We recently had the pleasure of meeting David Stanley, Elvis's step-brother. He gave great perspective on how to use your life experiences to teach and influence other people. He has turned what could have been life-ending addictions and loss into what has propelled him to be the man of influence that he is today. He was able to turn each situation and experience he has gone through into a perspective that could serve him and others in becoming better.
He started his talk with the question of, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. Most of us have dreams, huge goals and all kinds of things we would love to do, yet we are not doing them. We are doing what he referred to as, “Plan B.” Plan B is not truly fulfilling. Plan B does not cause you to be the best you can be. Plan B in our case even makes you a lot of money. Plan B is not what you would be doing if money were not a concern. If you had a couple million dollars in the bank, what would you be doing? What does the career and life of your dreams look like? Are you doing your plan B or living your life by design, creating your dreams?
What is your Plan A? What are you putting off for another day?
We recently moved to Newport Beach. Many of our friends and family were a bit confused. We moved from a gorgeous house that had more than anyone could ever want. We even had a fire pole! It had panoramic million dollar views, a 1,000 square foot game room man cave, plenty of space for the kids and was absolutely gorgeous. As the new year came, I realized I wanted to start living my dreams of living at the beach. We have always said when we are older we would. Why wait? What is holding me back other than me? Nothing.
We packed our 5,500 sq foot house and moved within weeks. God aligned everything and we ended up in a waterfront home in Newport Beach right on the boardwalk. Our front yard is the beach. My 3 year old is in heaven. He loves the sand and proves it daily by putting it in every area of the house.
Is change always easy? NO. Is it worth it? In my opinion, yes.
Take a step of faith and move toward the dream you are putting of for tomorrow. What if there isn't a tomorrow? The definition of courageous is not deterred by danger or pain; brave. When was the last time you were brave? What could life look like if you chose to be brave everyday?
Thank you David Stanley for your inspiration.