Yesterday, I put up a video that refers to the belief that we are going to see some major changes in the world in the year 2012. Much of this speculation stems from Mayan calendar which says that 2012 is the end of the 23,000 year cycle. It is the time when we enter into the Aquarius phase on the Zodiac. How accurate any of this is anyone's guess.
Nevertheless, what if the prophecies are correct? What would it mean if the end of life as we knew it occurred on 12/21/12 (or some have it at the 23rd)? How would you live your life differently if you knew that was the end time? Would you alter you priorities? This really makes you wonder.
When I think with this mindset, I realize how much of what I do is of little impact. There is an old saying "in 100 years what will all this matter". The idea now can be changed to 4 years. If the forecasters are right, we have less than four years. After that, all bets are off.
This concept will cause two reactions in people. For some, it will be a motivator. They will take the approach, "I need to get going". At the other end of the spectrum, there are those who will feel this depressing while putting their "head in the sand". They will live their lives the same as they always did.
The truth of the matter is that we do not know if 12/21/12 is the end for us. Another fact is that some people reading these words at this moment will not be alive to see what happens on that date. Even if that is the end, there is no guarantee anyone of us will live to see it. It is important to remember that tomorrow is not a given but, rather, a gift.
Our mindset is crucial to the level of joy we experience. Those who have only a short period of time to live usually make an impact the last few months. They make every moment count. Those of us with "unlimited" time tend to waste it. We see this over and over. These people have the outlook "I will get to it tomorrow". Again, there is no guarantee that you will even get a tomorrow.
Typically, people get reflective when someone close to them dies. It seems a natural response to question the meaning of it all. Nevertheless, most return to their daily existence after a few days. Life goes on is the mantra. Sadly, they miss the entire lesson in the other person's death.
Life teaches us all we need to know to succeed. Lesson #1 is that there is no guarantee as to how long we will live. Most of us believe that we will have 70-80 years on this planet. I am sure John Travolta felt his son would have a similar experience. Tragically, he did not make it past 16 years of age. I am sure you had people in your life who "left too early". Learn the lesson that they presented you with.
There is no time to wait. Use the 4 years deadline to motivate yourself. Do all that you want within the next four years. Drive yourself to become the person that you want to be while experiencing all the joy and happiness that each moment offers. Use the next 1,444 (365 x 4 -16)days to the full advantage. Go after all that you desire because in 1450 days, none of it will matter. This is the mindset of a champion.
The most dangerous person is someone who has nothing to lose. We are all going to die at some point. And, everybody goes out on an equal footing. There is nothing on this planet that we get to take with us. Become that dangerous person by knowing that you cannot fail. Whatever the results are, in the long run they mean nothing. For the next 4 years, you are free to enjoy all that you can.
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Posted by Dennis Harting at Tuesday, January 06, 2009