Today’s message is live in the moment. Good morning, Believe Nation! It’s Evan. My one word is believe. And I believe in people more than they believe in themselves and my sincere hope is that if you see in yourself what I see in you, you’ll be able to change the planet.
Live In The Moment – Conor McGregor
I don’t like to think too far ahead.
Interviewer: So, you haven’t thought alternative careers?
No, I don’t like thinking too far ahead. People set, like, goals, long-distance goals. That’s too much for me. I already feel like I’m livin’ it and then I just carry on, doing that. You know, carry on day by day, already living the final goal, the goal of being the world champion.
I already carry myself like I’m the world champion. I already speak like I’m a world champion and that’s it. I just carry on, day by day, so I’ll take it as it comes. Again, like you said, you were asking me about the future, I’ll let you know a little bit closer, you know what I mean? All I can see right now is the gold. That’s all I can see.
My Thought about Live In The Moment
I don’t put much faith in five-year or 10-year plans.
It’s one of the most common questions I get asked, when I do interviews. “What are you going to do in five years? Where do you see your YouTube channel being in five years or 10 years?” I have no idea.
I don’t know if I’ll still be doing YouTube in five years or ten years. I think what’s really important is that you have a mission of something you’re trying to accomplish, a general direction that you want to go, and some big goal that you’re trying to reach, but then not be so attached to how you’re going to go out and accomplish it and so, I want to help a billion entrepreneurs.
Conor McGregor, I want us to win the world championship, great. I want to help a billion entrepreneurs. How I get there doesn’t matter, right? I’ve got to do something that I enjoy, that I have fun doing, that I feel is having a big impact, but, the specifics doesn’t matter.
And so, I know my long term of where I’m going and then I know what I’m working on right now. You know, at the end of the year, I want to try to have a million subscribers.
Every week, I’m creating content, making videos, for you guys and I make kind of minor changes along the way and introduce new things and new ideas. But am I still going to be on YouTube in five years? I don’t know. What am I going to be doing in five years or 10 years?
“What’s really important is that you have a mission of something you’re trying to accomplish” – Evan Carmichael
I’m going to be doing something awesome, to help reach a billion entrepreneurs. That’s what I’m going to be doing. That’s what motivates me. And so I think it’s great to have plans, right? Planning is great.
It’s not that you don’t want to have any plans. You don’t want to have any goals. You want to just wake up and see what happens, ’cause most people don’t just wake up and do something amazing.
You know, having some kind of plan, having some kind of structure, helps you on the days when you’re not really motivated. This is important.
Whenever I feel like what I’m doing is out of whack, doesn’t feel right anymore, I’m yearning for something else, you know, you get that little frustration bubbling up that I want to add something else in and my current schedule doesn’t allow for it.
Whenever I feel like that, then I have to re-jig my schedule. I’ve got to figure out, okay, what no longer serves me and what am I yearning for and how can I put that in? And I can’t plan for that. That’s the challenge.
You don’t know what kind of person you’re going to be in five years or 10 years or what’s going to interest you or the new things that have come out. You know, 10 years ago, YouTube wasn’t even a big thing.
If it was I want to help a billion entrepreneurs, I’m going to do that by getting on MySpace, which was all the rage 10 years ago. Then, who cares if I’m the number one MySpacer right now? It’s not going to help me achieve my goal of helping a billion entrepreneurs.
“Having a specific target can really be helpful, in terms of you accomplishing that target” – Evan Carmichael
And so I think having a specific target can really be helpful, in terms of you accomplishing that target, but it doesn’t mean that that’s actually going to help you with your long-term goals.
And so, I’d be stubborn about the big thing that you’re trying to accomplish, but be flexible in the how. The other thing that I have a really hard time, and maybe this is for you guys too, is whenever I set a goal that might be multi-years out, I initially, immediately already want to think of how to accomplish that right now.
I would look at a five-year goal and say how do I do that in five months. How do I get that happening faster? Even just the idea of something coming into my head of something that I want to do one day, I start taking action on it, just naturally.
If I wanted to build a house, I wanted to build a custom, modern house from scratch and, like, yeah, that would be good to do one day. Just having that thought in my head, boom! Within a year, I had my own custom house being built. It just starts to happen and I think getting used to taking action on your ideas is also really super important.
Those plans that you have for five or 10 years, they don’t have to be five or 10 years. If you took action and started doing stuff on it right now, you can make that happen in five months or less, maybe five weeks or five days, for some of you, if you actually started taking action on it.
And so, again, I think it’s important to be stubborn about what you want to accomplish, ’cause you’re going to need it. You’re going to need to be stubborn.
You’re going to need to face criticism and face your fears and get up every day and do action, but be flexible on the how and I would strongly encourage you, if you have a five-year goal or a 10-year goal for yourself, raise your standards and start asking yourself how do I hit that in five months?
So the question of the day today is I’m curious, what is your five or 10-year goal that now you want to condense down to five months?
Leave it down in the comments below. I’m really curious to find out.
I also want to give a quick shout-out to Michael Pedersen. Michael, thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book, Your One Word. I hope you enjoyed the read and it really, really, really means a lot to me.
Thank you, guys, again, for watching. I believe in you. I hope you continue to believe in yourself and whatever your one word is. Much love and I’ll see you again tomorrow morning for another shot of Entspresso.
Live In The Moment
I’ve had seasons where I’ve had the worst surgeries ever. You know, I’ve been through, I had seven surgeries. You know and that alone, you ask yourself time and time again, how do you bounce back from that year in and year out? But I’ve always used it as, you know, taking that time to strengthen myself.
I never knew I was going to play 17 years. You know, who could’ve ever thought that? You don’t say, when you come into a league, you don’t say, “You know what, I’m going to play 17 years.” And you don’t even think of it that way.
You just say I’ll take it year by year. And that’s what I try to tell kids. Don’t move to next year too fast. Just like don’t go to tomorrow too fast. Deal with today. Deal with right now. You know, we’ve been in the locker room and we’re at practice and I’m like, “Listen, put the phones down, ’cause these moments will go too fast.” And when they’re gone, they’re gone, you know? So, before you look up, you’re in two, three, five, seven, 10, 12, if you make it that long.
Because most of them don’t. You know, just like you spoke about earlier. Most of these young babies never see five years, never see seven years, never less a 10-year career. You know, so you try to prepare them to understand what the moment actually feels like and that’s why I think, honestly, why my career lasted so long, ’cause I always lived in the moment. Like nothing else mattered to me and I was selfish at times, because, even towards my family, nothing else mattered when it came to that. When it came to that, I was dialed in. It’s a heck of a blessing to be here now. I’m walking. I’m healthy, you see.
I just tell people I don’t know how long whoever’s going to play, but I will say enjoy every moment. Don’t rush too fast. You know, let your years take care of your years, but go year by year, go day by day, go hour by hour, go minute by minute.
Zach: A Head Full of Dreams. The tour’s going on now. You just got off the South American line I mean, the crowds, the show, does it ever, how do you keep it fresh, because it’s not your first rodeo. It’s your thousands, 10 thousands. I mean, you’ve been doing it.
Well, here’s how we keep it fresh. Bruce Springsteen, apparently, I don’t know if he really does or not, used to say to the rest of the E Street Band, this could be someone’s first show and it could be someone’s last show, so let’s treat it like that.
So, I have that inspiration and then some other things in my life that just make me, but every time before we go on stage, I really think about who’s showed up, how much they’ve been through to get there.
And also for us, at the moment, we took a break from touring on the last album we did called Ghost Stories, so we’re so excited to be there and we know that nothing lasts forever, so I think that we’re just really, more than ever, living in the moment and trying to appreciate the fact that for some people it’s their first show and some people, you know.
Zach: Yeah. That has to be a perspective that that’s not immediate, right? You learn that perspective.
We have to work to that perspective.
We definitely went through a period about 10 years ago of feeling like what are we doing? You know, we’re questioning everything and not really able to take in the joy of it.
Zach: That’s must’ve been hard.
Well, everything’s in perspective, but, for us as a band, it was a bit hard. But slowly, you just keep going and you find great people, who come in and help you out and teach you things. And I think the more that you let in, it’s very easy right now with social media to let in anything negative, you know. Whatever you do, someone is going to slag it off online.
Funny thing about gigs is there are so many factors that make a great gig. Like, I’ve come off stage so many times, thinking that was awful, for whatever reason. You know, your sound man will come in that was out front and say, “That’s the best thing I’ve ever seen.” You go, “Really?!” Or then you’ll be off stage and think that your band has played great and you’ve really and the sound man will come in and say, “Oh, I lost the bass for six songs.”
And you’re like, “Really?!” Or the lighting man will say, “Yes, well, the lights didn’t work.” So, you know what I mean? It’s kind of, I don’t really judge gigs. While I’m doing it, I’m just in the moment and I’m singing the songs and when I come off stage, I don’t like talking about it.
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