We Don’t Need More Ideas, We Need More Action

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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.

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2 Questions to Ponder

1. If I died today, what would I regret no being able to do?

2. Are those the things I’m spending time doing right now?

(Start, by Jon Acuff, 2013)

It’s not like we haven’t heard these questions before in some shape or form, but for some reason the way that Jon poses the questions have struck me.

What is it that I would regret not being able to do if I died.  Immediately I thought of my family and not being able to see my sweet kids smiles, to laugh with my wife, to see my dad again.  And then the second wave of thoughts are all the things I’ve wanted to do for years (write a book, professional speaking, mentoring others) but never had the time to do.

“I was scared to write a book.  Talking about it was easier and safer than trying it and possibly finding out I didn’t have what it takes.  I clutched apathy tightly like a shield to my chest, pretending I didn’t really care about writing a book.  I was also lazy. I was content to be an average husband and dad. ”  (Start, by Jon Acuff, 2013)

It’s clear that most of us have dreams and goals in life.  And sometimes those goals are clearer than others, but if you don’t change the way you live now – those things will never get done.  You must change.

What got you here will not be able to get you there.

It takes courage to truly pursue grand and big dreams, but that’s what living with purpose is about!

The number one regret of people on their deathbeds according to “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying” is:

I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

So while you still have some years, months, or weeks left if your life, what is it that you’d regret not being able to do, and what are you doing right now to pursue those things?

Start Being Awesome… Today!

Reading a book entitled, “Start” by Jon Acuff found here: http://www.amazon.com/Start-Punch-Escape-Average-Matters/dp/1937077594/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376149556&sr=8-1&keywords=start+jon+acuff

Start

I’m a non-fiction, business, start-up, self-help book junkie and when a book prompts me to act such as this one has, I start doing some of the stuff in it. Imagine that.

But as life continues and we have to live our lives (jobs, bills, eating) – these types of self-discovery journeys take a backseat.

I started reading this book a couple of months ago in June, but I couldn’t finish it. Not because it was bad, in fact I think it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a while.

I’m struck by the title of the book, “Start.” How many times have we planned on doing something, made great plans and even wrote stuff down –

    eventually to never do it?

That’s me. I often have the best intentions, but fall short on action.

Here’s my dilemma, I can start things great, but I never finish them. I’m like a serial-starter-upper but never see it past the goal line. I know Jon Acuff addresses this in the book somewhere, but I think we need another book called “Finish” or “Why Don’t You Try and Actually Finish this Book before You Go and Read Another Book?!”

Because it’s so much easier to buy books and read the first chapter, than to actually read through the first book and try to apply.

If you’re anything like me, you read the introduction and the first chapter, you feel like you have the main point of the book. Welp, got that one under my belt – time to get more knowledge from another book.

Actually if you read the title and subtitle, this probably true – you usually can get the basic gist of the writings. And if you actually read through a few reviews on Amazon (I start with the negative ones) – man, you are really onto something now. Not only do you feel like you already know the material the author wrote, but now you know why you shouldn’t buy the book. You have all the counter reasons for why the author’s main points or writing style is bunk and you move on to the next title.

Meanwhile your bookshelf gets fuller, your wallet a little lighter, and your brain atrophies just a little more.

So here’s my goal: finish this book from cover to cover. Take notes. Apply one or two things in my life to become more awesome. Today.

And as I have write notes in my marble notebook (yes I still use a physical notebook), I am going to write my thoughts in this blog as well.

Time to start.

What can you do today to start being more awesome?