Live Life By Design

Confident people live life by design not by default!

Let me ask you, “How important is it to you to maximize the remaining days of your life?”

If you would have asked me this question when I was 16, I would have replied, “I don’t care about the rest of my life! I care about today! I’m going to live by my favorite song by Prince, I’m going to Party Like It’s 1999!

However, the more grey hairs that appear, and the older I become, my answer to this question is now, “It’s very, very important to me to maximize the remaining the days of my life.” Do you feel the same way? If so, I will share with you a proven process to achieving your desires and lifelong dreams.

At the age of 23, I wrote down all of my lifelong dreams and goals on a yellow notepad. By the time I was 38, something great but also tragic happened to me, I actually achieved all of my lifelong dreams and goals.

What do you do when you’re 38 and have already accomplished your goals? My dream of being married and living in a beautiful gated community had come true. My dream of having a book published and distributed in every major bookstore had come true. The dream of having a yellow corvette convertible had become a reality. The dream of having my calendar full of scheduled speaking events and television interviews worldwide had come true. My dream of traveling the world had also come true. In the eyes of most people I had become a success.

The Mental Fog

I spent the next two years of my life in a mental fog wondering what to do with the rest of my life. I asked myself, Where am I going? What am I going to do? What is the plan for our organization? Do I want to spend the rest of my life doing what I am doing?

Have you ever asked yourself these types of questions about your own life, business, or organization?

I was in a state of confusion. I have always been a very focused and motivated person; however, my passion and energy levels where dropping. I stopped writing and I spent less and less time going to the office. I found myself just going through the motions of my daily routine; I had lost my inner fire.

This is the mental condition I was in before I met my mentor and now good friend Bobb Biehl. Bobb is a consultant who has provided services for over 3,000 high-level executives over the past 30 years. I will never forget my first consulting session with Bobb. I explained how I was feeling. His reply was quite life changing for me. He said, “Keith, you have a lot of situational confidence—after all, you are an author and international speaker—but it seems as though you lost your life confidence.”

I thought to myself, Life confidence? What? I had studied the subject of confidence at least one hour a day for more than five years. I had told thousands of people on platforms and on major television stations that I knew more about confidence than anybody in the world. I had personally read over 100 books on the subject, but I had never heard anybody talk or teach about the life confidence that Bobb mentioned.

After thinking for a moment, I asked Bobb, “I have never heard of the term ‘Life Confidence,’ will you please explain?” Bobb said, “Life confidence is having a crystal clear focus of where you are going in your future and the action steps you need to accomplish your dreams and goals. Lifelong direction produces lifelong confidence. Keith, if you do not accomplish anything else this year, I want you to spend the rest of this year clarifying your life purpose, dreams for the future, the goals you want to set, and a detailed action plan.” The result of implementing the confidence solutions you have been reading in this book is LIFE CONFIDENCE.

Step Into Your Future With Life Confidence!

The world makes a way for the man who knows where he is going. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

You must see where you are going in your future before it arrives. Knowing where you are going in life produces confidence solutions. You are on a journey toward your destiny. You are traveling down the road to the place of sweet success. The most important thing to a traveler is direction. You must know where you are going.

I speak to more than 200 audiences a year. I have been to some places several times. When I leave my home to go on these trips, I always leave with a sense of security and confidence because I know where I am going. I am familiar with the airports, the baggage claim areas, the rental car check-in facilities, the directions to the hotel and to the speaking engagement facility. The moment I leave my house, I know what my day will be like, and I am confident that I will make it to my destination with ease.

However, when I have to travel to a location that I have never been to before or to a place I don’t know, all kinds of insecurities start to surface. Why do these feelings surface? Because I am going somewhere I have never been before. I am not sure of my destination. I do not know where I am going.

If you do not know where you are going, how will you know when you arrive at your destination?

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision.

You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet. —Theodore Hesburgh, former president of Notre Dame University for 35 years

Overcoming Fear

As I have said throughout this book, I have learned that fear expresses itself in many ways. The most common fear is indecisiveness and the only solution to indecisiveness is clarity. There will always be unknowns, but indecisiveness magnifies fear and doubt. However, fear and doubt magically disappear once there is firm resolve to create a strategic plan for your future irrespective of obstacles you are currently facing. When your destiny and dreams for the future become crystal clear, you have attained unstoppable LIFE CONFIDENCE.

Action Steps:

  • Take time to write out a new and fresh strategic plan for your life. Consider hiring a coach or consultant to help you. I spend a full day helping leaders get crystal clear about their dreams for the future. Reply to this email if you are interested in getting more information.
  • Visit my home page and learn more about building your confidence at: KeithJohnson.tv
  • You can also hire one of my coaches at: DestinyCoachingGroup.com
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