Can we talk today about getting out of your own way and taking the leap already – or at least the first few steps – towards whatever it is that you want? I can’t begin to tell you how many friends and loved ones I see stuck in a rut or hear talking about (sigh) the way they want things to be: ”In a perfect world, x would happen.” OR “I really need to lose 40 pounds, but it’s too expensive to eat healthy.” OR “I have to make a million and get everything in my life perfectly perfect first before I do anything.” OR “(Sigh), I always wanted to be a (fill in the blank), but it’s too late in life to make a career change now.” OR “That sounds great! But I gotta wait until the feeling of being 100% ready hits me like a ton of bricks.” First comes the dream, then comes the slew of self-inflicted road blocks and excuses. I believe it’s called “getting in your own way,” and I could tell you ALLLLL about it because I did it for YEARS.
Something Bud used to say to me always rings true: ”Wish in one hand and sh*t in the other, and see which one comes true first.” And he’s right. He usually was. I’ll agree that there’s something to be said for ample preparation… so then make a plan. And maybe that plan starts with writing down your road blocks, and then figuring out how to remove each of them. Cuz there’s also something to be said for getting out there and j-u-s-t d-o-i-n-g i-t. The things and the people who light your soul on fire? Hang onto those. Chase after those. Make a life around those. Because otherwise, aren’t you just kind of existing? Life is too short. I’m not that old or that wise, but I’m old enough to have seen my fair share of loved ones get taken away justlikethat, and I’m old enough to know what regret looks like. And I’ve seen enough to know that life is far too short to let your wonderful, flowery words and plans be enough, and it’s far too short to spend talking yourself in circles forever… then wake up and be 75 and wonder where your life went, and why you didn’t really live it the way you wanted to. Actions are better. Put that *#&$ in motion. Do it now. I’m not saying jump off the back of the boat without your life vest. I’m saying, strap your effing life vest on and then GO.
What would you do if you knew you could not fail??
…………………………………….(go do it!!)