I have a dream to help South Africa.
I have a dream to inspire people to discover what it feels like to live with passion.
I have a dream for love to fill people’s lives in spite of what life throws at them.
What is your greatest dream for your life?
Next year I’ve decided to climb Table mountain every day . That’s 365 ascents come rain, shine, heat, snow, hail or wind.
The route I will take up each day – Platteklip Gorge
The idea was inspired by three main things:
1. Recently retrenched I, with no desire to head back into corporate, have no time restrictions any more.
2. I’ve been raising money and awareness for worthy causes actively for the past four years now and I want to do it every day.
3. I was introduced to a woman a month ago who’s climbing Table Mountain 67 days in a row for Nelson Mandela day.
On the 22nd June 2017 my idea was born as I drove past Table Mountain.
It’s a spectacular sight. It’s even more of a privilege to live in it’s protective shadow. What an honour it will be to face it daily and be tested.
I’m already learning lessons and I haven’t even taken my first step.
I’m raising money and awareness for three organisations that build homes; educate children and build on the existing database for Leukemia. Empowering people to take ownership of their lives.
I resonate with people that have taken tragedies and turned them into positives; improve peoples lives by not just giving handouts – but teaching them to become self sufficient. There are initiatives I’ve recently heard about in our townships I’m excited to learn more about and work with. I’ll keep you posted on who the twelve organisations will be.
Where do ideas come from?
I’ve been thinking a lot about this and how some people have amazing ideas that launch companies or products that change the world. Internet, flight, Virgin, medicine, take your pick there’s tons. These were all just thoughts in someone’s head that they then materialised.
I remember a colleague at The Pro Shop (a golfing sports store) constantly walking around proclaiming “all you need is ONE idea… ONE IDEA!!”
They don’t even have to be complex – like this one.
Just do one thing consistently for a full year.
I’m 37 now and I have no doubt that my life experiences (good and bad) and beliefs have shaped what, is for me, this perfect opportunity to do all the things I love.
This statement rings truer than ever now:
When the voice and the vision on the inside is more profound, and more clear than all the opinions on the outside, you’ve begun to master your life. ~Dr John Demartini
The view from my 3 Peaks Challenge January 2016 (Lions head / Devils Peak / Table Mountain all in one day)
Last week I talked about ‘what defines your self worth’ and that plays a big part in this too. How many times have you had an idea, shared it, and been shot down by someone? Most likely you suddenly lost your shine and the idea started to fade. Ag it probably isn’t a good idea anyway —We’ve all told ourselves that.
We allow others fears; their anxieties and their way of living to become our own – and it will cripple you if you keep allowing it. That’s why its important to surround yourself with people that continue to inspire you and share your passion and enthusiasm for life and support your dreams. Not their version of them – but your dreams; whatever they may be.
There’s no right or wrong way really; there’s just your way.
It’s like someone telling you who you should date based on what their own criteria is. You wouldn’t do that, would you?
The converse is just as important; it’s not just about how you are supported – but how you support others.
This idea opened a door to a new way of thinking. I stood on the balcony of my friends holiday home this past weekend enjoying the sunset. Surrounded by his best people for his 30th celebration, I took a moment to watch it alone. As if one of the mighty waves in front crashed over me; I realised all the work we put into ourselves – physically, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually – eventually pays off. It’s like making a cake, it only tastes great when it’s finished – not when you’ve mixed half the ingredients.
Impatience is our false shepherd. We want results now and the “success” of having our dream job or home. We lose sight of the fact that all our perceived failures and disappointments are helping shape who we are; that we’re learning from them.
I’m one of the lucky ones – I absolutely love my life and have pursued it with gusto and relentless passion. I’ve dreamt big; still dreaming big! I’ve learnt to forget about worrying ‘how’ something will happen and just keep moving forward and try new things and explore. Even through the difficult times. In fact it’s in these times I’ve come to realise how we don’t need much to be happy either. My measurement of success has been how much I’m fulfilled and the positive impact I can make in others lives. In fact, I prescribe to the new definition of a millionaire:
The number of lives you’ve positively impacted.
Let’s change the World.
Our actions always have consequences. Just look at some of the pain being experienced right now. People are dying of starvation and yet half the worlds food is thrown away? We’ve ignored the negative consequences and now profit is more important than people.
What is your dream at the moment?
Do you feel you’re doing whatever you can to achieve it? Even discover it?
Does your soul feel like it’s on fire when you think about your dreams?
What’s stopping you?
I think we believe we have to do massive things once to achieve our dreams; I, in fact, think the opposite is true.
We need to do little things consistently every day – and the cumulative actions generate massive success.