What do you want to do with your life? And if you’re not already doing it, why not?
As the saying goes, you only have one life. Whether that is actually true or not, the main problem is that most people behave as if they are immortal. They do not value their time. They waste it on trivia from youth to old age. In the end, they wonder where it all went, and why so little they dreamed of ever happened.
Do you have a sense of urgency in your life? Do you behave as if your life actually matters in the greater scheme of things? Do you treat your time as a precious irreplaceable commodity, or do you happily scatter it to the winds on things that really do not count in the long run?
A key problem that most people have is that they don’t value themselves nearly enough. They don’t think they really matter. They don’t count. As a consequence, they feel free to waste hours here, or a day there, doing things that really reap them no benefits in the long-term. After all, who cares? What difference does it make? If you think that you are important, and that your time is really precious, would you continue to behave in that way? Probably not.
Nowadays, young people seem almost trained to be frivolous. Outside of the formal education system, there are no end of distractions to consume young people’s lives; most of them having to do with mobile devices, video games, and the Internet of course. It is genuinely hard for a young person, or any person for that matter, to block off the host of invasions eating away at both time and energy.
We move through adulthood in much the same way, oblivious of how precious we, and the time and talents we have been given, really are. Certainly, there are social obligations and commitments and these should be met sufficiently. However, beyond all that, what are you doing with yourself to really make a difference in whatever arena you move in?
At any time or age, it is never to late to get serious and take a long hard look at your life and where it is headed. Even if you feel you have wasted years and it is all too late, there is still hope. You have no idea how long you may live, nor what you might accomplish if you put your mind to it.
The power lies in mental clarity, followed by decision, followed by coherent action.
With clarity, you take a good luck at (a) what you are doing and where you are at right now, as well as (b) what you want to be doing and where you want to be in the future.
With decision, you decide to leave the old ways behind and take determined concrete steps to use your time to maximum effect and manifest your vision.
Concrete action means that you create a strategic plan and then follow the steps of that plan until you reach your goal. Sometimes, perhaps even often, you may go off course, but you gain feedback from mistakes, learn from them, and then adjust the plan.
Underlying all of of this is the need to see yourself at your best, as Dr. Maxwell Maltz, the creator of Psycho-Cybernetics would say. Nothing will change until the image of yourself changes, and your underlying beliefs along with them. Of course, beliefs can change in and of themselves if you provide enough corroborative experience through actually performing the desired actions. The problem is that you will probably never get around to doing this if your inner self-image is poor i.e. if you do not see yourself as the kind of person who could and would take these actions and achieve these desired results.
Hence, time spent on inner work is not only NOT a waste of time, it is some of the most important work you could ever do. See yourself as confident and powerful, and doing the thing you desire, living the dream, and you empower yourself with the tremendous energy of certainty that you simply will not have if you just try to go ahead and work in the physical world first, without having trained your mind and emotions first.
Do you believe you can achieve a specific goal? Or do you believe that it is impossible for you to achieve that goal? Either way, you are right.
This may indeed be why so few even bother to begin. The majority secretly believe that they are capable of little, and lack inner greatness. Hence, this becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
It does not have to be that way at all. Everybody has some talent or gift that could be developed to a high degree. Yet, most of us don’t even try because we talk ourselves out of it before we even start. So, we tell ourselves that nothing will come of it, or that others have already done it better, or that there is too much competition, or whatever. Thus, we give ourselves permission to wallow in our excuses and their consequent mediocrity.
Know that you CAN break this cycle. Know also that the time to begin is NOW. The future is only a Now that has not happened yet, so you might as well begin right NOW!
Commit to not wasting your hours and days on frivolous activities that may be fun in the moment but benefit nobody. Search yourself for the dreams you have allowed to suffocate and die.
Ask yourself, what will it take to bring them back to life? What sacrifices will you have to make? What actions will you have to commit to? What changes will you need to make in your life? What will you have to do less of? What will you have to do more of? Who can help or train you or guide you? What will you do when setbacks appear or that inner voice of doubt whispers, “You see? I told you so.”
When you change for the better, so does the world. It all begins with you. So, why not start right now?…