THIS IS ME
I’ve lived a good life.
I am well educated (BS Boston University, MBA Boston College, and for good measure, MS in Nonprofit Management).
I’ve been a financial adviser. I’ve advised start-up businesses. I’ve been a fundraiser and an advocate. I’ve managed restaurants, warehouses, and fund groups.
I’ve traveled to a majority of the 48 contiguous states as well as Canada, Mexico, and a handful of island nations that make up North America. (Clearly there’s work that needs to be done in this department.)
It looks good on paper, it sounds good to my friends, but I’m not satisfied.
There is so much that I want to accomplish. To make my children proud of me. To prove to my mother that I can do it. To feel that I have exhausted the gifts that God has given me.
- Writing a book – done. In fact, I’ve written three. None of which I have published yet.
- Creating a line of calendars – done. I have the data completed for three. I just need to figure out how to manufacture and bring to market.
- Launch a t-shirt line. I’ve had a few ideas floating around my mind for a few years.
- Opening an after school program
- Opening a school
- Operating a non-profit that provides coats, hats, scarves, and gloves to children in my community. (It gets cold in Boston!)
- Operating a non-profit that gives away groceries.
- And many other things.
As the saying goes: If you can conceive it (done), and you believe it (done), you can achieve it. This last bit is where I’m at now.
I’ve come across a number of articles that offer advice on how to change your life in 2 months to 2 years. I’ve found a consistent thread in many of the ones that I believe offer permanent – or at least long-lasting – change. These include writing down your goals, visualizing your goals, and working towards your goals every day.
Easier said than done.
Then I came across an article that opened my eyes. It said to do something, no matter how small, every day towards your goal. This may seem obvious, but life has a tendency of getting in the way. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Same principle.
I’ve read enough articles, biographies, and books to know that the type of transformation that I want for my life is not only possible but doable. As I approach my birthday, this will be my gift to myself for my next birthday.
I may need your help along the way. In his timeless classic Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill identifies the benefits of the “mastermind alliance”, now called a mastermind group. Mastermind groups offer a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support in a group setting to sharpen your business and personal skills. A mastermind group helps you and your mastermind group members achieve success. Participants challenge each other to set powerful goals, and more importantly, to accomplish them. I need you to hold me accountable. Stay on me and make sure that I am doing something that advances one of my goals each day. And if you share your goals, I’ll do the same for you!
And so begins my day one.