I was catching up with one of my coworkers the other day and he mentioned that he was trying to get by the “Rat race.” I paused for a moment and offered a rather unsolicited advice, “you know, you don’t really have to stay that way.”
Well, It’s not that I wasn’t so concern about his immediate response but rather to his lifestyle after that “talk.”
Many of us including me have been lost within the “race.” The problem is, we don’t really know what on earth are we really trying to achieve. Truth be told, I was a desperate marathoner when I was a kid and I raced because of the prize! Receiving popularity and a penny was all that mattered to me during that time. What happened after that you ask, apparently, I wasn’t so determined as Usain Bolt so you don’t read about me on the news. (Chuckles)
As it turns out, that mindset had been stuck in my head for quite some time until I lost the ‘goal’. I lost it because I lost focus. Peers and pressures were squeezing me within. Fads and fears were hauling me down. Until I lost my vision.
Nevertheless, I kept on going until one day…I saw the “light.” The flashlight! Yep, you got it right! I know it sounds corny but that’s true! We need a flashlight to “light it up” and to help us find our paths back!
As for me, my flashlights were my mentors, the books and blogs I read and the people whom I admire and consider “winners” in life.
I learned a lot from them and I felt responsible for sharing the 3 basic things I learned in order to find my focus again. I hope you too can learn from these as well.
- Know where you are.
My previous job was assisting tourists who come and visit Tokyo and believe me. It’s a challenge to know where you are in here. I have had many calls from our clients asking me to come and pick them because they were lost, problem is, they don’t know where they were! How in the world could I ever find them?
Well, same is true in life. If you wanna know where you’re going, you’ve gotta know where you are first.
2. Look within.
Not within your social media and shopping malls. You’ll more likely to get confused by looking there.As Mark Twain once said , ” I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.”
Well, try to answer that first.
3. Print it.
According to experts( including you marketing gurus!), our success rate is increased up to 98% if we actually see what we want and where we want to go.
If you peak in my room you’ll see a lot of pictures…. don’t come and see please and don’t even judge me. I’m a work in progress too!
I haven’t achieved all the things I wanted in life nor the places where I want to be, but I could honestly tell you that I am where I am right now because I followed those 3 principles I have learned in the past.