It’s been a long while, since I wrote a post. 2012 flew by at lightning speed, it was an amazing and eventful year in it’s own right. London Olympics, U.S. Presidential election, Costa Condoria cruise ship runs around, Queen Elizabeth’s jubilee celebration, Aurora massacre, protests in Egpyt, Hurricane Sandy, Newtown CT massacre, and Apple becomes the largest company in the World. The loss of so many talented entertainers. There are so many events that made headlines in 2012. For me personally, 2012 was a time of lots of change. New beginnings, new opportunities. I clocked 22,000 miles to Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, and to two of my favorite hangouts, Las Vegas and St. Maarten. Life lessons? Money, jobs, and expensive clothes/jewelry/cars/homes do not guarantee happiness or success. Material things come and go. What is most important? Family, friends, good health, pets, following your passions, and being happy.
I leave the lessons and events of 2012 in the past, and begin 2013 with hope, optimism, passion, positive energy, and a strong desire to give more, travel more, and achieve happiness in every area of my life. Yes, 2013 will be extraordinary. Why? Because I will make it extraordinary. I am willing to do whatever it takes to inspire and enrich my life. I end with a quote that I read today from DebnDave (theplanetd.com), “ordinary people can live extraordinary lives.” Everyone has the right to live the best life possible. There is never a better time than the present. Make 2013 extraordinary! Would love to hear your thoughts.
Today, I realized that Memorial Day is over, summer has officially begun, and we’re almost six months into 2012 already. So, it’s time for me to write again. Time is passing quickly, and I have started a new journey. The journey towards an extraordinary life. My life has always been full, but never extraordinary. I started to ask the question why? Why should I settle for an ordinary life? From here, I will begin with the question, are you living an extraordinary life? What exactly does that mean? More importantly, how do you get to extraordinary?
An extraordinary life is different for everyone. For some, it may be material. Owning your own business. Making a million dollars or more. Having that dream home. Owning luxury vehicles. For some, it may be less tangible. Growing a garden. Having a successful marriage. Raising amazing and productive children. Securing your dream job. Traveling the world. Ultimately, an extraordinary life is life on your terms. It starts with finding your passion and purpose in life, what you truly want, and what YOU were made for. It means never settling for less than what you can be in life. When you are living an extraordinary life, you will find a greater sense of meaning, not only in what you do, but who you are. So you would ask, how do I get to an extraordinary life? According to peak performance coach Tony Robbins, you need two things: the science of achievement (the ability to take anything you envision and make it real) and the art of fulfillment (this allows you to enjoy every moment).
For me personally, at this moment an extraordinary life means being connected with my Creator, giving 110% effort at everything I do, going the extra mile, sharing, creating, traveling and giving in ways that are meaningful to me and to those I care about. Contributing and giving completely and generously. Embracing love fully – love of myself, the love for God, love for life, and love for others. Lastly, gratitude and appreciation for everything that life has to offer. That definition of extraordinary will likely change as my life changes, as the seasons change.
An extraordinary life cannot happen without achievement and fulfillment. Achievement requires you to have a much higher standard. Demand more from yourself. You must want to be excellent. When your standard is excellence, you get all the rewards and all the impact that come with it. Fulfillment is much more than just feeling good. The only way to be fulfilled is to constantly grow and contribute in a meaningful way to other people and to the world. And, in order to grow, you have to be willing to let go. Growing means letting go of your fears, who you are, setting standards, and challenging yourself to do more and be more. We are all here to support and grow and contribute to one another. An extraordinary life happens when we make sure we maximize our capabilities and gifts as human beings. Living an extraordinary life simply means living on your own terms, at the best and highest level.
In closing, I encourage you to live with a mindset of abundance. Understand that wealth is much more than what’s in our wallets. How we feel is more important than what we have. Living an extraordinary life is a journey, not a destination. It starts with YOU. Never settle. Live life on your terms – doing what you want, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, as much as you want. I welcome your feedback.
Why live an ordinary life, when you can live an extraordinary one.”
~ Anthony Robbins