Well, it is July already. July 2014. Does time go quickly for you? Or is it dragging on? My opinion is that time drags when you aren’t really enjoying what you are doing. And how many people are stuck in life doing exactly that-what they severely dislike or actually despise?
Somebody shared a survey at one of my mind seminars recently, quoting that some 74% of people are stuck in jobs they don’t like. How horrific. And how sad. Now, when you consider that this life is not a dress rehearsal-it is the real thing- there is no encore and no second curtain to be raised-don’t you think you should be doing what you want to do rather than what you feel you have to do?
Think of how many hours you will spend at work? The minimum is 40 a week. That’s about 172 a month. 2064 a year! Over 5 years that’s a whopping 10,320 doing something you don’t enjoy! Is it worth spending all that precious time being miserable, stressed out and just wondering what life would be like if you left?
If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you try and achieve?
Now I have a strong feeling that if you were to be brutally honest with yourself-there is something else you would like to be doing in the back of your mind? That crushed dream that never quite seems to go away; the one that creeps into the forefront of your thoughts from time to time? The squashed dream is triggered perhaps in those rare quiet times, when you are screaming to yourself with the ever recurring, “Surely there must be more to life than this?” Or perhaps it is reignited when you are day dreaming in the traffic jam on the way to the job you hate?
There is, isn’t there? There is something there, lying dormant in your mind? Something else that you would rather be doing? Something in fact that in those times you are evaluating your life, you just know you should be doing.
So what is stopping you? Is it fear? Is it because you have bills to pay, a mortgage that must be paid each month or the rental of your abode? Or is it that doubting voice that keeps pulling you down and filling you with too much caution and apprehension? Is it a lack of self-belief? Or is it because your job pays you a good salary that keeps you trapped in a materialistic world?
All of these excuses can be overcome. The greatest achievers in the world were once filled with doubt and maybe even some fear at times, too. But they acted anyway. They gave it a shot. It’s as if they knew they had something to give to the world; their fellow human beings.
Now I am not suggesting you haphazardly leave your job tomorrow without any thought; that could be foolhardy.
But what I am asking you is this:
How much longer are you going to ignore these nudges that life sends you, to move in a direction that is fulfilling and worthwhile? For how much longer are you going to repress these urges to start that business, change careers or do something you are passionate about?
There will come a time, if you don’t at least try, that you will deeply regret not giving that dream a go. Or at least not filling your time doing something you enjoyed. You can choose to be filled with that regret in your Autumn years, or you can choose to be filled with a sense of pride and self-fulfillment that you gave it your best shot. And while you were giving it your best you were enjoying the journey. And besides, you may actually build your own legacy in the process, who knows?
I know what I choose.
In fact because of these urges and nudges from life I have decided to ‘give it a go’.
I refuse to be filled with any kind of ‘what if I had only just...’