“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” ~ Steve Jobs
Everyday we have experiences that can make an impact to our one and only precious life. Yesterday, the truly brilliant, game-changer, and visionary founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, passed away. Everyone on Facebook immediately posted his inspiring quotes and amazing 2005 Stanford commencement speech. His words and actions are truly incredible and make a great case to always believe in yourself and live an authentic life. He transformed industries and changed the way we think about what’s possible forever.
How many people will actually take action and make changes to their life as a result of being inspired?
Reading a quote and clicking “like” on Facebook will only take you so far. Don’t get me wrong, I love good quotes and I post them all the time. Change and growth comes from putting an idea into action, taking a small step forward and doing something different, something new, something outside your comfort zone. Yes, it’s challenging because we have to bring greater awareness to our thought patterns and habits and take action.
Let me ask a simple question: what changes are you willing to make to “follow your heart and intuition?”
Steve Jobs lived in his top 1% and made many amazing contributions to the world (and don’t forget even the greats have setbacks — Steve was fired from Apple many years back before he regained the helm). It’s the perfect time to reflect on what it means to live your best life and what your top 1% looks like. Doing things the same over and over will only take you so far. Living in your top 1% is a choice and a way of life. Everyday you can make choices that allow you to share your best self with the world.
Now is the time to redefine what can be in your life and focus on what’s possible rather than why something can’t be done.
Simple yet powerful.
The choice is yours.
I choose to live authentically and to reach for my personal top 1%. What do you choose?
“It always seems impossible until is it done.” – Nelson Mandela
Alissa Finerman is an Executive Coach and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, speaker and author of Living in YOUR Top 1%. She works with managers, C-suite executives and teams to leverage strengths, shift beliefs and achieve meaningful goals. Alissa has an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked with Ross Stores, Petco, BNP Paribas, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Brookfield Property Partners, Neutrogena, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Dress for Success. To learn more about coaching with Alissa, please visit her website and follow her on Facebook