of Truth
Just as in life, business has its seasons. There are good times and let’s call them not-as-good times. The question isn’t will those tough times happen. The question is how will you respond to them? What will stop you from simply sliding down to point of game over? There are really three things that will keep you going:
1. Your Dream. The bigger, more passionate you are about your dream, the more motivated you will be to persist. When you are chasing a dream that’s meaningful, you’ll fight for it. (For some, a big dream is simply not to lose the big money they invested into their business–not a super positive dream but still meaningful). However, if your dream is weak you’ll rationalize that it’s just not important enough to keep going. Have a fresh, big dream and build the dreams of others with whom you work.
2. Your Relationships. The deeper, more meaningful your relationships in business, the more you’ll go the extra mile to see things through. Go beyond having superficial relationships with your business partners and employees. Create deep emotional connections and they will serve you well. Often we will do more for others than we will even do for ourselves.
3. Your Calling. As powerful as dreams and relationships are to get through your “Moment of Truth,” there’s nothing as powerful as the pull of a personal calling. When you believe that your work is your calling – that it’s God’s will for your life – that you’re specifically designed with certain passions and talents to solve some particular problem, persisting through tough times isn’t an option whatsoever.
When money is your objective, burnout looms around every challenge. It can become harder to get up each day and easier to quit and rationalize those dreams into something smaller. Yet, when you are passionately in pursuit of a true personal calling, you no longer put energy into what you do. Instead, what you do energizes you! You were made for it and you love it! Rather than pushing forward, you’re feeling pulled into what you do. Wow! What a difference. Try to burnout with something you absolutely feel called to do!
Consequently, you’ll naturally and happily work harder, longer, and with more passion when you pursue a calling. Let’s face it, you’ll also be more creative and a lot more fun to be around! In addition, your true passion will attract others that align with your thinking and cause unique synergistic effects that are hard to produce otherwise.
The reward for this pursuit is a higher level of living. You’re now not only in the pursuit of success but rather in the pursuit of significance. That’s a big difference. Success can afford many things but only significance can touch that deep place of fulfillment.
So look to enterprise in areas of your passions. Look to solve things for people that are meaningful to you and for which you’ve been given gifts and talents. Let your work become a mission and enjoy a life of success and significance.
How valuable would a Life Map be to you? Let’s face it, we’d never go on a trip without a map or a GPS. Yet, many of us are racing through life in such a hurry without ever considering where it is that we are going.
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A short time ago, I enjoyed a run with Dean Karnazes and Greg Hardesty. Greg, an Orange County Register reporter and fellow ultrarunner, was doing an interview with Dean and set it up as an interview on the run. It was a beautiful day for a beachside run and we had a great time cruising together talking about running, life, and Dean’s book about lessons learned from running 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states.
I love Dean’s story because he made a dramatic shift in his life. For a long time he climbed the corporate ladder. However, dissatisfied with his life, he began to pursue his love of running. One thing has led to another and now he is able to use his passion to positively impact others. Dean’s goal is to get the message out of wellness and touts the philosophy of, “Do what you love, and you’ll be fulfilled and happy.”
Although running may not be your passion, the real question is what is it? And, more importantly are you pursuing it? Your passions often lead to your purpose.
Too often, unfortunately, people won’t pursue their passions because they think they are too busy, they are concerned about what other people will think, they don’t believe enough in themselves, or simply they fear something (most often it’s the fear of failure). I submit to you that these concerns, although relevant to you right now, will not mean much when you get to the end of your life. At that point, all you will care about is what did you do with your life. Live a life that you can reflect back and smile knowing that you went for it!
There’s a saying, “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming, ‘Wow, what a ride!!!’”
Perhaps, my ultrarunning friends and I take this quote a bit literally but the point is to go for it! Don’t worry about what other people think. Value your own opinion. What do you think? Is it God’s will? Your passion may be a bit nutty, but that’s okay. Even Dean said to my wife Wendy, as he remembered her crewing for me during the 2007 US 24hr Ultrarunning Nationals, “You’re welcome to call my wife anytime for counseling.”
Live a life that is exciting to you. And, most importantly, search for how you can use your passions to serve others.
Dean Karnazes’ endorsement of Chuck Goetschel’s book, Simon Says: “Chuck Goetschel has captivated and energized thousands of folks to get after life. His message is one of encouragement and inspiration, helping others to make dreams come true. Chuck provides a platform for lifelong learning and development, which is essential for true change to happen.”