It’s interesting to reflect on the past sometimes, though I have to be careful not to get stuck there. As we close the door on 2009, I’m thinking not so much about the events of the past year, but of the past 10 years.
And that leads me to cast a vision for the next 10 years.
Ten years ago today was December 31st, 1999. Bill Clinton was still president, and we were gearing up for an election in November 2000 that none of us could have predicted. Y2K was all the rage as we prepared for the world to end (it didn’t, and probably won’t in 2012 either).
Me, I was a First Lieutenant in the US Air Force working as a computer systems manager at Offutt AFB outside of Omaha, Nebraska. I think I remember having the day off, but had to report to the office a few hours before midnight…just in case everything in the world went wrong and Y2K happened. Half an hour after midnight we locked the doors and headed out. I met my wife at a friends house in rural Iowa and we stayed out until 3 or 4 am (sober).
I had no children, though we would learn of Anna’s impending arrival in just a few more days.
On that day I launched a new website, PerfectParanoia.com. I picked that day because I wanted to be able to say that the site spanned two millennia! It would soon become one of the most popular NASCAR sites on the web. I made friends (and a few enemies) throughout the racing world, capped off with a behind the scenes weekend with ESPN at Atlanta Motor Speedway in November 2000. Though I loved the site, at that time I had no idea how to turn it into a full-time business. A few years later I would take the site down as it was too big of a burden on my family and career. If I only knew then what I know now…
On that day I had no clue what change would be coming!
I never would have imagined leaving the Air Force, becoming a road warrior consultant for a huge firm that would later go bankrupt, moving to Alabama and living next door to my in-laws, or adopting a baby boy from Taiwan.
And I didn’t see an appointment with God that would leave me a Christ-follower.
Friends and family have been born and died. Ten years is a long time after all.
So what’s my point in all of this? Very simple: Ten years from now, on December 31st, 2019, what do you want to be looking back on?
I didn’t have a master plan ten years ago, just a lot of raw ambition (and much of it misdirected). I’ve experienced a lot of success from that point in time, and much of it due to hard work. But I also missed a lot of opportunities because I just wasn’t prepared and didn’t have a vision.
Today, I’m building a plan for ten years from now to see just how much I can accomplish—as a Christian, as a husband, as a father, as an entrepreneur.
What about you? Do you have a plan? If you’d like some help, I highly recommend our goals program over at http://www.GoalVictory.com (the seminar series starts January 13th).