Birthday Thoughts

I wanted to share a few brief thoughts about turning 40. First, here are two of my favorite quotes.

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” -Socrates

“An unplanned life is not worth examining, for an unplanned life is one in which we do not know what we are trying to do or why, and one in which we do not know where we are trying to get or how to get there.” –Aristotle

Birthdays are a great time to reflect, reassess and reboot. This certainly has been true for me. Thinking about and diligently planning the next season of your life is critical to having an internal sense of joy, peace, happiness and fulfillment. As you examine your life – your joys and accomplishments, successes and failures, there are a few questions you must ask yourself. There are certainly other variations to these questions. But I believe you must ask yourself these questions regularly and review them often. This becomes your own personal GPS for your life. Actually write them down and this becomes simply magical.

Here they are:

1. What does ‘freedom’ mean to me? I’ve come to believe that next to asking, “who is God and what is his will for my  life?”, this is one of the most important and profoundly existential questions a person can ask themselves. If you don’t ask and answer this question for yourself, others will answer it for you 100% of the time. It is practically a law of nature that this vacuum will be filled by your or someone else, but it will be filled. Answering this question for yourself will help you live your dreams. Thanks Adam Baker from Man vs Debt for this one!

2. Have I become who I set out to be? Are my relationships, health, lifestyle and finances what I always imagined they could be?

3. Have I done what I set out to do with my life?

4. Have I made the world better because I was here?

5. What actions will I take TODAY to become the best possible version of myself?

Thoughts are things, so be careful what you think about and wish for…you might just get it.

Be blessed fam,



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