Bet your life on your decisions

Feb 12, 2012 11:48:42 AM


To an outside observer, nearly two decades of teaching the same course may seem monotonous or even cliché. But, those who have heard Gary Keller teach Quantum Leap just keep coming back for more year after year.

So, why can’t we get enough?

Because Quantum Leap, like its teachers and attendees, continues to evolve. As Gary’s life moves forward, he has more to share—both insights and AHAs. And, regardless of Gary’s growth, attendees hear and learn new things based on where they are. It’s literally a lesson on life—which we are never finished learning.

It’s both funny and enlightening to see Quantum Leap a handful of times and walk out realizing the material hadn’t so much changed, as you did. But, it’s Quantum Leap that’s made you step back and gain new perspective—a feat many rarely, if ever, accomplish.

Thankfully, we got to attend Quantum Leap again on Saturday, and, as to be expected we had some great new AHAs.

“Every minute you live, you’re betting your life on your decisions,” Gary said to thousands from stage at KW’s Family Reunion 2012. “Life is an inside (to the outside) job. If you want the best life experience, put yourself together first.”

Yes, we all have our issues and our challenges, but we also have power over our lives’ trajectories. “You tend to go wherever you aim,” Gary teaches. So, why not aim high? Why not take the time to step back, and take charge of your life’s outcome?

GaryKeller_QuantumLeap2012-V2Pat Matthews, a friend of Gary’s and frequent participant in Quantum Leap is someone who “gets it.” After obtaining a degree in architecture, and even starting his own firm, Pat decided his life was pointed at the wrong end goal. After all, his dream was to be a painter.

And, he gained perspective—and opportunity—when he was contracted to work on an established artist’s house. He traded his time and craft for painting lessons. And, after speaking with a friend, he ended up calling off all of his current architecture bids—a total of six. The next day, he started painting one piece a day, and he’s lived true to that mantra—one painting a day—since then.

He continued his art education with two painters in Colorado with the goal of creating a painting a day. The men would time each other and Pat while painting mountain scenes and Aspen groves. Thirty minutes…25…15. “They taught me to paint hard,” Pat explains. “It’s not so precious. You paint four, and throw them out…or maybe one works.”

It’s about focus, and being deliberate. It takes time and practice. You dedicate yourself, and you improve. Pat uses this analogy when people ask: How do you become a great painter? “If you want to be a pool pro, you need to play pool eight hours and day, six days a week for about eight years,” he says, “and you will be a professional.” So, when people want to be a great painter, Pat’s response is no surprise. “Paint 100 paintings, and then come back.” The trick: He never sees most of those people again. Most people don’t ever take the time to become pros.

Well, the importance of time is one thing Gary Keller understands and is purposeful with. He plans play time first, makes sure to block at least three to four hours a day of focused pay time and takes an hour a week to look at his life from a higher view—perspective—and adjusts as necessary. “I come from a long line of lethargic people,” he jokes. “This is why I have to make hard decisions on how I spend my time.”

You have to bet your life on where you want to go. To focus on the one thing that matters the most—whether that be one painting a day or lead generating for clients—takes a lot of time and energy. You don’t have time to hedge your bets. You have to go all in.