Facebook is a great place to find articles that have been shared. The more the article title/content resonates with people, the more times it is shared or commented upon. One example is an article entitled 30 Questions to Ask Before You Die.
“When I was growing up I always wanted to be someone. Now I realize I should have been more specific.” Lily Tomlin
I have to be honest, the title was off-putting. It is like the book 1,000 Place to See Before You Die. It just sounds so final and frankly, a little morbid. But I clicked on the link and was immediately captivated by the questions.
One such question is the title of this article “What kind of life makes you jealous?”
It isn’t so much that you are jealous of a certain person or possessions or location but rather the life as a whole. What does that life look like?
A local business coach offers a written exercise at the end of each year which requires the completion of a 25 Year Plan. That is pretty heavy duty – especially if you are over 50 and you think – gosh, I hope I live to see the end of this plan.
But there is hope. The 30 questions are a similar exercise – you ask yourself questions that once answered, you find you still have time to do something about.
“You must never doubt your ability to achieve anything, become anything, overcome anything and inspire everything.” Tasha Hoggatt
What does that life look like that you are jealous of:
- Where do you live?
- How do you spend your time?
- What is your passion?
- Who do you spend the most time with?
- What percentage of your day is spent on work and what percent on non-work related activities?
- What work would you be doing?
- What would you be doing in your spare time?
- How would you give back?
- How and who would you inspire?
- Assuming you are healthy, how do you stay that way?
The author of the article, Andrea Balt, gives us lots to think about. Here is another question that really makes you change the way you view your 30 second commercial:
What is your cosmic elevator pitch? Not your job description, not your professional bio, not your resume, not your About page. But if you got in an elevator on a spaceship that tours the galaxy and you could say anything you wanted about yourself, what would you tell your elevator mates? In short, who are you – raw, unedited, wild, ordinary and extraordinary you? What does it come down to? And why?
How would your personal commercial change given these parameters? How do you wish it would change?
It may sound corny, cliche or overused, but today really is the first day of the rest of your life. Will you spend it being jealous of someone else’s or do something about your own?