The Mayan prophecies are correct; the world as we know it will change forever, but it won’t necessarily happen exactly on December 21st, 2012.
As you might have read on my wife’s guest post, we’re about to experience some major changes. Allow me to summarize. My wife is leaving her job at the end of January, we’re selling our house, and I’ll start an unpaid leave in March for 9 months as we travel the world.
The end of our world is imminent as we head out on a new adventure, and I’m still not sure how the Mayans predicted it so accurately! Soon I’ll give more details on why we decided to do this, how we can do it financially, and where we’ll go. We’re excited, nervous, intrigued, afraid, and incredibly lucky all at the same time.
However, it’s not luck that will allow us to do our round the world trip. As my fortune cookie from Friday said, “By working hard, you get to play hard guilt-free”.
You have a choice to make soon – should you commit to a New Year’s resolution? Let me throw this quote from Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement address at you –
“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
There’s so much wisdom in those two paragraphs, but the death of a person isn’t the only change agent. Habits, ways of living, and old routines can also die. You may be pushed into change by an external factor (job loss) or you can be the initiator of the change. Either way, the death of your normal routines oftentimes lead to incredible growth.
My wife also mentioned BREAK FREE (get used to seeing it in caps!). You’ll hear more about that next week. What about you, are the Mayans predicting your change as well?