Zig Ziglar had a saying that the reason we’re never at peace or satisfied is that we’re always “traveling. “
When we’re at work, we’re thinking of the things we should be doing for our family or friends.
When we’re with our family and friends, we’re thinking of what we should be doing at work.
We’re never present in the moment — we’re always “traveling.”
We talk to a lot of very successful business owners and they are typically some serious travelers. The interesting thing is that they don’t see themselves that way.
Are You Chained to Your Business?
While they enjoy their work and their lifestyle, almost to a person they feel chained to their business.
Some part of their mind is always on the business. They’re always traveling back to the office.
Is there anything that you can do about it?
What Can I do About It?
First, let’s accept the fact that, as an owner, you’re going to be traveling. There’s no getting around it.
And it’s OK! But, since you’re going to be traveling anyway, the best thing to do is to be clear on your destination.
When was the last time you reflected on this question, “Where do you want to be in 20 years?” This is more than what are your goals for this year. It’s more than your three-year or five-year goals. It’s what are you expecting to do after your business career?
Pause and Reflect
When was the last time you really focused on that?
While it should be blatantly obvious, the answer to this is supremely important. The answer is important. However, in order to answer it, we must fully understand the depth of the question. This is way more than our immediate goals. This is what are we doing and being “next?” Because there is a “next”. Everyone’s answer to this is unique to them, so let me tell you some destinations that don’t typically work:
- Playing golf or tennis everyday with your friends
- Settling into our lake house and taking life easy
- Fill in the blank
Will Any of These Work for Me?
Think about it.
You’ve been going fast and furious your entire career.
Building your business, juggling not only your balls, but everyone else’s. Spinning more plates than anyone could imagine. It is and has been an exciting life.
Now you’re just going to stop? Step out of that race car and go sit on a golf cart? Or fishing boat?
Not for long you won’t.
There’s been purpose in your life up until this moment. What’s going to be your purpose in the next phase of your life? If you don’t know or you’ve been thinking along the way of the things I’ve listed, let me challenge you to rethink it!
We’re going to be talking about this over the next few months. We call it your “third act.” Come along with us and let’s figure this out together.
When you slow down long enough from your “travels” take a moment to take this quiz to help assess what’s next.
*Photos courtesy of Upsplash photographers Kaley Dykstra and Joshua Ness