As you work to create, improve, fail, succeed, and build a higher life quality we constantly run into hurdles that are Physical, Mental, Social, and Spiritual. These hurdles at the time are frustrating because it gives us the feeling of either not propelling ourselves to where we want to be and/or going in reverse. The exciting part is these road blocks are usually what makes us focus on another way that becomes the step to functioning at a new level in the future.
The other day I was watching Tinker Bell with my daughter. It’s a movie of a fairy who was destined to be a tinker (inventor) but she aspired to be the controller of wind because she felt it had more meaning in the fairy lives. As the fairies were all harvesting their food for winter (which took the entire summer season) Tinker Bell tried to catch a bunch of running thistles. (OK, Disney here, stay with me). She did this because she wanted to show the others she was better than just a tinker (her destiny in fairy land). While she was piling hundreds of running thistles in a pen to show everyone what she had done they got spooked, broke out of the pen and started a stampede toward fairy land. Being that it was fall season, the entire summer months of harvest were piled up waiting to be stored and the running thistles stampeded through it all. So, at this point there is no food for winter and no time to harvest enough. Naturally the Fairy Queen tells Tinker Bell to leave because she has ruined their lives and failed miserably. Fast forward slightly and Tinker Bell decides to invent (remember the thing she didn’t think had meaning) a machine that would be able to harvest the food in a fraction of the time so they could have enough food for the winter months. She invents it, shows the Queen her machine, they harvest the food and she is a hero. The interesting part of this is had she not failed, had she not attempted something she shouldn’t have in the beginning she would have never found her meaning within the role of a tinker that she felt was not impactful. This invention not only fixed the harvest for that year but for the rest of their lives allowed the fairies to enjoy summer because it only took them weeks to harvest food instead of months (an innovation that increased the fairies’ productivity due to a setback).
Now look at your role, your meaning in life. For true meaning like Tinker Bell we all need to feed our Physical, Mental, Social, and Spiritual tanks in order to improve our life quality. The worst thing you could ever do is look back and say you left something out on the ice (the playing field).
So, consider this:
- For the body – assume you’ve had a heart attack; now live accordingly.
- For the mind – assume half-life of your profession is two years; now prepare and make decisions accordingly.
- For the heart – assume everything you say about another, they can overhear, now speak accordingly.
- For the spirit – assume you have a one-on-one visit with your creator every quarter; now live accordingly.
True meaning, memories and life quality coe from discipline and effort. Tell me a time when you lost 30 pounds and weren’t motivated to take on the world. Tell me a time you finished a book and didn’t have a sense of accomplishment. Tell me a time you improved your skills and could not wait to implement them. Tell me a time you changed someones life when it didn’t benefit yours and just shrugged it off. Tell me a time you won a race and don’t remember crossing the finish line.
Tell me how you felt after the award you won or the recognition you received just for showing up. This is usually an empty memory that fades quickly.
We all have an ability to create a legacy. Unfortunately, it cannot be done as individuals, it can only be done as a team. As a team we are greater than the sum of our parts. As individuals we are only as good as the weakest link and depend ing on the day we will all be the weakest link at some point.
- Trust each other by not being afraid of our own feelings when it comes to improvement.
- Be accountable to each other on tasks and/or pointing out when your expectations have not been met.
- Listen to learn and not to respond to truly understand.
- Don’t be afraid to fail.
- Most importantly: NEVER, NEVER, NEVER give up.