February has arrived. How did that happen? The past three months or so have absolutely flown by. I think my brain is still stuck in November somewhere. As we begin the second month of the year, I feel like, in many ways, I am getting a second chance on things that didn’t go as planned last year. The way the timing is working out with certain things in my life, right now is very similar to things that happened in January 2017. The biggest difference this year is that the things I wanted to happen a year ago are actually in the process of happening right now. There is action this year, not just all talk and ideas. A lot is currently changing in my life. As I mentioned in a recent post, I used to absolutely hate change. Right now, I am not only embracing it, I’m looking forward to it.
The beginning of 2018 was pretty much terrible in every way imaginable, but I have learned to not let things get to me too much. Life is full of temporary ups and downs. It was a minor setback on the path to getting things headed in the right direction.
The past week or so has been incredibly motivating and encouraging for me. I have been surrounded on a daily basis by people who are truly passionate about what they do for a living and how they get to live their life. These are people who have found a way to turn their passion into a career. The most motivating part of it for me is that I do the same thing these people do. It has made me stop and really think about how many people work a job just for money. It pays the bills. They don’t do it because they like it. I’ve never been that kind of person, and I’ve never understood why others choose to go through life that way. People need to make money, and I understand that fully, but far too many people just settle for any job instead of focusing their time and effort on the things they truly love to do.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say they wish they could do something specific or how they want to do something different from what they’re doing. My question for those people is always, “What’s stopping you?” If you want something badly enough, you can and will find a way to make it work… within reason, of course. Too many people just don’t want to put in the effort to make their dreams become their reality. Some are scared of taking chances. Many people don’t know where to start when they set out to chase their dreams, but, if you go out of your way to tell everyone around you exactly what you want to do, you will eventually run across someone who does know how you can get started. Tell people what you want in life and surround yourself with people who want similar things.
I can’t take full credit for any of the great things I’ve had an opportunity to do in my life. I have always found myself in situations where I have been able to meet the right people. You have to put yourself in a position to succeed.
People aren’t mind-readers. If want something, you have to tell people you want it. You have to ask for it. Don’t be shy. That used to be my biggest problem. I always wanted things, but never felt comfortable asking for them. Part of it was a fear of rejection. But, if you don’t ask, you’ll never know the answer. I lacked confidence in myself for many years. I felt that I didn’t deserve certain things, because I hadn’t earned those things. An important lesson to learn in life is that you absolutely deserve the great things that life has to offer. Don’t ever let anyone (especially yourself) tell you that you don’t deserve better than what you have right now. While we all should be thankful for what we have, we should also constantly strive for better. Keep progressing. Keep growing. Keep improving. There’s no such thing as a perfect life. You can always improve your life.
I hope all of you take a moment to ask yourself what you really want in life. When you know your answer, then ask yourself what is stopping you from making it happen. Most likely, the only thing holding you back is yourself. Nobody is going to live your life for you. You have to get out and live it. We only get one shot at this journey of life. Why would you not want it to be the best it can be?
None of us are guaranteed another day. Make the most of today. Do what makes you happy. Live your life the way you want to live it, not the way others want you to live it. Don’t waste another day being unhappy. Stop wanting and wishing. Start doing. Do what you want to do in life. Love your life!!