So I turned 40…now what

On December 26, 2013, I turned 40. To some it may appear to be trivial but for me it was something monumental. For about the last 15 years I never thought that I would see 40 years of age. It was not that I was so reckless or anything of that manner; I just never thought I would see this happen.

It has been a couple of days since my birthday and I am starting to reflect…

1. The next 10 years of my life are going to have to be power-packed. Financially, I am not where I would like to be in order to retire (if needed) and definitely not at a place where I want to be in order to take of my parents. So it is time to grind.

2. For so many years I have lived beneath my capabilities because I did not want the responsibility of success. The result of my reluctance has put me in place that has produced my financial issues. It is not that I haven’t been productive but that I could have done so much better. So as I view 40, I see where that lack of giving a 120% has hindered my growth and progress.

3. In the past three years my body has started to break down from years of hardcore sports and military injuries. So I have bad knee, repaired elbow, high blood pressure and diabetes. The need to get back into top shape is paramount as it could become an issue of life or death.

There are many more things that I have reflected upon but these three ties into everything that I am thinking through. Turning 40 heightened my awareness to navigate a change in all areas of my life to be better- to be great  and give 120%. I have come to grips with the fact that I never wanted a job that was about money but wanted a job where I could transform people life. It has been a long road these 40 years but I have settled on the fact that I am a servant here to help others get to the finish line- whatever that looks like in their context.

Let’s get it this year and grind it out-building mind, body and soul.

I put this sign up in my office…

DECIDE TO BE GREAT…TODAY

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2 thoughts on “So I turned 40…now what

  1. I feel this list. I had many of the same thoughts when I turned 30 a three months ago (except the health issues). I’m in the place now where I know some things MUST change, but I’m frozen in fear of what that change will bring—even though I KNOW it will be better than what is. Similar to your sign in your office, I too have written a message to myself on my bathroom mirror and on a note of the steering wheel of my car. It reads: KEEP PUSHING. I have to remind myself almost every moment that I must keep pushing past this fear to unlock this greatness that I am afraid of inside of me.

    It’s going to be tough, but this is the beginning of the best days pour lives. Let’s keep each other lifted and accountable!

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