Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it. – Ferriss Bueller
At the beginning of September, I woke up and realized my son was attending his first day of high school, my oldest daughter was attending her first day of middle school, my youngest was starting her last year of elementary school, I was days away from hitting the three year anniversary of starting my company full time, and I had been married for over fifteen years. Oh yeah, my joints hurt more than they did ten years ago also. I realized I was beginning to get old, and that feeling simply didn’t – and still doesn’t – work for me.
So I decided to accelerate the changes in my life that I had started upon in the spring. I’d been trying to eat better, and managed to somehow lose a few pounds in the process, but that was pretty much it. Nothing else had changed and that really bothered me.
See, when I retreated to Thailand in June for ten days, something happened: I saw the sights (gorgeous), met the people (kind and generous to a fault), experienced the tranquility of being in a timezone fourteen hours away from almost everyone that knew me, and generally decided that the life I’d been living wasn’t for me. I had a family that I rarely did anything with, my preferred daily activity was sleeping in and I’d managed to put the vast majority of my business on autopilot. I made a huge mental list of things I was going to change when I got back. Then I arrived home and promptly changed nothing.
A person should not believe in an “-ism,” he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, “I don’t believe in Beatles, I just believe in me.” – Ferriss Bueller
So, fast forward to that September morning when I woke up, swung my feet out of bed and decided to do everything I’d planned. A couple days into that, I said to myself “Jeremy, this is fun! We should do more things! We should do ALL the things!” Now that I’m fully in the middle of all the changes I implemented, hindsight is showing me that maybe I shouldn’t have done it all at once, but… eh, fuck it. To my knowledge, I’m only going to live once. So, looking back, what have I done in the past month?
- I’ve lost a ton of weight. I’m down 26 lbs from when I weighed myself in July, which translates to about 4″ off my waist somehow. This feels good. My joints ache less as well.
- Tried Couch to 5K. That didn’t end well for me as I ended up with shin splints in Week 1. I tabled it for September, kept walking and will be trying it again in October.
- Finalized a new service line that’s going live on October 1st.
- We’re launching a major marketing initiative on September 30th that will carry through the fourth quarter.
- Started another company that’s also going live October 1st.
- Realized I’m now running two companies and briefly wondered if I was insane.
- Decided to keep piling it on myself by transforming myself into soccer dad. I’m quite enjoying this so far.
- Started organizing the house. I’m currently working on my man cave, where I am consuming massive amounts of Sterilite storage boxes and label tape.
- I managed to attend, and actually focus on, all three curriculum nights for my children.
- Started attending events of any type almost every weekend. Tomorrow (Saturday) I already have ten hours of activities scheduled for example. This has been hectic at times but always amazing.
- Started planning for yet another new service line to go live on January 1st. It’s complementary to the service line we’re launching on October 1st, but I’m not sure if I could have picked a more complex service to launch and the technologies involved really aren’t my core competency.
- Began taking a conscious inventory of everything I consume and realized I’ve been putting a lot of crap in my body for a very, very long time. Now, I still put crap in my body, just not as much of it. I’m continuing to reduce the amount of crap I put in my body over time.
- I realized just how awesome I really am. Yes, I’m frequently cocky, sometimes arrogant, and occasionally ego-centric, but those things are part of what make me so awesome. I shall keep them.
The best part of all of this? I was preparing myself to crash and burn, but then I didn’t. Instead, a wonderful, magical, fantastic thing happened: I woke up Monday morning and realized I am truly enjoying everything I’m doing. Then decided to do more. In the past week I’ve taken up tea, started listening to 40+ minutes a day of educational podcasts, began studying the same things my children are (and realized just how much I’ve forgotten in the process), and started transitioning to actually being a leader.
I’m not sure what the coming months will bring, but I do know that it’s going to be one hell of a ride.