What would you do if you could spend all of your time doing anything you wanted? Anything at all?
Time is the most precious resource any of us have. We all have a finite amount of it and it steadily slips away whether we make good use of it or not.
Last time we talked about building a Place to Stand by creating freedom in the various aspects of your life. The purpose of that freedom is to provide you with the health, resources and mental clarity that will allow you to make the absolute best use of your time. Ideally ALL of your time.
Building your Place to Stand in and of itself will lead you to a happier, more peaceful, more comfortable life. However, for a Lever Builder, that foundation is only half of the equation for realizing your potential. Your Place to Stand is most valuable when it’s used as a place of strength from which to wield a Lever.
A Lever Builder’s Lever consists of three components that provide the leverage needed to make an extraordinary contribution in your home, community and beyond:
Everything starts with an idea. Whether it’s becoming a more effective parent or building a million dollar real estate portfolio you have to be able to see in your mind what you want to create in the real world.
Unfortunately, when an idea to do something great occurs to most people the thought process typically goes something like this: “I should (fill in worthwhile effort)” followed quickly by a mental list of excuses why (worthwhile effort) would never work.
When you have an idea, instead of making excuses because it sounds hard, uncomfortable or “out of your league,” give it a chance. Let yourself believe you are capable of much more than you think you are.
Take a few minutes to imagine how it would look and feel to have your idea become a reality. Imagine yourself having a life-changing conversation with a child, ending a keynote address to a thunderous applause, landing that first sale, autographing copies of your first book or watching people pull clean water from a well you helped build in their village.
Once you have a vision of something that you are willing to work for set some goals for yourself on on how you’ll make your vision a reality. It doesn’t matter if there are a lot of “TBDs” in your plan. The critical thing is to start working while you’re excited about it. As you start to make progress the details will come.
Your defined goals will provide the framework for determining what skills and relationships will be needed to build the Lever required for your success.
Figuring out the range of skill sets that will be needed to make your vision successful is one of the most important things you’ll need to do as you’re embarking on any new adventure. These skills will be entirely dependent on what it is you hope to accomplish.
Once you figure out what those skills are you’ll need to determine which skill set(s) you are interested in mastering yourself and which you would rather delegate to someone else.
These delegation decisions are where you really start to build some leverage into your Lever. By tapping into the skills and strengths of others you can accomplish much more than you ever could on your own.
Once you’ve decided which skills you’ll take personal responsibility for, dive into them. Read everything you can about those skills. Find others who can teach you how to do them and then start practicing those skills yourself. Experience is the best teacher of all and the sooner you start doing, the more quickly you’ll become a master.
Almost any worthwhile endeavor in life requires the help of other people. As such, the final component of your Lever will be the relationships you develop with others to help you accomplish your vision.
Even accomplishing personal goals gets easier when you enlist the help of friends, family and mentors to coach and encourage you in your journey.
Whether it’s parenting or starting an international charity organization, having good relationships with good people who will help you make your vision a reality becomes absolutely critical.
The relationships you need to develop will depend entirely on the scope and nature of your vision but could include mentors, partners, employees, volunteers, investors or even industrial or government leaders.
Whether they provide encouragement, training, capital, skills or value of any other kind, the people you engage with to help you make your vision a reality will be crucial components of your success.
The Golden Question
So, let’s return to where we started…what amazing things would you do if you could spend all your time however you wanted?
Before you answer that question understand a couple things.
First, the way you want to “move the earth” is likely to change over time so don’t feel like you have to figure out your “life’s mission” in order to start building your Lever. Enjoy the journey of discovery and see where it takes you.
Second, as I said in my first post, “moving the earth” is not limited to large scale, Nobel Prize worthy charitable efforts.
Moving the earth might be as simple as becoming a more influential parent to your own children and or as complex as starting an international outreach program that improves the lives of some of the millions of underprivileged people in the world.
You don’t have to know what your vision is right now. You may not even be in a position to start working on a Lever right now. If you have some serious work to do in establishing your Place to Stand then focus on that until you feel your life is ready for something more.
Tying it All Together
Over these first few posts I’ve tried to share the vision of what it means to be a Lever Builder.
You work to take control over a few key aspects of your own life that will provide you with the health, mindset, time and money to develop the vision, skills and relationships to do great things in your home, community and wherever else your desires may take you.
At the core it’s a simple concept. In practice it is an adventure that can begin today and last for the rest of your life.
There is the potential to do great things inside all of us. Tragically, very few of us take the time or make the effort to discover it.
Are you one of the few who is willing to dig deep and discover your true potential?
If so then I hope you will join me on this journey by subscribing to Lever Builders so that we can lock arms as we work to make a few big splashes in this adventure called life.
So, What will you do once you have all the time in the world to do whatever you want?