In 30 years time, if I am lucky enough to still be breathing, where do I want to be and what do I want to be doing?
I found an unexpected bargain, a $2 book: “Think BIGGER” by New Zealand jeweller, entrepreneur, philanthropist and author Michael Hill, from the local secondhand store. For $2 dollars I received so much more in return, causing me to look at things a lot differently.
Up until picking up that book 5, or 10 years at a stretch, into the future would have been the furthest that I had ever projected myself in terms of my goals and desires. Prior to this moment and still to a degree I believe that everyday is to be treasured as each minute that we draw breath is not guaranteed and that by projecting too far into ones future causes you to be absent in the present moment, wasting valuable time and missing precious moments.
However, what this simple exercise of projecting 30 years into my future did for me was to make me realize that I was thinking way to small in what I hope to achieve in my life time. Because I was only projecting but a few years a head of the present I found myself compromising trying to squeeze things in, consequently bigger goals were being culled from the list to make way for a number of smaller and presumably easier to achieve goals. I was choosing smaller goals over bigger ones, conditioning myself to think small. Whilst there is some merit in this approach the overall scope and vision of my capability was being limited.
Now when visualizing 30 years into my future I have begun to see that I can not only achieve greater things but truly believe in a higher purpose for my existence on this earth other than: becoming financially free in a year or so; or running in all 6 of the Marathon world Majors. I can now see myself older, a lot wiser, drawing more satisfaction from engaging with and helping a lot more people outside that of my immediate family, circle of friends and community. I can not be content with my own patch of dirt and retirement.
How can I add value to this world long after I am gone??? Think BIGGER!!