My parents had an old Mercury station wagon when I was growing up.
Its red vinyl seats magnified the weather: The cold of winter perma-frosted through my polyester school pants; the heat of summer seared my bare legs after a day at the pool. But, no matter the season, the wagon faithfully lugged around my parents, six kids and one dog.
Sitting four across the middle seat meant for three, I’d lean forward to get more air, a better view and the chance to hear what my parents were discussing. One such time, during a lull, I asked my dad how he knew where he was going.
Dad – a wonderful man and frequent kidder – pointed to the hood ornament and said, “All I have to do is point that gadget towards where I want to go and follow it. The hardest part is keeping up!”
I nodded my head, leaned back and rejoined my siblings in the middle row. I spent the next several years convinced a driver’s sole responsibility was keeping up with the hood ornament!
There is unlikely wisdom in my dad’s joke. Let me explain.
When we clearly set a target before us, steadfastly moving closer to it with each passing moment – regardless of the twists and turns of life – it’s amazing to see the progress that can be made.
Each year I get better at goal-setting. The last 12 months have provided proof of their importance in my life. From my #1 national bestselling book ON FIRE to growth as a family, I’ve been blessed by setting goals and pursuing them passionately.
I did learn, however, that just as important as “setting your hood ornament” is filling your car with people that reflect “who you want to be and how you want to feel.”
After ON FIRE was published, our Live Inspired community swelled and deserved ongoing inspiration beyond the confines of a written page. We identified the Live Inspired Podcast as the solution as it allowed us to interview special guests on success, failure, lessons, and life so that we could learn, wake up from accidental living and live inspired lives together.
It was nerve-racking to jump into something new, but soon I realized I was literally already surrounded by all of my guests. Over the years, their energies had been contagious and shaped me into a podcaster without my even knowing it!
There was the time my wife, Beth, loved a book, recommended it to me and I read it and fell in love with it too. The author? Rachel Macy Stafford of The Hands Free Revolution who joined me on episode 009.
Or how about in 2012 when I spoke at an association meeting and after, met a member who introduced me to the president of his company, Brian Buffini. Brian invited me to speak at his conference. We stayed in touch, grew as friends and when I came to a crossroads in my business, he flew me to San Diego to visit for a day, clarify what I was trying to do and how best to get there. This transformative day led to the Live Inspired movement and ON FIRE. Brian also happened to be my guest on episode 001.
Similar stories kick off every episode. It’s been my honor to introduce you to these friends so their energies continue to inspire our community; through each of you.
With a clear goal and amazing people, we were destined for 5-star reviews (leave yours here) and being listed #18 on iTunes, business. This measurable success is nice, but the real gift comes from knowing how to have continued success:
- Set and follow the hood ornament.
- Fill your car with people that reflect who you want to become.
My friend, follow these two steps and you will be on the path to live inspired this year. Thanks for being part of my Live Inspired community.
Now, buckle up because Live Inspired Podcast Season 2 – and the best of your life – is yet to come!
This is your day. Live Inspired.
Who was your favorite guest or what was your favorite takeaway from Season 1? Share it in the comments below. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!