Searching for success has always been a focus of mine. Even as a child, I would live my life years ahead, dreaming of the days of my future.
I look at my kids today and remember myself at that age spending hours and hours sketching scenes of what my life would one day become. Fast cars and speed boats dominated my “gallery”.
I lived in a loft bedroom that my dad and I finished in the attic together when I was 11. The “gallery” were the walls of the closet housing the pull-down attic stairs which were only used when we needed to access the attic with anything larger than would fit up the small hatch and ladder that was my daily entrance. Many of those pencil sketched dreamscapes remain pinned to those “gallery” walls today, yellow and stained with age.
When Annmarie and I launched our small firm in 1999, I had big dreams then as well. I have previously shared on the podcast my past plans to grow Fivecat Studio to a national brand of residential design and construction, and here at Entrepreneur Architect, my mission to become an influential force in the profession for all small firm architects. I have never had a problem thinking big and working to pursue my goals.
Living in the present though has always been much more difficult. To this very moment, I struggle with living each day; experiencing life as it is happening. I still work and work… and work, and wait for my future to arrive.
Another year is coming to an end. A new year is only weeks away.
My kids are growing up. My parents are growing older. Every day my future is getting incrementally smaller.
The year 2015 will be my best year ever.
Starting on this day, today, and not waiting for my future to arrive, my focus is to live my life with more intention. Experience life moment by moment, choosing each day, to live a life worth living. I will continue to pursue my passions, but I will live the life that I am truly meant to live.
Do you struggle with these same challenges?
In the coming weeks, I will share more specifics on what I am planning and how you too may have YOUR best year ever.