Live the Life You Were Meant to Lead
If you aren’t living the life you were meant to lead, what’s holding you back? Money? Talent? Education? Kids? Spouse? Family history?
These are all reasons that we use to not live the life we were meant to lead. I know I’ve used them several times throughout my life.
I’ve wanted to be a full-time author, creator, and coach for 15 years. However, for years, I’ve held myself back by thoughts of – lack of skill, lack of money, that happens to “other” people, and “I’m too shy”.
Because of these negative mindsets, I’ve not put everything into my dreams that I could to achieve success.
How are people, who have achieved the success that I’m striving for, different than me? Nothing. They just went after their dream with a single-minded determination.
Although I gave up my dream a couple of times during those 15 years, I’m now determined and learning every day. I don’t care how long it takes, I will live the life I was meant to lead. By January 1, 2025, I will be a full-time author, creator, and coach. And, along the way, I’m going to learn amazing things and meet amazing people.
Why this date? This is my day-job retirement date.
What Life Do You Want to Lead?
So, what life do you want to live? Just like me, you’re in the driver’s seat. You may not be able to control the critters that jump out of the forest and into your path, but you can control how you feel about those critters and how you respond to them.
Are you waiting for a big day? When your kids graduate? When you retire? When you’re done watching your TV series? When you know enough? If you wait, you’ll never get started. There will never be a perfect day.
A little over 2 years ago, I began writing in earnest. I started studying about online business and marketing. Now, I’m delving into my own personal development – again. The key is to get started and to keep learning and honing your craft.
Clear Your Mind
First, you need to be open to discovering the life you are intended to lead. Clear your mind and identify what you want to do with your life. What makes you happy? What legacy do you want to leave? Don’t put limitations on yourself. There are strategies to overcome those limitations. So, for now, put a blinder on to any limiting beliefs you may come across. Those beliefs that tell you that you can’t follow your dreams.
Money is Not the Answer
A millionaire can have plenty of money yet be alone and unhappy. As a result, having more money will not equal happiness. Yes, money can be a great asset to help you achieve your dream life, but it isn’t a requirement. Some of the happiest moments can come from situations that require little financial contribution.
For example, tossing some glow bracelets in the backyard for your kiddos to find in the dark costs less than $10, but is loads of fun. Appreciate the small things. Consider alternative ways to achieve your dreams with limited money. no matter what – take a step forward.
Focus on the Positive
When you are positive, you see situations as positive and attract positive people into your life. When all you see is the negative in a situation, you never see the $20 bill laying on the floor in front of you. Focus on the positive in every situation. There will be days or moments when you may fail. That’s okay. We’re all human. Give yourself a moment and start again.
Striving for perfection is not the best solution. Instead, aim for continuous improvement and honing your skills. Striving for perfection can result in a loss of self-esteem, depression, and a failure to start. When you feel you must be perfect before you do something, you tend to never produce a product. If you do produce a product, you end up beating yourself up if something is wrong or looks a little off. The easy answer in this case is to drop the perfection.
You are the only you there is. Do what makes you happy. Appreciate your unique style, your quirks, and your way to doing things. No one has had your same experiences, so what you bring to the world is your own and special, because you’re you!
Live for Yourself
When you live to please someone else and put yourself last, you will feel frustrated, angry, depressed, overwhelmed, and exhausted. This doesn’t mean that you can’t do things to please others. On the contrary, doing things for others should be a goal for yourself. However, you should always consider your desires when making decisions.
Life doesn’t have to be serious all the time. Instead, you should focus on having fun with your family and friends. Having fun helps to improve your mood. Enjoy your life.
Right Now, is All You Have
Yesterday is gone and tomorrow isn’t promised. Therefore, you should make every moment count. My husband has nearly died 3 times in the past 5 years. While the events were devastating, they were also joyous. My husband lived through the experiences, so that was the most important thing. Other important lessons that I learned through these situations included having a greater appreciation for the present and to go for my dreams – right now!
If I’m not here tomorrow, I sure want to know that my life meant something. Otherwise, the whole thing was a giant waste. That would be such a disservice to me. I hope you don’t have to go through a similar experience to seize the day. Carpe diem!
Are you ready to live the life you were meant to lead? Do you even know what that life looks like?
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