My favorite books to read are every non-fiction tome on how to be a better me. Each one has been a good read. From Napoleon Hill and Seth Godin to John Maxwell and Jon Acuff – they’re all good reads. Even when someone is parroting what other experts have already said – I still feel like I learn when I re-read the same things.
My wife, Amanda is a saint. First, she’s still married to me and has put up with my nonsense for over 13 years. This alone qualifies her for eternal glory, but even more than that she’s someone that genuinely likes to help others.
A few months ago Amanda was at Target. We love Target. Bright lights, wide aisles, and everyone is so “smily” there. The entry always smells like butter popcorn. Ever notice that? Who doesn’t like the smell of melting butter?
As she was walking through the extra-wide aisles, a young pre-teen girl quickly came up to Amanda and asked her to help find some undergarments.
What is it that you’ve been dying to get done this past year? Is it finally writing that book? Starting that blog? Creating your new online business? Perhaps it’s trying to lose weight or develop new relationships?
It’s January 2015. Time to get that darn thing done.
Ask yourself this question: if you had all the time, money, and resources at your disposal for the next month to finish your top priority, what would that goal or project be?
That’s what you need to be working on now. Stop waiting for the perfect time or opportunity. It doesn’t exist. Start today.
You might be good at a lot of things, but you can’t pursue two things at once. Our brains weren’t designed for this.
I know other people have used this phrase before, but I attribute “pick a lane” to Joe Calloway, author of Be the Best at What Matters Most.
Read it. It’s a phenomenal book.
It helped me to focus on my passion and go for it.
Another important lesson to remember is: Don’t worry about picking the wrong lane. First, if you’ve done the homework of winnowing down your choices, you really are picking between 2 or 3 legitimate choices. No losers here.
Second, trust that your interests, passions, and strengths naturally develop and mature over time.
What you consider a lane right now will probably look different 5 years from now.
I hope it does! It means you’re growing, improving, and seeing things in a totally new way!
This means you’ve progressed in your journey. Different view. New perspectives.
But step #1: you need to pick a lane.
You won’t progress in your journey until you pick a lane.