• 5: Where will you be five years from today? By Dan Zadra
  • Decide What's Next in Your Life, and Strategize How to Get It. You don't have to take life the way it comes to you. You can design your life the way you want it. This is your life, your one and only life, and you don't want to miss any part of it. So, what is it going to be? You decide. Starting today, you can make the next five years the most exciting, satisfying, productive and amazing years of your life so far-or just another five years. The purpose of this book is to stir your creative juices and to inspire you to really get in touch with your dreams. The 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. In the following pages, you'll find fresh ways of thinking about different areas of your life. It could be something as significant as tracing your roots, developing an exciting idea, pursuing a heart-quickening adventure, or finding creative ways to give back. The truth is, you really can 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 future is sending back good wishes and waiting with open arms. -Kobi Yamada
  • Live your life on purpose. You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own and you know what you know. And you are the one who'll decide where to go. -Dr. Seuss. The best day of your life is the day on which you decide your life is your own. No one to lean on, rely on or blame. The gift of life is yours, it is an amazing journey, and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. Life is about the choices you make-choose wisely. Start by choosing the two most important "guiding stars"-your values and your mission. Choose your values: Values are personal choices you make about what's important to you. Being guided by your highest values brings immense satisfaction and meaning to life. Examples of lifetime values: Family, Friendship, Health, Wealth, Learning, Sustainability, Career, Community, Faith, Integrity, Art, Free Time, Creativity, Adventure, Love.
  • An elderly man, in the final days of his life, is lying in bed alone. He awakens to see a large group of people clustered around his bed. Their faces are loving, but sad. Confused, the old man smiles weakly and whispers, "You must be my childhood friends, come to say good-bye. I am so grateful." Moving closer, the tallest figure gently grasps the old man's hand and replies, "Yes, we are your best and oldest friends, but long ago you abandoned us. For we are the unfulfilled promises of your youth. We are the unrealized hopes, dreams and plans that you once felt deeply in your heart, but never pursued. We are the unique talents that you never refined, the special gifts that you never discovered. Old friend, we have not come to comfort you, but to die with you."  From "I Believe in You" What will you do with your talents? Talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back. The things you are naturally good at are your gifts. If singing or dancing or math or music or leadership come easy to you, that's a gift. One of the marks of a gift is to have the courage to fulfill it. If it's easy for you to be a good dancer, or singer, or athlete, why not become a great one? List some of your natural gifts and talents. Decide you'll become great at one or more over the next five years.
  • Have adventures. Life is truly a ride. We're all strapped in and no one can stop it. When the doctor slaps your behind, he's ripping your ticket and away you go. As you make each passage from youth to adulthood to maturity, sometimes you put your arms up and scream, sometimes you just hang onto that bar in front of you. But the ride is the thing. I think the most you can hope for at the end of life is that your hair is messed, you're out of breath and you didn't throw up.  -Unknown. Break with routine. What happened to spontaneity? At what point did you lose the right to do something in your day just because you feel like it at the moment-just because you're alive? Because of our routines we forget that life is an ongoing adventure. -Maya Angelou. Take yourself by surprise. Be unlike you now and then. Escape the treadmill of predictability. * Wear colored socks. * Take the scenic route to work. * Re-tune your radio to Beethoven or Mariachi music for awhile. * Feed the birds at lunch. * Give blood or visit the food bank. * Call your mother. * Plant a flaming yellow rhododendron. * Buy a vegetable or fruit you've never tried before. * Write a love letter to your significant other. * Turn off the TV and talk to your kids.  Do something brilliant every day.  Strike out in some new directions. * Learn martial arts or creative dance. * Make a spectacular presentation. * Obliterate your sales goal. * Dream a wonderful dream. * Prepare an astounding meal. * Tell an outrageous joke. * Savor life. Remember, we only pass this way once.
  • Forget your age. Clearly it's what you do-not when you do it-that really counts. At age 7, Mozart wrote his first symphony. At 14, country singer LeAnn Rimes won her first two Grammy awards. At 16, swimmer Shane Gould won three Olympic Gold medals. At 17, Joan of Arc led an Army in defense of Europe. At 20, Debbi Fields founded Mrs. Field's cookie company. At 21, Fred DeLuca co-founded Subway with just $1,000 in his pocket. At 42, John F. Kennedy ran for the U.S. Presidency, and won. At 45, boxer George Foreman regained the heavyweight championship of the world. At 46, Jack Nicklaus won his sixth Masters tournament. At 54, jockey Willie Shoemaker won the Kentucky Derby. At 57, Ray Kroc founded MacDonald's. At 62, Colonel Sanders devoted himself to Kentucky Fried Chicken. At 78, Grandma Moses started painting and was still participating in one-woman art shows well into her nineties. At 83, architect Frank Lloyd Wright was asked which of his masterpieces was the best. "My next one," he said. At age 84, Titian painted his famous "Allegory of the Battle of Lepanto." At 86, Ruth Rothfarb ran the Boston Marathon in just over five hours. "You lose a lot of speed between 80 and 86," she joked. On his 104th birthday, Cal Evans was interviewed by a Denver reporter. "Have you lived in Denver all your life?" asked the reporter. Cal laughed and replied, "Not yet, Sonny." Here is the test to determine whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't. -Richard Bach. Whether you're five or 105, you have a lifetime ahead of you-so renew your dreams! What are you passionate about? What is something you've always wanted to do but haven't done? Right now is a good time. Never retire! Do what you do and keep doing it. But don't do it on Friday. Take Friday off. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, go fishing...Then from Monday to Thursday, do what you've been doing all your life. My point is: Live fully and don't retreat. -Mel Brooks
  • When you reach the end of your life do you want to be one of the people who are glad they did, or one of the people who wish they had? Start doing the things today that will matter tomorrow. Don't leave this world without giving it your all. The best inheritance you can leave your kids is an example of how to live a full and meaningful life. Live your life so that your children can tell their children that you not only stood for something wonderful-you acted on it! -Dan Zadra. Close your eyes for a few minutes and imagine that today is your 100th birthday. Your children and grandchildren are throwing a party-and a newspaper reporter has come to interview you. What do you want to tell the reporter about your life? Your accomplishments? Your regrets? Now, open your eyes. It's not too late-you have a fresh start on life!
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