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Picture your life … if you can

Picture your life … if you can

Imagine someone has just asked you to build a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. So, you pour the 1,000 pieces out of the box and spread them around on the dining room table. You then flip over the lid of the box to see the picture, and it’s blank.

Shit, there’s no picture. How will you build the puzzle without a picture? Even a split-second glimpse of what it’s supposed to be would be useful. But no. Nothing. You’re stabbing in the dark because without it you don’t have a clue where to even start.

Now think of your own life as a puzzle with many different (1,000) pieces. Do you have a full picture of what your life looks like? Perhaps the outline of your puzzle is complete, which is generally a pretty good place to start building a puzzle. But that’s not enough; you still need to see the full picture if you want to be the driver of your life.

So, where do you begin?

You begin with the BIG rocks. But first, you need to get rid of the small stuff in your life; the little stones and pebbles that irritate and get in the way. Stop dabbling in small talk and trivial things. Stop being too busy to ever smell the roses. Stop making life decisions with the handbrake on, always in full control, and always waiting for the right ‘someday’ to make your move.

Stop caring so much what others think of you and going with the flow and doing what everyone else does. Stop majoring in minor things, playing a crummy game, and getting crummy outcomes.

And then create your BIG rocks. Who am I? What is my drive, motivation and purpose? What are my strengths and defining traits? Where do I want to be? Today? One year from now? Five years from now? The little stones and pebbles will probably always be there to irritate you, but at least they will sit alongside and in-between your BIG rocks. They won’t shape the picture of your puzzle.

Let these BIG rocks shape and define you, your life and your work. Create a full picture of what your life looks like, and then set about building it one piece at a time, one day at a time. As the saying goes.

“You don’t live once, you die once; you live every day”.

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