If you already run a business or in the process of starting one, you will be thinking about your business a lot. But you might not be surprised if I tell you that your business is most likely not the first item on your agenda.
Nor will you be surprised that I don’t believe your business is your life, but it might play a significant role in your life.
However, before you can decide what that role would be, you must ask yourself the following questions:
- What do I value most?
- What kind of life do I want?
- What do I want my life to feel and look like?
- Who do I wish to be?
Your most important first task is to answer these questions.
Let’s take another perspective of this process:
Imagine you’re going to attend the most important occasion in your life. It takes place in a large room filled with all your family and friends, your business associates and anyone else who is important in your life.
Can you see it?
The room is nicely decorated. The lighting is soft and welcoming and reflects warmly of the faces of all your guests. Everybody sits on very comfortable large chairs which fit perfectly to the deco of the room.
At the front of the room is a large table, beautifully decorated with candles on either end. In the center of the table is the object of everyone’s attention — a large, shining, ornate box.
And in the box is – you! Stiff as a piece of wood.
Can you see yourself lying in this box, not a dry eye in the room?
Can you hear it?
Now listen. From the four corners of the room comes a tape recording of your voice. Can you hear it? You’re speaking to your guests. You’re telling them the story of your life.
How would you like that story to go?
What would you like to say to everyone in the room after it’s too late to do anything about it?
If you had to write that script to be played for everyone around you at your funeral, how would you like it to read?
Answering these questions is your primary aim!
And as soon as you’ve written the script, all you have to do is make it come true.
All you have to do is live life as you laid it out.
All you have to do is take it seriously and create it intentionally.
Actively turn your life into the life you want for yourself.
Simple? Yes. Easy? No.
But essential if you want your business to have any meaning beyond work.
Because if your business becomes an integral part of your script, if your business is a significant contribution to your dream and is to become a substantial component of your life’s story, you have to let your business know what that story is.
And how can you do this without knowing what it is? Can you see why it is so essential to create your story and live it fully? If you don’t know it, you can’t live it. How would you know what your first steps should be? How would you measure your progress? How would you know where you are at any given moment? How would you know how far you’ve come? And how would you know how far you still have to go?
Without that story, you’ll have no direction. It would be impossible ever to arrive.
Like with most successful companies, I believe great people are those who know how they got where they are and what they need to do to get where they going.
Great people have a vision of their lives and every day they take steps towards that vision. They work on their lives, not just in their lives.
I believe the difference between great people and everyone else is that great people actively create their lives, while everyone else is created by their lives, waiting to see where life will take them next.
If you haven’t done it yet, take the time right now and start writing your script!
Who do you want to be?