Cruisin’ Through Life™ At 35 MPH
by Brian Blasko
Life is a journey…enjoy the ride! This exciting concept invites us to discover and maximize our own personal potential. Our professional and personal lives are like vehicles, and we are the engines that keep them running smoothly. When our internal gas tank is “full” we feel good about ourselves. Having higher self-esteem enables us to get over life’s little potholes and speed bumps. Learning how to take the driver’s seat of life will allow our roads to be paved with opportunity.
Let’s examine how to “set the pace.” Imagine yourself driving down the highway at a speed of 85 mph. Everyone around you is traveling the same speed. Traffic seems to be staying together, flowing quickly as one big happy family. You look to your left, and then right…all of a sudden…brake lights and screeching tires and everyone slows down to 65 mph. You can only guess what has happened. A police car is out in front of the pack driving 68 mph and everyone behind it is traveling at 65 mph! Perhaps troopers and other law enforcement officers enjoy this part of their job most. Are they possibly thinking, “Look at those turkeys behind me, let me have a little fun with them today.” They slowly speed up to 70 mph and what do we do? We speed up to 67 mph. They go 75 mph, we go 72 mph, they slow down to 65 mph and we slow down to 62 mph. The bottom line is, the officers on our highways set the pace.
Now, the question we have to ask ourselves is…who sets the pace in our own lives? As a parent, friend, manager, supervisor, or colleague we have daily opportunities to set the pace for others and ourselves. If you’re a parent cruising through life at 15 mph, don’t be surprised if your kids follow you at 12 mph. If you’re a manger who enters the office everyday geared up with a positive attitude and your traveling about 85 mph, watch how many people follow you at 82 mph. You have the power to set the pace at home or at work. But again, the question is…are you bold enough to take the driver’s seat? Some people fear taking on a leadership role. We begin thinking “I’ll have more responsibility if I’m in the driver’s seat.” True, but with that responsibility, comes control over our destinations.
We live in a society that enjoys instant gratification. Gimme, gimme, gimme! Now, now, now! We want things quick and we want them easy. Why do you think the microwave was invented? We have instant coffee, instant mashed potatoes, instant oil changes, instant money access, minute rice, fast food, and the list goes on and on. Be aware of the speeds you travel in life and why you’re traveling them. It’s ok to accelerate to achieve your goals. It’s also ok to slow down every once in awhile and enjoy the ride. If the road to success is not smooth, switch lanes!
Copyright 2005, Brian Blasko
Brian Blasko is a highly motivated, nationally known speaker and trainer. His programs, inspiring individual and organizational growth, are some of the most sought after in the country. This celebrated author of Cruisin’ Through Life™ At 35 MPH has a Masters Degree in interpersonal communication, collegiate-level teaching experience, and is a member of the National Speakers Association, as well as NSA Ohio.
Every year clients throughout the country depend on Brian to re-charge their organization and employees. Always the fun communicator, his contagious energy encourages others to feel comfortable about themselves and their personal development. Blasko is to motivation as engine is to car.
Driven by his sincere interest in others, and a genuine passion for public speaking, Brian enthusiastically invites you to discover and maximize your own personal potential! For more information, visit Brian’s website at www.brianblasko.com.