“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman
The day that changes everything.
The greatest day in the world is the one when you realize the massive potential of your own life.
You wake up, splash some water on your face and stare intently at the man in the mirror. And you know, without a doubt, that today is different. Change is so thick in the air that you slice through it with each step. This is a powerful moment.
You’ve got to start somewhere, and you better start now.
Every person must respond personally to this overwhelming call to action. You can blow it off or make excuses like 99% of the world. Or you can bravely take action, choosing to push aside the distractions and make the most of your life starting now.
Wondering how to take the plunge and regain your life? Here’s how to start:
Start doing stuff that makes you come alive. Start your own business, write a book, compose a song, invent a new dish. It doesn’t matter what you think the world needs, the world needs people in it who are fully alive. People who are in love what they do.
Start saying things that matter. Don’t waste your breath with useless chatter. Seriously. Speak words that build people up, challenge them, or make their lives better.
Start believing in things that are true. Truth matters, it matters more than you could ever imagine. Search relentlessly for truth in all things. Explore the meaning behind our existence ( yes, there is meaning behind everything).
Start making the most of what you’ve got. So what, you might not be the most savvy businessman around. Don’t let that stop you from your life long dream of starting your own company. I’m not the best writer, but I try to make up for it with spunk and passion. Use the gifts you’ve been given, big or small, and focus on doing what you love. You really can’t go wrong.
Start being content with where you are. There is a risk involved with turning your life around: sometimes, you put off being happy until you reach the destination. Be careful. Enjoy every step along the way towards your dream. You might be surprised how quickly your motivation runs dry if you don’t fuel yourself with joy and inner peace.
Start living the life you want to live. You might want people to be interested in you. Or, like me, you may want people to read your blog. Don’t wait around for recognition (or permission) before you start living the life you’ve always imagined. Quit your day job, live with less, travel the world, dare to reject the norm – then, and only then will people follow.
Stop checking your email a thousand times a day. Time waits for no one. Every distraction, every excuse, every wayward step opens the door. It opens the door for you to slip back into the same old patterns and routines that made your life so stale and ordinary in the first place.
Stop waiting for the perfect moment. Repeat after me – “there’s no such thing as the perfect moment.” Never was, never will be. You need to stop making excuses like: I’ll wait until my kids get older; or, I’ll wait until I’m more financially secure; or, (my personal favorite) I’ll wait until I’m a bit older and wiser. Don’t wait for everything to come together, you can learn on the fly. Start now and in no time you’ll be working from home, living the minimalist dream, and focusing on the stuff that matters.
The editor of Ethical Living, and pursuer of relatively interesting information, Simon has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing and Journalism from the University of Wales, and is a photo-journalist and writer whose written and photographic work has been represented by the AFP news agency and appeared in newspapers across Europe and Asia.