What, me retire?
Right now at 75, I’m planning the next 25 years of my life.
Do you have a plan for your life?
A plan for this week, this month or this year? Or maybe the next five years? How about the next 25 years?
Few people take the time to plan their life and then they wonder why things seem to happen so erratically.
Masayoshi Son, the billionaire founder and CEO of Japan’s telecommunications giant, SoftBank Group, has a 300-year plan for his company. Imagine that!
At our In-Tuition & Freedom retreats, we teach the importance of planning for the future. Setting goals if you will.
I first learnt the importance of setting goals in 1975. Being charged with creating a budget that forecasted projected income for the following year was a real chore.
We had over 400 products and I painstakingly looked at the trend for each one to come up with my budget. Invariably the Board would add at least 10% to it before approval.
What I came to realise was that this was a form of goal setting and with due diligence, out team always surpassed budget.
Of course we all set minor goals every day. Things like getting to a certain place by a certain time, to exercise, eating etc.
But it’s a rare person that sets long range meaningful goals. All successful people do, yet most people give up their power and let someone else determine their direction for them.
You see, unless and until you set goals, you will be like a ‘lost fart in a thunderstorm’ as my father would say.
The Roman philosopher Seneca had a more polite way of saying it: ‘No wind is the right wind unless you have a port to sail to’.
In other words, you won’t recognise opportunities if you don’t have a reason to use them – a goal that they might help fulfil for example.
And many people who do set goals wait until 1st January to set ‘New Year’s Resolutions’. Less than 10% of these resolutions are achieved :-(((
Then they set the same resolutions next year with the same result!
So what’s the deal? Well, few people write their goals down for a start. And those that do, don’t have a system for achieving them. I want to change that.
This and future posts will point you in the right direction.
One of the first things I’m planning is a small, no charge, support group. Limited to 12 participants.
It will be a closed Facebook group that will inspire and support each participant to be accountable for the decisions they make. The goals they set if you like.
To me a goal is nothing more than a decision about being, doing or having something that you want, with a date for completion on it.
I’ll be sharing with the group my system for achieving goals. It’s so easy, free and anyone with a computer can do it.
Once this pilot group gets off the ground it will be easy to duplicate. Each member of the pilot group can start a new one with friends and family. Win/win all around.
I just love the thought of peace, harmony and abundance going viral around the world.
So if you’d like to be in the first group subscribe below and you’ll be on the waiting list.
Let’s talk more about goals.
Back in the 70s, I was teaching my sales team to use the SMART acronym when setting goals. It stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant & Time-based.
Each aspect is important, but for me the ‘Relevant’ part is crucial. If your goal doesn’t fit in with your passion and your values, you just won’t work towards it.
These days I prefer to use the ‘End Goals’ system as espoused by Vishen Lakhiani of Mindvalley. In it goals fit into three areas:
1. What do I want to contribute?
2. What do I want to experience?
3. How do I want to grow?
Here’s a link to a 12-minute video where he explains how it works:
End goals by Vishen Lakhiani
So, what’s in the next twenty-five years for Inner Peace?
To be able to answer that, one has to look at trends to see where technology might take us. Just look back twenty years and you’ll notice huge changes.
In 1997 the internet was in its infancy. There were no smartphones or tablets. Back in the dark ages as our teenage grandkids would say.
In 1976 I got my first computer and others were amazed. “You’ve got a computer, what are you going to do with that?” they would say.
I could see then that computers were the future. Now everyone carries one in their pocket or on their wrist!
The internet is certainly linked to the future in a big way. So instead of face to face courses, Inner Peace courses will be presented online.
Our Course in Wellbeing is still unique in that it teaches many different styles of meditation. Most meditation centres teach just one style and that one may not be right for you.
We are converting it to a self-paced online course and will be giving it to those who have already done the course as a refresher. Shoot me an email if you qualify.
I’m in the process of doing video presentations for the course and have set a goal to have it and this website completed by 30th June.
One thing that won’t change in the future is the basis of health. More about that in my next post.
In closing, let me share the words of Patanjali written over 2000 years ago:
When you are inspired by some great purpose,
Some extraordinary project,
all your thoughts break their bonds.
Your mind transcends limitations,
your consciousness expands in every direction,
and you find yourself in a new, great,
and wonderful world.
Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive,
and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far
than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
Patanjali, Yoga Sutras
Ca. 250 B.C.E
Until next time,