I used to be just like my neighbor.
He gets up every day, gets dressed, and goes through the motions of his daily morning routine.
Then he grabs his keys and heads out the door, off on his commute to wherever it is in this world he happens to work. You know… his J.O.B. And yes, that is a mild sound of disgust you hear (read?) when I say that!
See I used to work a J.O.B. too.
A hard and backbreaking one at that! And there was most definitely no future for me in it, no room for growth or expansion or personal and financial freedom.
Want to know what I did?
Wait… wait for it…
I cleaned vacation homes for a living! Yep. I cleaned skuzzy, nasty houses after strangers stayed in them for several days or more, each and every day, usually six days a week.
I did it because it was family owned, I was awarded a certain amount of freedom in scheduling (which always comes in handy if you’re a parent), and frankly… I didn’t make any more money elsewhere than I was making there!
So I cleaned vacay homes for nigh on 10 years, and rarely brought home more than $200 a week.
“Sometimes” it was slightly more during our busy seasons.
And NO, it was not a fun J.O.B. at all! (Just in case you needed a bit of clarity there. Not fun. At all.)
But that of course is history.
Its light years away from what I do for a living now and what I make these days. I only tell a bit of that story to illustrate exactly where I came from, so I can really drive home the message that if I can change my life for the better… so can you.
It Doesn’t Matter Where You Come From
It doesn’t matter what you do now.
There is money to be made in this world and life-changing experiences that happen all around you, every day. You can do amazing things in your life, if you really want to. The key though is that you REALLY have to want it.
And I don’t mean ‘I want it’ in the far off, someday sense.
I mean ‘I want it’ and ‘I want it right now’! And ‘I want it so much, right now, that I’ll do just about anything to get it’. Feel me?
See, just wanting something bad enough doesn’t make it reality. Sure it’s great to dream and want things and fantasize. But I call those pipe dreams and pipe dreams are for losers.
Pipe dreams are just that, they stay nothing but dreams forever.
But people who take action on their dreams and choose to sculpt their own reality… those people begin to make amazing things happen. Those people start kicking some royal ass in the life department and make you wish you were besties so some of that awesomeness rubs off on you.
The thing is… those people could be anyone.
They could be you.
But you have to want it (whatever it is) bad enough to make it happen.
You have to manifest awesomeness.
Listen, everyone has dreams and fantasies they’d like to make reality.
Dreams of being an entrepreneur, or dreams of being financially free… dreams of working from home and dreams of having more time for the good things in life.
Dreams of traveling and meeting inspiring people… dreams of a life lived on their own terms, crafted with images of their deepest desires and set to a soundtrack of their favorite songs.
Are You Hungry Enough?
See the problem most folks have is they have those dreams and goals, and maybe they even take a bit of action toward them.
But invariably fear or insecurity throws up a roadblock, and many people have a hard time getting past those roadblocks to continue on their journey to sculpting the life they want for themselves.
So they end up giving up, chalking themselves up as “not good enough for the life of their dreams”.
Fear and insecurity is a coat of many colors and can manifest itself in ways you may not even be aware of. Or maybe you are on some level, but you don’t have enough control over it to put a stop to it. For me my fears and insecurities manifest as procrastination usually and a vague feeling of disorganization and anxiety.
- What if the action I take to move me closer to the life I want is the wrong one?
- What if I screw it up royally?
- What if people don’t like what I put out there?
- What if I don’t do as well as I hope?
- What if, what if, what if…
Yada, yada, yada.
And so I begin a cycle of procrastination and lack of focus that can literally put my progress towards my dreams at a standstill. Momentum falters.
It’s like I’m standing in the middle of the highway, watching cars race past… but I can’t move forward.
I know I need to, and I know WHAT I need to do in order to do so… but I make excuses and allow my emotions and fears to dictate my actions rather than just do what I know is right and true and making it happen.
Mind over Matter
Luckily I’ve had the privilege of knowing some pretty amazing people that have helped me on my journey of self-growth and that have overcome similar obstacles and roadblocks. So I’ve got a roadmap of sorts when it comes to kicking the habit of procrastination and breaking free of self-limiting cycles and behaviors.
And I know the Good Lord’s got my back.
So I KNOW I can transform my dreams into reality if I can just break the cycle of procrastination and insecurity, even momentarily. Long enough to take a step forward.
And so I do.
Maybe it’s just for a day, maybe it’s just for an hour. But I am hungry enough to force out my emotions that are sidelining me and take focused action whenever and wherever I can.
Actions are cumulative… eventually I’ll take enough of them I’ll no longer be harboring pipe dreams, but will actually be living the amazing life of my dreams, based on the new reality I have slowly and painstakingly carved out for myself.
Because I wanted it bad enough.
I was hungry enough to make it happen, no matter what.
And you can be too.
My question to you is what are you doing, right now… to make those dreams and desires happen? Really, I’d like to know. Drop your thoughts in the comments below, mayhap we can help you clarify some goals and give you a kick in the ass to get moving. 😉