Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Today is Yesterday's Tomorrow

I’m curious about how success starts. When I meet a business owner, especially someone who is still very enthusiastic about her work, I want to ask, “How did you get started?” It’s easy to see the results of her starting, but I want to know the story behind her success.

When we see other people’s successes, be it starting a business, a non-profit organization, or fulfilling a lifelong ambition, we see the finished product. It appears to be a linear process. They had an idea, made a plan, and worked the plan step-by-step. One success followed another until now they have a thriving business, organization, or lifestyle.

We believe this is how it worked for them, but we don’t think it can work for us, so we don’t get started. The divide, the gap between where we are and where we want to be feels too big. I agree. This approach won’t work for us, and it didn’t work for them either.

I’ve learned that success starts by just doing something. Learning from our actions. Doing something more. It’s a spiral more than a linear process, and it takes time. But it always begins with putting something into motion.

I’m going to be writing a lot about starting. It’s the topic for my new book, The Power of Starting. If you want to get the most out of these blog posts, think about something you’d like to start. Why do I care so much about starting? Because at your 80th birthday party I don’t want you to look back with regret about what you didn’t do.

There is only one perfect time to get started. It’s TODAY. Right now. Even before you finish reading this blog post, you can put something into motion. Send an email. Make a phone call. Sign up for a class. Don’t put it off until tomorrow. You’ve already done that because today is yesterday’s tomorrow. If we don’t start today, we’ve missed lots of tomorrows.

Just do something. That’s how your success starts.

Copyright 2019. Patrice Jenkins. All Rights Reserved.

Monday, April 15, 2019

You Are Your Choices

Waiter: What can I get for you guys tonight?

Dave: We’re going to split a burger. Medium-rare.

Waiter: Fries or greens?

Patrice: (after hesitating a moment) Greens.

As the waiter walked away from the table, I noticed a message printed on the back of his t-shirt: You Are Your Choices

Hmm…Inspiration for better living can come from anywhere, even at a brewpub. I was glad I chose the greens.

We have the option of choices in retirement. We’re no longer confined to a stressful work schedule or the daily responsibilities of raising a family. And yet, many of us are uncomfortable with the freedom that comes from choices.

Sadly, we’re what Seth Godin describes as “birds that are unhappy until we find a cage that takes away our freedom.”  This “cage” might be going back to work, or keeping so busy that we don’t have to figure out what will bring meaning and purpose to this next stage of life.

In the long run, it’s going to be a bunch of short runs, daily choices that contribute to the lifestyle we want to live in retirement. Make your choices count.

Copyright 2019. Patrice Jenkins. All Rights Reserved.