As Angel and I watched a rerun of the Academy Awards last night, we both noticed an obvious commonality between many of the speeches the winners on stage made when they accepted their awards. If you stripped the details out of each speech, 90% of them boiled down to:
“I am so thankful. My whole life has been leading up to this moment.”
The most interesting thing about this sentiment, in my opinion, is that regardless of a human being’s social status, wealth, age, or unique situation, their whole life has undoubtedly been leading up to every present moment of their life. Think about that for a second. This reality might seem more significant on stage at a high-stakes awards ceremony, but it’s equally significant to all of us. Every single thing you’ve gone through in life – every high, every low, and everything in between – has all led you to the moment you’re experiencing right now.
This means that you are exactly where you need to be to get to where you want to go. It’s just a matter of taking one new step in the right direction, and another, and another.
So, never assume that you’re stuck with the way things are right now. You aren’t.
Things can change if you want them to, at any age. Life changes every single moment, and so can YOU!
The key is to embrace these powerful realities and not procrastinate…
Think about a change you want to make in your life, or a goal you want to achieve.
Then watch this quick video Angel and I recorded for you, and let us ask a simple yet powerful question that just might change your perspective about everything…
Now that you’ve watched the video, and have been slapped with a little healthy perspective, it’s time to revisit that important change or goal of yours, and then face the truth…
How old will you be in 10 years if you don’t do it?
Exactly 10 years older than you are today – the same exact age you’ll be in 10 years if you actually follow through and DO IT!
But instead of feeling proud of the lessons you’ve learned and the progress you’ve made, you’ll feel an inevitable sense of regret that comes from never even trying.
Time will have passed with nothing new to show for it.
You will have grown older, without getting any closer to what you ultimately want.
Let that sink in for a moment.
The Next Step to What You Want
If you’ve been frustrated by the same mediocre results for too long, yet nothing is changing in your life, it’s probably not that you haven’t been given enough answers, but that you’ve been asking yourself the wrong questions.
Remember, it takes a great deal of courage and grit to admit that something needs to change, and a lot more courage and grit still, to accept responsibility for making this change happen. Yes, growth and change may be hard sometimes, but nothing in life is as hard as staying stuck where you don’t belong.
All details aside, when it comes to making a meaningful change in your life – earning a new degree, building a new business, fostering a new relationship, starting a family, becoming more mindful, or any other personal journey that takes time and commitment – you have to start asking yourself the right questions, and then you have to build daily rituals into your life that reinforce your realizations.
What do you want to change or achieve in your life?
How old will you be in 10 years if you don’t do it (and never even try)?
And, perhaps most importantly…
Are you willing to spend a little time every day like many people won’t, so you can spend the rest of your life like many people can’t?
Once you have your mind wrapped around the first two questions, and you’ve decided to say “YES” to the third question, it’s time to start building positive daily rituals into your life so you can finally make real progress.
Because goals don’t make positive changes happen, daily rituals do.
Watch this quick video Angel and I recorded for you, and let us explain…
(Note: Angel and I build small, daily, life-changing rituals with our students in the “Goals and Growth” module of Getting Back to Happy.)
If you’re feeling up to it, we would love to hear from YOU.
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