“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.”
― Jim Morrison
How often do we sit on the edge of freedom? Then peer out at the life that we want for ourselves – the life that we know we are capable of living?
We hope that someday we will be graced by some lucky circumstance. That life will somehow straighten itself out for us.
We hope, we ponder, we dream. Then we wait… And we wait… And we wait…
What are you waiting for? An omnipotent hand to swing down and smack you into some meaning and contribution? Are you waiting for that ever elusive lottery ticket, your one chance at freedom in this lifetime?
I’m sorry to be the one to break it to you, but it’s probably not going to happen in this lifetime. Hoping and wishing is a good way to halt advancement and stunt growth.
Results are the by-product of action. Our circumstances will not change until we do. Our lives will not progress until we make the decision to take calculated and decisive action. We need to work toward a goal that is significant enough to pull us out of the doldrum of mediocrity. Work that will push us into the freedom and contentment that we call success.
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”― Benjamin Franklin
Stop waiting… STOP WAITING… Tomorrow is not promised. Growth takes time. It is a lifelong progression. Make the jump…
We owe it to ourselves to NEVER become complacent – to NEVER accept comfort and ease as a way of life. The fear is only a pre-game warm up. Once the real action starts, doubt will be forced to take a seat and will be replaced by happiness and joy.
How is history going to remember you? How are your children, and their children, and THEIR children going to remember you? Do you think about these things? Do you ponder legacy? In the end, we are all responsible for our own.
This life can only be what YOU make it. YOU are a magnificent creator. YOU have the capabilities to transform and elevate your circumstances at any time. Please don’t waste the greatest power bestowed upon us as humans – our ability to choose.
Now is the time to go for it. Fortune favors the bold.
We don’t just talk about, we live it.
1. Ponder Your Legacy
“Language allows us to reach out to people, to touch them with our innermost fears, hopes, disappointments, victories. To reach out to people we’ll never meet.
It’s the greatest legacy you could ever leave your children or your loved ones:
The history of how you felt.”
― Simon Van Booy
We have an obligation to serve. It is imperative that we sit and ponder our reason for living. What are you doing with your life that will affect the generations to come? How will your grandchildren know who you really were? We all have a responsibility to leave this Earth a little better than when we got here. I think the way we do that is by creatively sharing our story with the world – through the things that we are most passionate about. Take some time to sit and think about this stuff. Then move on to step number two.
2. Create your vision
“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but no vision.”
― Helen Keller
Now that you have pondered your legacy, begin figuring out what you want that to look like. Who do you want to be? How do you want to affect the generations to come? How do you want to be remembered? Write down your vision in present tense. Make it vivid. Don’t leave out any details. Write as though everything in your vision has already happened (i.e. “I am traveling the world and sharing my story globally. I no longer worry about money because I am abundantly supplied. I help thousands of people each year”). Add as many details as you can. Keep that paper with you everywhere that you go. Read it multiple times daily. Like Walt Disney said, “What kind of world do you want to create?”.
Now that you have an idea of what kind of legacy you want to leave and a clear vision for where you are going, it’s time to take action. There are so many variables that play into “taking action,” but consistently moving toward your vision is the core premise of this step. START! In many cases, the amount of success that we achieve in life is in direct proportion to the amount that we sacrifice. By jumping off the cliff, we will be forced to learn to fly on the way down. Nobody ever achieved their dreams sitting and waiting for the perfect moment. If you want to make that vision come to life, then get to work on it. There is no other way.
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