(a must read)
I want to share a fabulous book with you…it is called “5: Where Will You Be Five Years From Today?” by Dan Zadra and Kristel Wills. Strange title, I know, but it has become very special to me. Before you start reading this Blog, take a moment and ask yourself, “Where will I be in five years from today?”
In one of our investment programs at 37th Parallel Properties (The Preferred 10/10 Program), Chad and I require our students to write a business/personal plan. This plan not only focuses on business goals, but also family, personal and attitude goals. A business plan is literally a “road map” or “guideline” to succeed in business and especially in your own personal life.
When I read “5” it made me realize some very important things in my life. This is my life, my one-and-only life, and the book made me realize that I don’t want to miss any part of it. Author Dave Zadra explains that you and I can make the next five years the most exciting, satisfying, productive and amazing years of our life – if we choose to, or we can choose to make the next five years just another five years.
The purpose of this book is to stir up creative juices inside of you and to inspire you to get in touch with your dreams. It helps you realize this is your only life, so you should live every day to the fullest, no matter what. David’s goal is not to provide a list of what “should” be done with the next five years, but to stir up some exciting possibilities of what “could” be done. The author is suggesting that you find fresh ways of thinking about different areas of your life. It could be something as significant as tracing your family roots, pursuing a heart-quickening adventure, or finding ways of giving back. The concept behind this idea is that you can really turn any “what if” into “what is.” Over the next five years, what do you really want to do? What do you really want to have? What do you really want to be? Where do you really want to go? The whole idea is to live each day of these next five years to the fullest as if they were the last five years of your life, so there are no regrets.
Live your life with purpose. Decide that today will be the best day of your life, where you decide your life is your own. Today is a gift from God and you are responsible for the quality of it. Life is about the choices you make, so make those choices wisely. Think of your life as a hub of a wheel with many spokes. To have a balanced life you need to spend time on each spoke evenly, such as: career, health, financial, education, recreation, charities, adventure, travel, romance, spiritual, and especially your relationship with your spouse and children. If you focus on these different spokes, happiness is yours.
Author David Zadra also talks about other areas in your life to make sure they are well balanced. He suggest that you:
- Surround yourself with friends who believe in you, will lift you up when needed, and will support you in hard times. Ask yourself, “Will he or she make me a better person and help me achieve my most important goals?”
- Live your life today. Some people live their lives on a little island called “Someday Isle.” Do something nice for someone else when you see an opportunity. Do something for yourself once a week that makes you happy. Life is not a dress rehearsal, life is here and it is now, so reach out and seize it.
- Realize how amazing you are. There has never been, and never will be, another you. It has been proven that you and I can accomplish impossible feats with the attributes that God has given us. We also have an amazing mind that only weighs 2 1/2 to 3 pounds and can do amazing things. We have an amazing body, and if we take care of it we can live to be 120 years old.
- Be spontaneous in your life. Create new adventures for yourself; take yourself by surprise. Escape the treadmill of predictability and purposely do new things.
Start doing those things today that will matter tomorrow. Don’t leave this world without giving it your all. The best inheritance or legacy you can leave for your children and grandchildren is an example of how you lived your life. Live your life so that your children can tell their children that you not only stood for something wonderful — you acted on it. In this book, Diane Ackerman writes, “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it; I want to have lived the width of it as well.” Take care of yourself spiritually, physically and mentally. You owe it to yourself to be good to those around you, and whatever you do, do it with passion.
The book “5” has inspired me, and I have only touched on a few ideas in the book. It is only 41 pages long, with pictures, and you can read it in an hour. Yet what you receive from the content is incredible. Like myself, I think you will want to share “5” with all your friends and family members.
“Get excited about your life and live each and every day to the fullest.”