We’re just four short days from 2023. Which means it’s a great time to do a self “audit”.
I’m sure you do this quite a bit in your career. What is necessary? What can we eliminate? What direction do we want to go?
In business, it’s much easier to do than in our lives. Now, I’m guessing you’re not keeping a “life spreadsheet” that tracks your Key Performance Indicators – if you are, then Rock On!
But for most of us, our lives start to creep and fill with unnecessary desires.
Here’s a story a read this morning that demonstrates this perfectly…
The Parable of the Mexican Fisherman.
An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna.
The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.
The Mexican replied, “only a little while.”
The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish?
The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.
The American then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?”
The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, Maria, and stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine, and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life.”
The American scoffed. “I have an MBA from Harvard, and can help you,” he said.
“You should spend more time fishing, and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat.
With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, and eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats.
Instead of selling your catch to a middle-man, you could sell directly to the processor, eventually opening up your own cannery.
You could control the product, processing, and distribution,” he said.
“Of course, you would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles, and eventually to New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”
The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”
To which the American replied, “Oh, 15 to 20 years or so.
“But what then?” asked the Mexican.
The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time was right, you would announce an IPO, and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions!”
“Millions – then what?”
The American said, “Then you could retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you could sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, and stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play guitar with your amigos.”
Life is much simpler than we make it.
So, for the next few days as you’re auditing and mapping out your goals, I want you to really think…”What do I really want?”
And over the past 14 years, we’ve gotten really good at helping our Crew achieve what they really want on the course AND in the gym.
So, you’re not alone.
Your #1 Fan,
PS – If you’re not sure what your goals really are, that’s okay too.
One of our favorite tools we use with Our Crew to help uncover your true desires is The 40-Day Forge.
Don’t be fooled b/c it’s free.
Challenging yourself mentally and physically for 40 straight days will teach you things you never knew you could do. Never knew you cared about. Never knew you didn’t care about.