“30 Things to Start Doing for Yourself” by Marc Chernoff
24. Start working toward your goals every single day. – Remember, the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Whatever it is you dream about, start taking small, logical steps every day to make it happen. Get out there and DO something! The harder you work the luckier you will become. While many of us decide at some point during the course of our lives that we want to answer our calling, only an astute few of us actually work on it. By ‘working on it,’ I mean consistently devoting oneself to the end result. Read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
I thought about what makes this seem so obvious and yet not readily apparent otherwise we would all be living our dreams and be successful. My theory is that we start living our lives as should’s based on several factors and before we realize what is happening, our should’s become our habits and our habits become our reality. Reality is to adults what dreams are to children and, unfortunately, more often than not, reality gets in the way of our dreams. If we think about how we want to remember our lives, I’m quite sure we would be most proud of a life of passion and purpose and not daily to do’s.
What does this mean? It may mean changing habits, taking chances, pausing to think about what makes us feel alive and happy. Where to start and how to begin? Maybe noting in a notebook ideas, moments, things, people, places and activities that make us feel alive, happy, in the zone and aligned. “If failure weren’t an option, what would you want to do”. How do we wish to remember our life? What would we be doing now that would allow us to reflect on a life without regret? The quality and content of a question can be as valuable as the answer.
My dream changed the course of my life. Now that I’m here, I can’t imagine anywhere else despite never imagining at where I am. I do wonder exactly how my dreams will become reality but I’m also driven by a force that seems to be pulling me along. What I know is that I now live with purpose and passion and it has changed not only the quality of my life but determined the rest of my life and how I will live it.
The photo was taken by a very dear friend and represents persevering through tough times (the fog) to discover the reward for doing so, the sunset. Life is full of options, choices, decisions and opportunities…we are the life we create. BELIEVE!!