“You are the only problem you will ever have and you are the only solution. Change is inevitable, personal growth is always a personal decision.” ~Bob Proctor
What do you want the most out of life? Is it recognition? Wealth? Peace? Connection? Family? What’s something that you daydream about every single day?
For me, I remember the exact moment I realized I wanted something different for my life. I was sixteen years old, driving home from my part time job and I felt utter disgust. Is this really what working feels like? I hated it.
I hated being cursed out by my boss. I hated having to wait on impatient customers, cleaning up messes, and staying locked up in a tiny box staring at the same old walls day in and day out.
This can’t be all there is.
That night when I got home, I pulled out my computer and did a search. I hate my job. And my journey for a new purpose began.
Decide Now What You Want
“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.” ~ Napoleon Hill
Have you ever experienced that? That slap in the face where you recognize, Oh… this is NOT where I want to be! It’s not pleasant. In fact, it’s terrifying, but also enlightening.
When you recognize that you’re not where you want to be, you can start making the changes to get where you want to go. But… where’s that?
Well, what do you want? 🙂
I certainly can’t tell you. You’re gonna to have to figure out for yourself my friend. Do you want to be a pilot? Do you want to be a chemical engineer, artist, therapist, musician, athlete? What is it that you day dream about?
You might be thinking, yeah well, that’s great and all but there are so many things that I want, how do I choose? What’s right?
Good questions. I’ve wondered the same thing. In fact, it left me blundering around for many years after my sixteen year old crisis. And you know what?
It was a complete waste of my time.
Granted, I learned a lot, but here’s the biggest lesson I wished I would have learned and applied sooner.
Get Up And DO Something
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” ~ Lao Tzu
Stressing and worrying over your choices causes only anxiety and depression. I finally figured out that if I wanted to get what I wanted, I had to start doing something. Even if it took me in the wrong direction. For the time being, it was something. And that’s key.
Find that first step into the life that you’re seeking and take it.
If you want to date more people, join an online dating site. There’s tons of them out there! Want to be a musician? Take a class. Practice.
If you don’t know where to go, don’t wait around. Get up and Do Something! You have to act.
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” ~ Helen Keller
When you’re up and moving in the right direction, you’re going to be tempted to stop. Things will block your path. You Must Keep Moving Forward.
Nothing will happen in your life until you start getting results. People won’t notice you until you give them something to see. Now what do I mean by that?
An artist can’t enter a gallery without paintings. A musician can’t perform until they have a repertoire of music. A mechanic can’t work without experience and knowledge. A writer can’t sell their work until they write. And on and on.
It takes practice and determination. It takes a drive to get the results that you want. It’s how Thomas Edison managed to invent the light-bulb. How Henry Ford built his automobile. They couldn’t have done that without starting their journey and seeing it through to the end.
If you’re concerned about getting on the wrong path, don’t worry. Keep your heart open to insight and impressions. If it feels wrong, then adjust your course.
Don’t let your fears keep you from taking that first step.
And once you’ve found that path, have the courage to see your journey through to the end.
You can do it 🙂
While working on this article, I found a bunch of other resources that had more insight into this topic. If you’d like to learn more, please check them out, they have some really insightful tips.
Also, if you have any book suggestions or articles on the topic I’d love to hear it! As always, thanks for reading!
- What Do You Want to Want
- You Probably Know to Ask Yourself What Do I Want, Here’s A Way Better Question
- What Do You Want and Why
- The Top 10 Things People Want More of In Life
- 10 Scientifically Proven Ways to be Incredibly Happy