Apparently the world is going to end this year, on the 21st of December to be precise. Even if it does, and I have my doubts, that still leaves us almost 12 months to do something remarkable with the time we have left. You could argue that there’s no point in wasting time creating something of value when it’s only going to be destroyed by some random cataclysmic event, but what if your efforts made a real difference in the life of just one person?
I don’t buy into the theory that life as we know it will be no more come December, but even if I did I think I’d still opt to have one last go at leaving behind a legacy. Rendering myself comatose from watching too many Dallas reruns isn’t my idea of a good time; I think Seth Godin’s challenge to start a movement is far more exciting.
Leading the charge isn’t for everyone, but that doesn’t mean we have to aspire to mediocrity. It’s not a case of either or, rather it’s about showing up moment to moment to moment as the best possible version of you, while at the same time doing your level best to make a difference in a whatever way works for you.
Decide on what it is you want to get out of 2012, and then go after it in the same way a man whose hair is on fire goes after water. Because as much as work is about paying the bills and keeping the fridge stocked, it should also be about having fun and being creative.
In Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, T. Harv Ekker encourages us to rate the product or service we are currently offering (or are planning to offer) from 1 to 10 in terms of how much we believe in its value. If the result is 7-9, he says we need to revise the product or service to increase the value. And if the result is below 6, the suggestion is that we stop offering whatever it is we’re currently offering and start representing something we truly believe in.
I encourage you to make 2012 memorable for more than just the year the world almost ended.