What are you waiting for?
If you’re not working towards your dreams and goals, then what are you doing?
Life is tough, I know. You might work 40+ hours, you might have kids and all sorts of responsibilities.
But if you’re not where you want to be you should be working towards it.
We’ve talked before about figuring out what you want to do. You can imagine you’re rich and have all the time and money in the world, then work backwards from there.
Great – you know what you want to do! Knowing is half the battle and something that takes people decades to figure out.
And it’s ok no matter how old you are. Hell, I was 39 before I jumped ship from a real job and started my own freelance endeavor. It doesn’t matter if you’re 120 – you can still work towards those things you want to do.
If you don’t start today you might look back years from now in regret that you didn’t try. What’s worse: trying or stewing over a lifetime of regret?
Whatever your goals are, too often we think, “Oh it’s too late for me”. Or, “It’ll take too long to get there.”
Total bullshit. It’s never too late. And Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Slow and steady progress towards your goals is the name of the game. You’ll get there eventually, and the doing it is half the fun. You learn by doing and by failing along the way anyway. You’ll get better and better as you go and most of the time the end result isn’t quite exactly what you envisioned anyway.
The journey of 1,000 miles starts with a single step. (A trite and quaint phrase but still true and powerful.)
And sometimes we just have to get going on the voyage to our goals. Getting up off the couch or out of bed can be difficult. We don’t want to leave the comfort and why try new things? Life is ok where we’re at.
But a funny thing happens once you start to do the work. Life helps you out. Things fall into place. Once you start down that road, amazing things happen that you couldn’t even imagine.
But it’s up to you to start.
The story of The Hobbit is a great one, and the lessons in it are one of the reasons it’s been so popular. Summing it up, Bilbo Baggins didnt want to leave the comfort and familiarity of the Shire. He fought against it, but started off on the adventure somewhat unwillingly. He had lots of setbacks but soon found his courage and realized just how powerful he was, despite being a little Hobbit (or perhaps because of it).
We are Hobbits. We don’t want to go on an adventure, we want to stay home with our stuff most of the time. Playing XBOX, watching Netflix – because it’s fun and easy! It’s the path of least resistance.
But to grow in life and to reach our goals, we have to set forth on new roads. We have to constantly be adventuring and trying new things, otherwise we get dull and old of spirit.
My advice to you, my friends, is to follow the wizard and dwarves and seek your adventure! And start today!
Good luck and rock life out!