When you are just EXISTING, life happens to you…….When you are truly LIVING, you happen to life. ~Steve Maraboli
I found this quote and loved it! So many of us have dreams and goals we want to achieve but we get stuck in a rut. It seems like we are waiting for some magical moment in the future to start living our lives. This was my life for years. I went through the motions and the days rolled by. I got comfortable but being comfortable wasn’t getting me anywhere!
The key to moving from letting the days pass you by to creating a meaningful life that you’ll look back on with pride is taking action Sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it?
Of course it’s easier said than done. The biggest problem is that we’re all very good at coming up with excuses about why we can’t do what we actually would like to do. We come up with the excuses because they keep us safe. They keep us from trying new things and taking risks. They keep us from having to deal with possible disappointment.
For the longest time, I did not want to take professional pictures. I know it sounds crazy but I felt like I wouldn’t be “small” enough in the pictures. I realized that this “feeling” was keeping me from doing something that I really wanted to do and I just decided to do it. Who cared that I didn’t look “small enough”? I was missing out on something over some silly feeling.
The difference between existing and living is in the DOING! Who cares if you’re a little out of shape and overweight? Who cares if you’re doing something by yourself because you don’t have a group of friends interested in the same things you are. Who cares if everyone around you has an opinion about what you’re doing. Do it anyway!
Start truly living your life to the fullest instead of simply existing. I challenge you to pick one thing, one activity, just something and do it this week. Do it today if you can. Take action and take charge of your life and your purpose.
Here are three things you can do right now to move from existing to truly living.
Spend Time Figuring Out What You Want.
What’s most important to you? What do you want to do with your life? Do you want financial security? Is it your family? Do you want to make a difference? Do you want the freedom of choice? It’s easy to focus on what you don’t want….ignore that and focus on what you want.
Do What’s Most Important To You Everyday
Your dream may be pursuing a certain career or a certain hobby in your spare time. It may be traveling or getting more education. If your ultimate dream is to enjoy your time on this planet with your family members, then do it as much as possible! The trick is doing something every day that brings you closer your dreams. By doing something everyday, you never lose sight of what’s important to you!
Shift Your Mindset
In the end, it all comes down to an important shift in your mindset. It’s not enough to just talk about your dream….you have to believe they can actually happen. It’s your faith and your belief in you that will bring your dreams to life.
We’ve got an awesome Facebook community of GOal Getters who support and encourage each other to make their dreams a reality. I would love to see you there! Check out GOal For It!
Yolanda, I truly believe this word was for me. Thank you for your encouragement. I always say I want to LIVE, but I don’t take the steps to do that. I made a few changes. I’m believing GOD for a difference in my life. Love Ya!
I know exactly what that is like….wanting it but not moving. Just take one step. You’ll be surprised how it turns into several steps and before you know it, you’ve accomplished that thing you wanted! I’m here cheering for you!