Being Fully Alive

I retired from my advertising company in January 2010, and immediately began a new career as a writer and speaker by penning the first of what will be many books—Selling Fearlessly: A Master Salesman’s Instructional Manual.  I’d been visualizing this “retirement” career for years.  I knew I wasn’t the kind of man to play games and simply sit around vegetating, being a lump of leisure; it just isn’t me.  “To thine own self be true,” Shakespeare said; smart fellow, the Bard.  I knew that if I didn’t have an outrageous challenge to sink my teeth into, I wouldn’t be fully alive, that I’d go stark raving mad.  I’ll go to my ashes reaching for ever higher plateaus of achievement—it’s like an elixir to me.

So that’s the topic I want to talk to you about today—being fully alive; it doesn’t matter if you’re “retired” like me (my wife laughs when I use that word, whether it has quotation marks around it or not) or still out there making calls and giving presentations.  A great quote from a woman—alas, I can’t attribute it to her because I don’t know her name—sums up the importance of the point: “If you don’t have a dream which is so outrageous that you couldn’t possibly succeed unless God Himself puts in a personal appearance, you’re not alive.”  That’s a grabber, isn’t it?

My purpose, my mission, if you will, is to help others achieve phenomenal success, be a catalyst to make their dreams come true, just like I’m doing for myself; be a positive influence so they’ll want to get out of bed at 5:00 A.M. as I do every morning like a kid who can’t wait to play with his new toys.  That’s the way it is for me now: I just can’t wait to start the day, write something, talk to someone who speaks the same “language” I do, be so fully alive it feels like I’m in love with everything I touch.  There’s nothing like it, my friends; it’s Magic!  It’s what your Creator wished for you when He gave you life.

Do you get it, or am I speaking Greek to you?  Are you willing to settle for a life of just going through the motions, a life of quiet desperation, like Thoreau said, or do you want to be fully alive?  Henry Miller said, “The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”  Are you Aware?  Do you get it?  The choice, as always, is yours.  You can sit around and watch the world sail by, see others achieve the great things you should be pursuing, or you can enter the arena and tackle a great Dream, start living the life your Creator had in mind for you—a life that burns bright as a heavenly star right up until you take your final breath.