Can YOU Really Get the Life You Want? Yes! If…

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You’re excited about the idea of finding and pursuing your passionate purpose. You’ve visited a few websites about it, watched some videos, and maybe even read a book about how to do it. You’ve been dreaming about what your best life would look like.

But…nothing’s changed. You aren’t taking action. Five years ago you were in the same situation and a year from now?

Why?

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
–Amelia Earhart

If you read my blog, social media posts and book, you know I’m a super positive, encouraging, optimistic guy. (And humble!)

But, let’s get real here, ya’ll. Tough love time. IF you really want to live an extraordinary life where you pursue your Passionate Purpose, I can’t sugar coat this.

If you have thought about it – or tried to do it – before and failed, you’ve made excuses.

Here are some that I’ve heard (and used myself from time to time).

  • Only the lucky few get to do that
  • I’m not rich enough
  • I’m afraid I’ll fail
  • I don’t have the right connections
  • I’m not a genius
  • I’m afraid I’ll lose all my money
  • You have to be really talented to do that
  • I don’t know how to do it
  • I’m afraid I’ll get divorced over it
  • I don’t want to sacrifice my wife/husband/kids/relationships to do that
  • I’m not educated enough
  • Now’s not the right time
  • It’s too hard
  • I won’t make enough money to live on if I do that
  • I’m not good enough
  • I don’t deserve it
  • People from my family don’t do that
  • It’s selfish and greedy to want to do that
  • I don’t have enough time to do everything I would need to do
  • I’ll do it someday

Those are just some of the excuses I’ve heard to make people feel better about giving up on their dreams. I’m sure you could help me come up with more. Some of these concerns are real. I don’t want to suggest that going after what you really want is easy and requires no sacrifice. That’s just dreaming.

But, if you really want to pursue your Passionate Purpose and go after that extraordinary life, you have got to cowboy up for a serious ride.

Do you really want to look back on your life and list the excuses why you never tried? Do you want to use your children, spouse and friends as human shields to protect you from your fears of going for something great? Do you really believe that ALL successful people are divorced, greedy, horrible human beings who sacrificed all their values to get where they are in life?

Am I going to stop talking in questions? Yes. Right now.

The reason you aren’t taking action and going after this isn’t because you don’t have talent—nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. It’s not because you aren’t smart enough, don’t know the right people, or don’t have enough money to get started. It’s not because you don’t have enough time. We all have the same 24 hours in each day.

Look, all the excuses really boil down to one. Fear.

Change is scary. All those excuses we listed create fear. Your mind is screaming at you to avoid fear and risk. Subconsciously, your brain is telling you that you get more out of not changing than you think you would get out of changing.

IF you really want this, it’s time to convince yourself these aren’t just wants, they are needs.

Time to convince yourself that the fear and pain that always comes with change is worth it for the chance to live the extraordinary life of your dreams.

Time to convince yourself that NOT changing is risky, too. Imagine living your whole life and NEVER going for what you could have had!

If you are tired of just getting by and letting days, months, and years slip past without achieving what you know you were put on this earth by your Creator to do, then now is the time.

Get your mindset right.
Understand fear creeps in but can be handled.
Determine what you want.
Set your course.
Take action.
GO!

How much longer will you wait?

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Easy Way to Wake Up Energized

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I’m not a morning person!

Very few of us are. My oldest daughter, Faith, definitely isn’t. Yet, she is the one who just reminded me of the easy way to wake up energized. Love where you’re going.

Faith is just about to turn 16. She tends to stay up a bit too late most nights by the time homework and getting ready for bed stuff is done. When we wake her up in the morning she is usually in full grump mode. It takes her a while to become her normal, happy self.

But this morning she got up on her own, came downstairs fully dressed, bright eyed and chipper.

What changed? Where she was going. And how she thought about where she was going.

Going somewhere you’re not excited about – school? Wake up in grump mode.

Going somewhere you are excited about – Starlight acting camp? Wake up energized!

Aren’t you motivated in the same way by what you love to do and look forward to?

Are you looking forward to where you’re going today? Tomorrow? If not, what can you do about that?

You can change where you’re going. You can change what happens where you’re going. You can change your mindset about where you’re going. You can control how you act and react when you get there.

You are in control. You get to choose.

Greg, it’s not that easy. I can’t just change everything today. I have responsibilities and bills and…it’s complicated.

I get you. You’re right. It’s not always easy. But, it’s always worth it. It’s never too late.

(Shameless plug alert!) That’s why I wrote a whole book on how to do this. Click here to buy my book, Go How to Find and Pursue Your Passionate Purpose, on Amazon. You can sample the book for free by requesting it on the right hand side of this page.

Action steps: 

1) Honestly assess your excitement level of getting up in the morning on a scale of 1 to 10.

2) List the reasons you are, and are not, excited in the morning.

3) Brainstorm ways to change your mindset and your environment to increase your morning excitement level.

4) GO!

Questions for comment: When was the last time you woke up energized and looking forward to the day? What did you do to create that experience?