Gavin’s Law: Live to start. Start to live.
Since my son Gavin graduated from this life to the next, I’ve preached these words to tens of thousands of people around the world. And guess what? It never gets old. The idea is simple, yet true. Live to start those ideas that keep pressing on your mind and start living the life of your dreams.
I can’t count how many people have told me how these words have inspired them. Changed them. I love it. It makes me feel like a little piece of Gavin still lives on in this insane world and his influence is still felt for good. Thank you to all of you who have embraced Gavin’s Law and are living a little better because of it. It seriously means the world to me.
Today would be Gavin’s fourth birthday. He lived 76 days. I’ve since learned that I can do anything in 76 days. That’s a little less than three months. A little less than a quarter of the year. A little less than a full season. A little time period in the average person’s life. But with a little effort, this short time period can dramatically change your life forever.
That’s why I’d like to challenge you to do something great over the next 76 days in Gavin’s honor. Do something. Anything. This is a real challenge. A challenge to make the most of one of your greatest gifts: TIME (Today Is My Everything). I call it The 76-Day Challenge.
THE 76-DAY CHALLENGE: AN ACTION GUIDE TO HELP YOU TURN YOUR “STUPID” IDEA INTO YOUR SMART REALITY
I’ve spent months writing this free 37-page companion action guide (ebook) to The Power of Starting Something Stupid and I’ve even tested it out with a group of people to see what works so you can get the most out of it.
Can I ask you a favor? Just three things:
- CLICK HERE and download the free 76-Day Challenge Action Guide.
- Comment below about something you’d like to do (anything). I’d really like to hear what fires you up. What would you regret not doing before you’re 80? What’s your goal? A fear? A thrill? An idea that just won’t go away? What is that thing you want to do, start, be?
- Put a fat dent in the (your) world!
GAVIN’S LAW: 4 WAYS TO “LIVE TO START. START TO LIVE.
1. Stop waiting.
This slideshow is the story behind Gavin’s Law. Take a second to check out my slideshow (posted at SlideShare) to understand what it means to stop waiting and start living. I’ve adapted this from the first chapter of The Power of Starting Something Stupid.
2. Do something good TODAY. #goodforgavin
Happy fourth birthday to my sweet angel son! Join us in celebrating him … and all the beauty life has to offer … by doing something good today! Do a random act of kindness, break an unhealthy habit (or take the first steps to implement a healthy one), mend a broken relationship, smile at the mailman, express gratitude for the people and things around you that bring you joy, acknowledge someone else for the good THEY do or have done! The sky is the limit! Just DO SOMETHING GOOD!!! Let’s fill this crazy planet with abundant goodness and love! Please, please, please post your stories and tag them #goodforgavin so my boys and I can share in all the love you spread!! Encourage others to join the fun! Let’s do this, friends! Let’s get out and do something GOOD!
3. Be grateful.
Rabbi Harold Kushner said, “If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” We all go through hard things. Life is insane. Let me repeat. LIFE.IS.INSANE. No one escapes the insanity. I think it’s okay to be sad when sad things happen. I don’t believe the saying “move on.” Move forward? Yes. But, to move on? To pretend like bad things didn’t happen? Ignore them? Let them fester? Never. That said, getting stuck in the past is unacceptable. Accepting that life is insane, that bad things happen to good people and that you can find the courage to be grateful for the good in every situation and still move forward is hard (even terrifying), but heroic.
4. Build something.
A house? Maybe. Lego fortress? Sure. But there is more to building than building blocks. Build a happy lifestyle. Build a bridge to mend a broken relationship. Build a family. Build a positive personal brand. Build a courageous attitude. Build a project. Put your heart, mind and hands to work. Be a builder. Marvin Ashton said, “Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.” Be industrious. Build. Build. Build. And in the midst of all that productivity, find your happiness, your passion, your life. Build a body of work to make your mark on the world. Leave a legacy and influence the lives of others for good. Just go and build something.