I’d like to share with you an image I have for my future life. It’s an image I meditate on often and it helps me clarify. I call it, “future me.”
Back from the hardware store, I’m pulling into the long gravel driveway in my old Chevrolet pickup truck with two dogs. White t-shirt and faded blue jeans. Red Wing boots, Hank Jr. on the radio. Warm spring day, my sweetheart waiting on the front porch and ready with the coffee. Kids are coming over today.
My future is less, not more. My future is simpler.
How do I get there from here?
Yesterday, I made it back to the gym. I’ve not been consistent since I broke my leg, but slowly I’m returning to my previous healthy ways.
It felt good to get up early, lift some weights, shoot some hoops, and to try something new–the steam room.
Protip: Try the steam room! Especially if you suffer, like me, with various aches and pains.
Exercise is important, but it’s not as important as the ACTUAL daily routine. You see, it’s the habit itself that has the greatest impact.
Dr. Jordan Peterson is a Canadian psychologist. Recently he wrote a book called the 12 Rules For Life. Through his book and his YouTube channel he’s built a following of mostly young men who look to him for advice.
“Clean your room!” Peterson implores.
In other words, don’t worry about changing the world just yet, first get your affairs in order. Clean your room!
Daily habits, like the trip to the gym, is the equivalent of cleaning your room. Same with diet. Same with reading. Same with prayer. Same with business.
I’m putting together next year’s business plan. I’m super excited as I have a brand new structure with brand new positions and will be adding four or five new agents.
What should we do? How can we achieve our goals? What activities should we add?
My answer to the business growth question is the same answer to my health goal question. It’s the same answer as it is with my spiritual growth question. It’s the same answer as it is with my financial goals question. It’s the same as the image of “future me.”
You see, most answers in life are not complicated. The best solutions are typically the simplest solutions. It all comes down to fundamentals.
Baseball coaches teach you athletic position, balance. Football coaches teach you blocking and tackling. Good basketball coaches teach you defense and rebounding. It’s all fundamentals.
Business, and life, are no different.
My plans for next year come down to executing the fundamentals. In 2019 I will focus on the daily habits that allow me to be the leader I hope to become. Simultaneously, I will be teaching those same fundamentals to the agents and clients in my care.
Not big complex plans, but fundamentals of caring for clients and keeping our promises.
Plans that create an environment that values relationships. Plans that value people.
Yeah, in 2019 I will pursue simple.
You know, like future me and his two dogs.