When I was working in direct marketing, going door to door to small and big businesses as a sales person, one small business owner asked me what I believed in. He was a cool guy. He was the owner of a pizza shop and he even offered me a free drink and a slice as we carried on a deep conversation on a not-busy afternoon. He asked me that question because he wondered why I was driving around to businesses on 100% commission for someone else. So he was asking what I believed in enough to do for myself.
It was easy for me to answer because I have been dreaming and crawling towards my BIG IDEA for about 15 years at that time. I said,
“I believe in inspiration. I believe that words can raise the dead. I believe that encouragement comforts the soul in ways that a hug comforts the body. I believe that words put in a sequence can reveal knowledge and insights that can bring joy to people and give them enough to keep pushing forward in a world that is tough to walk through.”
The reason I believe that quote or am moving towards revealing myself to be this is because of a childhood experience that made me notice that this is missing in many people’s lives including my own. The truth is that I took that sales job to get used to pitching to people I didn’t know. I know at some point I will have to do it for myself and I was betting that if I could go all out for someone else I would have to go all out for myself. I was practicing. It was a step in achieving my ultimate goal.
Isn’t that what excellence is about? Isn’t there ever a time when you have to do something that you may not want to do in order to get where you want to be? This is why knowing what you want is one of the most important things to leading an enjoyable life…it makes the tough and unpleasant parts of the journey bearable…it has meaning.
As athletes, do you ever notice that practice sometimes seem tough and unpleasant? Practice will never make sense and will always be boring to a player who has no dreams about what kind of player they want to be.
Even my friends asks me why I do this blog. My answer is the same…this is my Life! This blog is a mirror of some pieces of my soul; I love to inspire, to encourage, and I love to accomplish goals that get me closer to my BIG IDEA and this blog is one of those things.
When your friends ask you why you go to practice, why you chose your degree, why you are working on that paper so early, or why you do what you do, what do YOU say? What have you said? What will you say?
If you can’t answer that question, you must then ask yourself this: who or what is leading your life…since it’s not you?