Turning Points – Who Are You Going to Be? Last year, I was in the Carrie Underwood video, See You Again. It wasn’t planned, but the producers of the video ended up using a clip of me helping one of the pastors at Granger Community Church (GCC) baptize individuals, parents with kids, and friends with friends. This was the first time I’ve ever done anything like this even though I have been active in GCC for over 20 years. Check out the video here (I am at 3.26 minutes)
We all have turning points in life, usually many of them. A few years back, I was asked to help with the baptisms during the period that I was pulling together my life plan. If you haven’t already I highly suggest doing a life plan for yourself. There are many types. I used Michael Hyatt’s free ebook to outline mine and started taking the steps to align my life to my priorities, which I consciously decided on while creating my life plan.
I’ve been talking about “Aligning Technology with Business Strategy” for a long time. I never dialed it in as much as I did until my life plan consciously focused me on how I wanted to be remembered. Not for how much money I had, tasks I have done, but who I was and how I helped others.
Knowing who you are, and what you stand for, is probably the biggest turning point you can make in your life. Too often, we work so hard at trying to be a good spouse, parent, friend, employee, but if we don’t know our priorities how will we be successful at any of them?
Life is short; make the most of it. My mom passed away when I was a freshman in high school and my dad passed away just last week on April 10, 2014. Understanding your past and what made you who you are, so you can capitalize on who you are today, leads to a happier you, happier family, and a fun life at work and at home.
It’s a different correlation, but with you—and the people around you—making up the most important part of life and business, it is important to align and prioritize. I have been doing this in business for a long time, but when I aligned my priorities, all aspects of my life became more fulfilling and just plain fun.
TAKE THESE ACTIONS NOW
- Do a Life Plan
- Download Michael Hyatt’s free life plan ebook
- Commit to a completing a draft within 30 days
- Read my Blind Spots blog post
- Write down your turning points in life
- Look back in 5 to 10 year increments and write down the big things that shaped you
- This will be important to reflect when you are doing your life plan
- Take control of your day
- Read my blog – Are you Controlling Your Day
- Commit to improving you for you and everyone around you
- Remember you can’t take care of someone else unless you are taking care of you
- You have to put your oxygen mask on first before putting it on someone else 🙂
For the record my priorities:
- Me (Health, Growth, Rest) – I can’t help anyone if I am dead
- Extended Family