You know how there are some things to which you’ve given thought? They seem clear to you in your mind, but they haven’t actually become part of the you that’s living your life?
This is common for many people…
You may know something but that “knowing” has no real meaning to you. Knowing it doesn’t in any way change how you live or work. Some people call this the difference between knowledge and wisdom.
Knowledge is just another thing you have, waiting to be used…
Wisdom changes your life.
Something has to happen to drive those things from your head into your heart, into your life. It could be anything…
It could be a full-on shock to your system that does it. A kind of emotional cataclysm – the end of an important relationship, going bankrupt, or the death of a loved one.
It doesn’t have to be a negative thing. It could be the birth of a child or selling your company that does it.
It could be something neutral like simply growing older. Although all by itself that doesn’t seem to make anyone much smarter or aware.
It could even be something seemingly trivial, like getting the right email at just the right time, or a “chance” conversation with a friend or trusted advisor.
I have lived with knowing lots of things that didn’t make a damn bit of difference, but over the last few weeks whole giant aspects of my life and business have shifted.
In my “Rhonda” video – if you haven’t seen it you can watch it by clicking here (fair warning, it’s kind of rough) – I talked about an earlier time in my life when I had this extraordinary job. For a job, it was perfect in almost every way. High pay, smart colleagues and clients, interesting, challenging work, international travel… Everything.
And yet I woke up one day and realized that while it was all okay, I wasn’t doing my life’s work. I wasn’t living the way I’d hoped to.
When I finally woke up (and it literally happened waking up one morning) I had no choice but to act.
I turned in my resignation by the end of that week…
Maybe there’s nothing wrong for you with okay, but for me okay is a four-letter word. Now, I’m not saying you have to feel the way I do. For many people okay would be an upgrade…
But one of the problems with living an okay life is that it lulls you…
And you can end up sleepwalking through your okay life and wake up 20 years down the road to the sudden horror that it’s too late to live the life you’ve longed for.
You’ve survived instead of flourished, you’ve settled for existence when you could have had transcendence.
If you’ve read this far, okay probably isn’t for okay for you.
For me, it’s crystal clear: okay isn’t.
I want spectacular.
What about you?