Many people ask me what it means to LIVE600. I've defined LIVING as investing in your life to create opportunities that grant you fulfillment in all things that bring joy and happiness: success, family, love, and relationships. How you go about obtaining this fulfillment truly captivates how you live your life.
Prelude to each day; to the idea that an adventure, whether grand or small, awaits you. The tour of life is like no other; in fact, it is the most inexplicable trip or journey. Think NOW and think FORWARD; because, thinking back should have granted you some wisdom to recognize the things you should appreciate, and educated you on habits that help to create new opportunities- new possibilities in your life. This is the definition of "forward progress". If you think your "tour" is done, then you've obviously stopped believing that life can be incredible and it is truly what you make of it.
How you rise from the most difficult and sometimes hopeless circumstances to arise a bigger, better, and stronger person- is resilience. This resilience is what ultimately determines your 600: Being able to look back on the full circle of your life and say that you did something truly worth remembering. The truly rare special moments that happen on our tour are the benchmarks of our life. They are not determined by a status quo of impact; they are determined by the effort in which YOU place your heart and soul into an idea- a vision no matter how big or small- and achieve it. This tour is already special, because it's the rarest gift we are ever given; it is LIFE. We have to remember to leave our milestones on our journey, so that others can follow in the footsteps of change, possibilities, and hope.
Like many, I still run like I'm competing for a spot; like my opponent is standing next to me every moment of everyday. If I don't find a way to stay in the race- to accelerate or to outlast them- then they will without a doubt run past me. My worry is if I continue to get passed, maybe it will be forgotten that I was ever in the race. I don't want to be forgotten. That's just the competitor in me. Nevertheless, I admire and appreciate those running with me- with a pupose. My hopes are always for others to join-in the race. This desire for others to be successful does not take away from my passion to win; my motivation to conquer; nor, does it make we a weak opponent. If anything it increases my motivation and drive. It keeps me humbled and balanced, and reminds me to never take anything for granted.
As positive and forward-thinking as I am, I am a little bit of a cynic; somewhat a pessimist when it comes to the pessimistic views of life. It is very difficult for me not to recognize negatives in circumstances and people. However, I still recognize positivity as the most essential element on "the tour". Positivity is willing to push you to run harder, faster, and longer each and every day- because it brings instant value and purpose to life. When we compete in life we are trying to win or accomplish something. Some people throw in the towel when they see their opponent or when the work just gets too challenging. However, winning can happen on many levels. You may not always be number one, but if you're competing for your 600- placing is not half bad when you are still in the company of number one. Too many people forget to acknowledge when they've placed; and as such, they don't recognize when they've reached another milestone in their life. Milestones increase our desires to keep pushing forward on this great journey.
Lately, I've felt that exhaustion is getting the best of me; that everything that I'm working on leaves me no room to work more. I find myself pulling on the very edge of a rope. This "tug-of-war" is extremely trying. As I find myself becoming completely exasperated, I pull back on that rope; gaining an inch more just when I need it. I am able to muster strength that I know it is from growing and from my faith in HIM; it is from being inspired and motivated to reach my 600 because not only do I believe in me, others do. Any and every ounce of appreciation, recognition, and guidance that anyone has ever given me is added fuel to my tank. To me, motivation comes from the simplest idea: Why IT, anything, matters. In those trying moments so many people who sprinkled positivity into my life become my why. Some still near and dear to me, and some watching me from above. I think about the one promise that I can still give back to them: To never quit on me.
My tour, my journey in life, is about more than me. It requires a great deal of sacrifice of not just what I want to be, but who I need to be in order to become the very best of ME. There's this idea that if you work to please others, then you are forgetting about yourself. There is some truth to the statement, and it is one of the philosophies that I still believe rings true. However, I realize that the people I want to be better for want me to be better for ME. My well-being to them is not about what I can do for them, but how bettering myself brings them joy and happiness. I am a part of what they need for their 600; their LIFE- just as they are for me. They MATTER. We do not take this journey alone, and the people willing to run along side us, behind us, above us, or even in front of us are often the very ones that extend our rope.
My pleasure- my true joy- comes from what I can do for others. Servitude is one of the greatest characteristics of a leader, and yet, so few embrace this quality. The "others" running or willing to run for the same "tour" as me, are the people that I want to serve. We may be competing at different levels, but I appreciate and value the sustenance they bring to my life.
A great story has characters, protagonist and antagonist; it's filled with action, sometimes dramatic and tragic; and it has a resolution that resolve the conflicts within the story. I want to be a character that matters in a great story, and I hope my story has other characters that matter just as much. What is living without others to share it with?
It's easy to say, "I tried and failed". It's much more difficult, and yet rewarding, to say, "I tried and failed, but I'm still trying". If you are having difficulty getting on your LIVE600 tour, start by discovering what matters and why.
Prosperity is acknowledged when you are fortunate enough to realize you're on this grand tour; this epic tale; this journey called LIFE. It is priceless. LIVE it.