Last week I wrote about building something to look at. Something tangible. Something that you would see every day and get to admire and feel good about. Something beautiful to show off to yourself and the world, and I hope you took that advice and started a cool project. I’m working on a few tables for my mom and a new entertainment unit for the house.
This week I want to talk about building something bigger for the future.
What are you building for the future?
If you answered nothing then we have a problem because whether you know it or not you are building something. Every day your words, actions and attitude is building something. If your words are true, your actions sincere and your attitude is good then you are building a legacy from which you can build upon a great many things. You will have friends and acquaintances that like and admire you and want to not only be around you, but help you build great things in the future. This is your foundation that you have laid through days, hours, years of work “being you”.
It is only from this place that you can make great things happen.
Two things that are happening in my life right now that are building on the past work I have already laid down.
First, I am going to be a dad for the first time very soon and I am excited about building a great family with a great family culture devoted to learning, exploring, helping, building, fixing etc. I am excited about the prospect of creating and having a great many adventures to come. I read a great article on building a great family culture and this is one of the most exciting aspects of fatherhood and building a family for me. I want to take the work my wife and I have done with our upbringing, our education and building our marriage and leverage all of that into bringing a new addition into our family and creating an awesome family culture from that. Plus I get to play with Lego’s again and that is just awesome.
Second, I’m working on starting a new business venture up. I have tons of brilliant ideas that come and go, but I had a new one that is picking up momentum. I’ve been telling some old friends and co-workers and it has caught on to where they want to help me build it. Now again, if I was an asshole when working with these people they would have no interest in listening to my brilliant ideas let alone wanting to work with me to help me build them. So I am filled with gratitude to be surrounded by brilliant people who have connected to me and my idea and something may come out of that. That is very exciting and extremely rewarding for me. None of this would not have been possible if I had not laid the foundation for all of this years ago with my attitude, and effort that I put into creating this future today.
So what are you building for the future? What are you building today with your actions? What is your attitude steering you towards this very instant that you can build upon for something amazing in the future?
Build the foundation of something amazing today. Go out and be YOU in the best possible sense. Set your intentions toward good and let that attitude guide you in your actions as you interact with those around you. Be generous and helpful to all who you come across and you will be able to look back on this time and this work as the foundation of the great things you have built.
TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time. Take time this week to do this one simple thing.
- TSA#1 - Help out a Stranger
- TSA#2 - Get organized part 1 – Clear your space to clear your head
- TSA#3 - Watch what you are watching
- TSA#4 - Count Yourself Blessed
- TSA#5 - Why Diet’s Don’t Work
- TSA#6 - Just a Little Bit
- TSA#7 - Just Wash the Dishes
- TSA#8 -Tell Someone You Love Them
- TSA#9 - You aren’t doing anything good, just everything awful.
- TSA#10 - Epic Fail
- TSA#11 - 3 Simple Ways to Stay Motivated
- TSA#12 - 5 Ways to Simplify Your Email
- TSA#13 - Just Clean up One Area
- TSA#14 - Do Too Much
- TSA#15 - Slow the F*#! Down Ben
- TSA#16 - Buy Experiences, Not Stuff
- TSA#17 - Keep in Contact
- TSA#18 - Be Nice
- TSA#19 - If you can’t get out of it, get into it
- TSA#20 - Should = Do It