In a little less than six months, I’m going to hit a milestone birthday. I know a lot of people have mixed emotions about turning 40, bit I’m actually looking forward to it. I keep hearing it said that life begins at 40 and if that’s true, I want to make sure I’m prepared.

So I made a list. I made a list of things that I wanted to do, things that will challenge me and things that scar the hell out of me with the intention of entering the next stage of my life stronger, wiser and better than I’ve been in this one.

As you can see, It’s pretty agressive and every item on it was chosen for a reason.

Weigh Less Than 200 lbs

When I made my list, I started with health because without this one, the rest doesn’t matter. I grew up a skinny kid who could eat anything I wanted. By the time I was 30 that had really caught up to to me but I started taking responsibility throughout my 30’s and saw some success. I’m ready now to commit further and enter my 40’s leaner and healthier than I’ve ever been.

Read The Bible Cover to Cover

It’s no secret that I’m a skeptic on religion. It’s not that I’m not arrogant enough to know that there is no God, it’s just that I’m skeptical enough that I’m not sure. I’m not reading the big book with the hope of finding salvation, but rather to learn the life lesson of ancient script.

Read or Listen to a Biography of Every US President

This was was for the fun and for the challenge. I love history and I love biographies and since I’ve already read a great deal of them, I thought expanding the list to 45 would add some depth.

Conquer Me Fear of Water

Since I was a kid, I’ve been afraid of water and I do not swim. I have a lot of reasons for this and I’m still not excited about taking a bath with everyone in my hometown, but how many times will I hold back when the kids want to have fun? This is on my list because it will scare the hell out of me and I’m forcing myself to confront that.

Perform At an Open Mic Night

I love comedy and try to infuse humor into every workshop, seminar and keynote that I deliver but stand up is something completely different. I added this to expand my comfort zone and help me expand in my growth. I also figure if I can last ten minutes on that stage, an hour keynote will get a lot better too.

Publish My Book

Over the course of last spring and into summer I took the time and boiled down my thoughts about leadership communication into what I hope will be my first book. And then I stopped. I let the fears creep into my mind that I was never good at English class, that my grammar is bad and the biggest, no one will buy it. Before I’m 40, I’m going to slay those fears and publish the damn’ thing and we will see if it’s worth reading.

Hold My Own Conference

On my list are a lot of things that I’ve dreamed about, talked about and played with but never sucked it up and just did it. Of all of those things, this one tops the list. I’ve wanted to hold an event that would bring value to my community and give other speakers a chance to get on stage and capture some video. This early summer, I’m going to make that happen. Putting it on my list ensures that I will follow through.

Replace Carrie’s Car

My saint of a wife had her car break down and then my truck in the span of a couple of weeks. Before I’m 40, we’re going to get her driving in style again.

Learn To 2 Step

Of everything on my list, this one is the weirdest, most difficult and by far the most embarrassing. It’s here because I wanted to add something that I really suck at and work to actually learn. I have no rhythm and don’t at all know how to dance. My lack of skill has led to a fear of embarrassment that’s just kept me off of the dance floor at all times. I have no intention of doing a lot of dancing, but in thinking about the struggles of people I work with who are terrified of public speaking, this will be the closest thing I can get to where I will relate to their fears.

Journal The Process

I have on several occasions talked about how the process is more important the outcomes. My list is simply a lit of things but in journaling the process I can learn from myself. I can highlight lessons that will apply elsewhere and I will remember that the joy of life is the trip, not the destination. It’s not sexy, but it’s important.

I want to enter y 40’s stronger, wiser and better than I am in my 30’s so I made a list and I’m sharing it with all of you. It’s going to be a fun journey and I invite you to join me Make your own list and let’s see who we can become in the next six months. The time will pass anyway, so let’s make the most of it.

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