Create a Future Worth Living

by Bill Gough, Allstate Hall of Fame Member

With the new year approaching, it makes sense to ask yourself, "how will 2019 year be any different?"

I am not talking about making a few new year's resolutions. You know, the ones made with a huge amount of excitement, kept for only a few days or weeks with that excitement, and then forgotten about.

I am talking about learning from all the time of coming up to this occasion and doing some major "spring cleaning".

Ask yourself two questions.

  1. What has worked?
  2. What is still working?

Keep all those resources that have worked, still working and grow with their existence.

Then there is the rest. You know, all those things that could be just a little bit better?

I see people all the time who want to make changes in their lives. I see them evaluate their options with a somewhat short-sighted tactic. Now, it is tempting to choose among opportunities which are available today, the ones right in front of us.

But, how about creating the opportunities you would like to be choosing from? That’s where the fun is at!

You’re probably asking yourself, “How can that be done”?

Well, it can’t, unless there is a very clear image of what you want to achieve.

In other words, let’s say there are no limits. Now, ask yourself, "what would I want to see in my life if I had all the talent in the world and if there were no obstacles to stop me?"
Pick up a sheet of paper and start writing. No need to be practical here. Just start writing and list as many specifics as you can think of.

  • What kind of people are in your life?
  • What kind of things do you do in your daily life?
  • What kind of responsibilities do you have in your work?
  • What kind of contribution are you making in your world?
  • What places do you get to travel to?

Have at least 50-100 things on your list. Whether you keep this list where you can see it or throw it away is completely up to you. But, either way, your subconscious will now start working on your behalf.