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Planning YOUR Future or What Others Think it Should Be?

December 21, 2011

A few weeks ago, I wrote on making sure your personal vision aligns with that of your company and those around you.  While we wrap up 2011 and prepare to make those New Years commitments or plans, take some time to ask yourself are you planning your future or a future you have created on the expectations of others?  This is particularly important in creating your business and your vision – and it takes some hard thinking on who you are and what you want to be and particularly, what makes you truly happy – especially if you are leading an organization.

We sometimes get wrapped up in chasing others dreams.  Those that are written in the business press of astronomical growth with legendary heroes.  In the end, it may be that its OK to just be who you are and if that person likes living a lifestyle off their business, that’s OK.  Just don’t be afraid to admit it.

The other day, a CEO friend of mine was explaining to his brother how he was expanding his business to accommodate his anticipated growth.  His brother asked, “you must be doing well and making money, correct?”.  Yes, the CEO stated proudly.  “Why don’t you not expand and just enjoy where you are?,” asked his brother.  “That’s not who I am,” stated the CEO.  “I grow businesses, not maintain them.”  We all know both kinds of people and one is perfectly happy in a state of equilibrium and one defines peace and identity through growth.

As Neale Donald Walsch said:

“Every decision you make—every decision—is not a decision about what to do. It’s a decision about Who You Are. When you see this, when you understand it, everything changes. You begin to see life in a new way. All events, occurrences, and situations turn into opportunities to do what you came here to do.”

Have a Blessed Christmas Season.

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