The birds start chirping while the sun starts to peak out over the trees and shine through your window. You know it’s almost time to get up out of your cozy, warm bed, oh how you wished you had just 5 minutes longer. The alarm screams through the house and while tempted to hit snooze for maybe the fifth time you tell yourself it’s time to get up. You go through your typical morning routine, which is the same as yesterday and the day before. Wipe your eyes, brush teeth, figure out what to wear, look for your keys and head out the door.
Now you’re off on your way to work. Probably sitting in traffic, leaning on your elbow that’s propped up on the windowsill and listening to music. After what seems like forever you arrive at your destination, walk into work and immediately count how down the hours. Only to sit in traffic, think about dinner and countdown how long before you continue this same cycle again the next day and the next day and the next day.
Let me ask you something, is this cycling life routine truly building the foundation or stepping stones to achieving your dreams.
Or are you convincing yourself that it is.
Hey you! Yes, you, the person who is reading this and saying to yourself. “Oh, that’s not me, I know what I’m doing and in a few months or years I will make the change but right now this is what I have to do”. Take a deep breath and hear me out while I say “STOP WITH THE EXCUSES AND WAKE UP!”.
I was right there with you. Assuring myself that my time will come and form excuses, simply because of fear. Having to come to terms with what I was doing each day wasn’t getting me to where I wanted to be. I could have stayed with what I’d been doing for the past 9 years or take a chance on myself.
Taking a chance on yourself seems so easy and a little cliche. We hear this phrase far too often, whether it was after a motivational life speech from your parents or in an academy award winning “change your life” movie. In which after, we feel powerful and ready to take on the world, our mindset changes and we feel hopeful. Fast forward to a week or month later and here we’re back into our never-ending loop. Getting up, go to the job that isn’t benefiting us, go to bed and repeat. For us to take a chance on ourselves, we have to comprehend a couple of things.
It’s questions like these that allow us to dive deep into our souls and find out who we truly are. The passions and goals we have that drive us to make changes in our lives. For a while, I couldn’t get past the first question without a long paragraph of my goals and was scattered. With not being completely in tune with my goals, they weren’t being achieved. In regards to the comfort thing, I’ve always been someone who doesn’t like change unless I’m the one who initiates it. (Go figure!) So instead of pushing myself out of my comfort zone, I assured myself that when it was ready the opportunity would present itself. This promoted me to stay in the safe zone and there forth now growth was happening.
Fast forward to last year, sitting on a plane flying home from one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I remembered a conversation I had with someone just the year before. They asked me what I wanted in life and I thought I was answering their question, however it was vague and generic. They continued to ask the same question over and over until I grew frustrated and ended the conversation.
I knew what they were asking yet my fears weren’t allowing me to search within my soul. This put me in a vulnerable state and I felt exposed as they could see me the way I couldn’t. Looking out of the plane window it hit me and I felt alive. The answer to that question was clear. That one moment everything in my mind, body and soul changed for the better, for me.
Finding my true passions in life has started a ripple effect of changes in my life. Each day brings new light and insight into who I am and the journey I will lead. It’s the small steps each day and sometimes the giant leaps that carry us to our life objectives. Now I’m a very honest person and I’ll admit there are days where I feel defeated or a little off balance. I may not have accomplished everything or feel that I haven’t made any progress. Maybe I haven’t posted on the blog in a while or the back room still isn’t done that we started a month ago. But you know what? It’s ok!
It’s ok because I’m not where I was last year, last month or last week. I continue to walk forward with courage and drive. I believe in myself more than I ever have and I love the person I am.