Today I was sitting in one of my favorite Starbucks working on the new coaching program for 2012. While sitting here I got to talking with the person who was seated at the table next to me. We talked about what we do for a living. I’m telling him about writing this program for self-help and how I speak to inspire and motivate people. The first thing that he remembered was Matt Fowley, and he asked, “Do you live in a van by the river?” If you have never seen those sketches of Chris Farley doing the motivational speaker, I encourage you to go to YouTube and look them up. I watched a few yesterday and noticed how hard David Spade was trying in those sketches to keep from laughing at Chris Farley. The comedy of Chris Farley was just so funny.
This week as we went through a great theme of the grass is greenest on the side you water most, it got me to thinking of Matt Fowley. In all those sketches he would tell everyone their life was going to be so bad and they were going to end up living in a van down by the river. It is so hard for us to see the green grass at the point we are standing. We are always looking at what is wrong. Funny, have you noticed how you tell your kids how bad it’s going to be?
The great key to life is we all have to start from somewhere, and old Matt started from somewhere but ran his life in a bad cycle that ended up with him living in the van down by the river. Think about this when you are starting over. First ask yourself, “Do you know what you’ve got?” While looking up web names for upcoming programs today, I thought hard about how at one time this concept of Rocker Life Coach was unknown. The web name, the programs, the ideas, they were nothing but an idea in my head. Just like Facebook was an idea in Mark Zukerburg’s head. Like the iPad, iPhone, and iPod were ideas inside Steve Jobs’ head.
I started this just like they started their dreams. What we had were the tools inside ourselves to start the dream that the world now sees. Yes, we all want that instant idea to just pop up and we can take a deep breath and say “Success!” Well they all take work, just like this week’s concept of green grass. To make your grass green in your lawn of life you have to water it. Imagine all those people who have built great Farmville, and FarmTown game farms on the web. They all started with a small square of nothing, planted some seeds and let them grow.
So let’s take this week and look at your life. Do you want to make your life better? Are you sick of looking at your neighbor’s life and thinking his world is much better than yours? Let’s start with a plan and get there. 2011 is a little more than three-quarters of the way gone, but you can plan for 2012. Start by knowing what you’ve got now and start planning the next year. This does not mean that you give up on your goals this year; finish those you know you can. But if you already see you are not set up to finish them this year, start planning for 2012.
For five years of my life I planned to start an investment company. I wrote my goals every year. Each year, my plan was to buy two houses that year. It took five years to get set up for that. The year it happened was the year I noticed the tools that I didn’t have, and what I needed to get to make it happen. What tools are you missing that you could get in three months to start achieving that goal next year?
As we close this week out, make a promise to yourself that you will start planning ahead. No more waiting till it’s too late. Promise yourself you know what you’ve got inside you that is a dream and get a plan to make the dream work. If you want the dream to work, make not just one plan, but five or ten plans to make it work. Hire a coach to get those plans in action. If you cannot afford a coach, then find a coaching program that will work for you to achieve the dreams and goals you want in life.
Stop looking at what others are doing and talking about how they have a good idea. Stop the words from coming out of your mouth that say, “I could have come up with that.” If you had an idea and someone else did it, come up with a better idea close to it, or find a new idea. If you thought of one way, you have the mind to create another way. Don’t let the dream die. It’s time for you to live a life with green grass under your own feet. After all, if you don’t, it just may be the end of the world (if you listen to Family Radio).
I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time for you to live the life you have been dreaming of, to love what you do and those who you spend life with. Start with what you got to become the RockStar in your world.