…and Will Be Remembered Tomorrow
Hello friends. Here is the second guest blog post and I trust you will also enjoy this one. I came to know this gentleman through Author Academy Elite and from listening to him talk on our conference calls and the way he was asking questions about his book, I had to connect with him. He lives in California and is an incredible leader and individual. He has a strong business background in key leadership roles and recently published a book, which I will let him tell you about. You are in for a treat. Jim focuses on Leadership and I thought it was appropriate to have him share with you his words, so you can cross your finish line having sustained achievement and becoming the best version of you. Enjoy my friend’s guest blog post by Jim Akers.
A little boy was attending church with his parents. His eyes were fixed on the pastor as he aroused the congregation’s imagination and hope for the future. Everyone around him was moved by the pastor’s vision and conviction. They were captivated and began adding “Amen’s” every time the pastor paused.
Now having captured the full attention of the congregation the pastor posed the big question, “How many of you want to go to heaven?” Every hand shot up except for the little boy’s. Sitting in the front row the pastor couldn’t miss him. He looked at the little boy and asked, “Young man don’t you want to go to heaven?”
The little boy looked back and replied, “Yes sir! I want to go to heaven. But I thought you were getting up a group to go right now.”
I’m sure you have felt it. We all have! The prompting that rises from the seed planted within us that pushes us to ask, “Will my life matter—will what I do and how I live have an impact on the people I love, the teams I lead and the causes that stir my heart?”
This is our challenge. This is the race we call life. A race that is best lived by looking back from our imagined finish line.
Elie Wiesel, in his best-selling book Souls on Fire, captures the view of the finish line well when he writes, “When we die and go to Heaven and we meet our Maker, we are not going to be asked why did you not become a messiah, why did you not discover a cure for such and such. The only thing you are going to be asked at that precious moment is, ‘Why did you not become you?’”
The race of life is all about impact. Picking, running, and breaking the tape in races that positively change lives. You have been created to fulfill a great purpose. No one has your unique place in history to positively impact the people you love, the teams you lead, and the causes that stir your heart. No one! Becoming you is born, nurtured and completed in the pursuit of pouring your heart and soul into creating positive impact every day in the lives of people who need your love and care.
“God has given us two incredible things; absolutely awesome ability and freedom of choice. The tragedy is that, for the most part, many of us have refused them both.”
— Frank Donnelly
Everyone writes a story with his or her race. (My current story) At the finish line, our life will be the story of “the dash”. That little “—“ that appears between the year we were born and the year we cross the finish line.
Tape Breakers is about making your “—“ count. It lays out a race plan and strategy to help you write a story bold enough and big enough to change lives, inspire hearts, and unlock possibilities.
The race of life has a way of absorbing us into its natural and inevitable progression to the finish line. Life quickly picks up momentum and in what seems like the blink of an eye, once too young becomes now too old.
But the question at the finish line will remain the same,
“Why didn’t you become you?”
Tape Breakers begins with a very personal story about my dad. Preparing for his funeral and looking back on a life littered with tragedy and devastating heartbreak, I uncovered and came to understand what it means to run a race committed to making an impact.
How did he even get started? Why didn’t he quit? Where did he gain the strength to persevere and accelerate? I had never stepped back to think about the view from the final finish line. When you stand on the finish line and look backwards you begin to realize your desire for a great legacy runs deep.
- Identify and focus on achieving success that can’t be lost or taken away.
- Avoid the trap that will rob you of vital time, energy and resources.
- Increase your impact on and influence with the most important people in your life.
- Surround yourself with the people and resources that high achievers use to stay focused on running the races that give you the greatest opportunity for impact and influence.
- Employ effective tools and ways of thinking to get back on track when you are feeling empty, frustrated and disillusioned.
Tape Breakers is a race plan for creating and sustaining impact—living a life that matters today and will be remembered tomorrow.
As a reader of Cardiff’s blog, I know you have a heart for people and great ambition to create and sustain impact. I’d love offer you an additional resource. You can follow me at jimdakers.com and get at daily dose of encouraging impact at impactfulnotes.com.
See you at the finish line!