“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.”
Paul Valery, French Poet
“My life sucks.”
“I’m a statistic. I grew up in the inner city and everyone expects me to be on welfare or in jail. Why should I disappoint them?”
“There’s nothing I can do; that’s just the way life is. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.”
“I’m stuck. This is the career I chose when I graduated from college and it’s all I know how to do. If my company goes under, I’m sunk as well.”
“The economy is all that is wrong with my business. Once the government fixes it, things will pick up again – it’d better!”
“I am the creator of my life experience.”
“I am the luckiest person alive. I grew up in the inner city as one of five children. I received a scholarship because of my race and now I’m a respected professional. My grandmother raised me and I will not disappoint her.”
“I have so many ideas they blow my mind on a good day! I have so many options as to what to do with my life that sometimes, I get frazzled trying to implement everything I’m capable of doing. When I’m not making money, I’m gaining knowledge and experience. Life just keeps getting better and better.”
“Looking back, I can see now that getting laid off from my job was the best thing that ever happened to me. I hated fighting traffic every morning to commute to a job that made me feel like a mindless drone. I’ve started my own business, risky – for sure, but well worth it. Even though I’m not making as much money right now, I can see the potential for an even greater income that what I had. Other people have done it, and I can, too.”
“I don’t know where all this media hype is coming from about a bad economy. My small business continues to grow in customers and revenue. I’m so glad I made the investment in marketing and public relations – I definitely dodged a bullet on this one. My company stands on it’s own – no government bailout required here – thank goodness!”
I truly am the luckiest person alive: I am surrounded daily by people who have attitudes in the second set of quotes. Now, to a certain extent, that is by design; I choose very carefully who I converse with on a regular basis. I can always tell when I’ve spent too much time with people in the first group – my attitude begins to suffer. If you’re the most positive person in your group, find a new group. I’m not saying abandon the others altogether, but remember that in order to lead, you must first learn, and then lead yourself.
Any situation that you’re in right now you have created. The moment that we call, “now,” is nothing more than a jumping off point for the future. Everyone talks about “enjoying the now – be here now – etc.” Today, I want to take that a little further.
If you’re living an experience that you truly enjoy, then, yes, enjoy your now. Be present in the moment. You’ve created every aspect of your life as you’re living it now – so enjoy it, relish it, and you’ll get more of it.
However, if what you’re currently living is not exactly to your liking, then now is the time to do something about it. Now is where your power is. Now is when you can do something about it. You can’t do anything in the future because once you get to that future point, it becomes what we call “now.” This is why personal strategic planning is so important.
I see too many people who want to live in a fantasy world – dreaming their dreams. Visualizing their life as they want it to be. Yes – I teach that, too. But at some point, you have to wake up. Stop dreaming and start acting. Now. I hear stories and read emails everyday from people who fail to act on inspired action. Why? Sometimes it’s fear, but most of the time, they chose to stay in the dream world. It’s easy in dream land. When you dream of things as you want them to be, you feel wonderful. In reality, it’s easier to just blame the economy, the government, your boss – whatever.
But the power is yours and your greatest point of power is NOW.
My challenge for you today is to wake up and do something that will change your future. You can’t do anything in the future – you’re not there and you never will be. So stop putting it off, do it now.
Until next time,
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This post was written by Debra Moorhead, Motivation, Education, Inspiration on November 19, 2008