Something pretty big happened in my world today. I packed up my house, loaded a truck and waved off 30 years of my life. I'm leaving the little town where I've lived for 30 years (Cairns, Australia) and I'm moving to Melbourne. It's a big move, one I've contemplated for many years, but now, at age 52, I've decided that the timing is right.
So I guess the logical question to ask is "why move now?". And it is a good question. The short answer is I met a lady, but the longer answer is that I want to make the next 20 years of my life the best 20 years of my life. And that means I need to get out of my comfort zone, to challenge myself and to do what's hard. After all, the easiest thing to do would be for me to stay and die in Cairns.
When I look back and reflect on my life, and start to draw some conclusions, I soon realise that the great things I've achieved in my life have all come as a result of doing what's hard, not doing what's easy. The harder the thing I've done the greater the rewards.
We all have things in our life that we do because they are easy. We settle, we compromise, we accept, in business and in our personal life. And the older we get, the easier it is to do this. But as we get older, we also crave more out of our life and by association out of our business. This to me means that the older we get the more we need to be pushing the boundaries, avoiding the comfort zone and getting scared as a way of pushing ourselves forward.
I decided to make this big move because I'm driven to make the rest of my life the best of my life and to that I'm going to push many boundaries and avoid the real enemy, my comfort zone. I know this is the way to achieve the things I want to achieve in the life remaining to me.
I'm not saying that you need to pack up and leave your town, your business and your relationship tomorrow if it's no longer working for you. I'm asking you to look at your life and think about what you would like to achieve in the years ahead and figure out what personal qualities are you going to need to get there. And most importantly of all, what needs to change in your life to achieve these dreams and goals?
If we have a long hard talk to ourselves we generally know what is holding us back and what we need to do to move forward, but odds on it won't be easy. Then comes the really hard part - deciding if you really are prepared to do whatever it takes to achieve your goals and aspirations. And this probably means some massive change ahead.