Hello my friends,
Unless you’re living on another planet,you know that this week adventurer Felix Baumgartner did something that no one had ever done before. He jumped from an altitude of 128,100 feet, broke the sound barrier by reaching 833.9 mph, all without the benefit of an airplane or spaceship. That, my friends, is living the high life! This was hardly a death defying stunt by a publicity hungry fool. It was five years in the planning, well-funded and flawlessly executed. It is also the realization of a Wildly Important Goal for Felix and other members of the team.Also last weekend, I went whitewater rafting with my sons on West Virginia’s Upper Gauley River, one of the best stretches of white water in the world. CNN was not there, 8 million people did not watch us on YouTube (as they did with Felix!), but it was exciting, a bit risky and a whole lot of fun! I am also closing in on the first draft of my first full book, currently titled Ascend. I will finish the book this month and find a publisher. Period.
These have both been goals for over five years – there is no greater feeling than when a goal is accomplished. When we set goals and write them down, we document our feelings and our need to make changes in our lives. When when we don’t change, we stop growing. Nature teaches us that when we stop growing, we stop living. I remember the scene from Braveheart when William Wallace is told that the King of England has sentenced him to die.
Every man dies. Not every man really lives.
– William Wallace
That line still gives me goosebumps when I hear it, read it or see it. I am not suggesting that you must perform some death-defying feat, cure cancer or become famous to have really lived. I am saying that life is more interesting, more fulfilling, more purposeful and yes, way more fun, when we are pursuing Wildly Important Goals. Soooo, what is your WIG? If you can’t answer instantly, you don’t have a WIG! Get one ASAP.We all know that growth happens outside the comfort zone. So put your WIG on, uncomfortable or not, and get moving!
All the best,
By the way, I don’t charge extra for typos. They are my gift to you.