Have your best years passed you? Do you feel like it’s too late? Do you think you’re too young or too old or inexperienced?
- Guess what? Your best years haven’t passed you, it isn’t too late and certainly you are not too young, too old or inexperienced.
- As an Empowerment and Motivation Strategist, I help people get unstuck, create positive paths in achieving their goals and become masters of persistence.
- In this post you will learn how to Start Living Your Life–NOW.
To paraphrase author Jon Acuff who says, “Age is no longer the primary factor that determines who you are or where you are in life. It’s about WHEN you decide to live.” Jon Acuff, Start, Lampo 2013, p.25.
Here are the three ways to Start Living Your Life Now:
Believe in yourself: You want to start or restart something. Push past your discomfort, growing through your discomfort. You don’t want to regret that you never took action on your passions. . . . https://zenhabits.net/believe/ 05/05/18. Remember, when you’re starting or restarting something, you’ll feel slow and awkward. You’re in the learning phase and that’s okay.
Put the end first: Fire-Aim-Ready. It’s similar to learning how to drive. Why Fire first? Because most people will stay in the Ready-Aim zone and never Fire. You’ve got to do things that are unfamiliar and downright scary and deal with the bumps and scratches as you learn. Give yourself permission to mess up. All successful people had to go through a lot of trial and error to get their “over night” successes.
Turn your Want/s into Reality: Be clear on what you want. Do you really want it? Or would you like to have it? That is, wouldn’t it be nice to have 50,000 followers on your blog Liking and Loving all of your blog posts–and eager to buy your products? This is unlikely to happen in the first month or so. It could be years, if ever. Or, are you willing to work through the challenges and setbacks of growing your audience as you build relationships and your tribe, one person at a time. It’s also possible you may not get 50,000 followers. However, your job is to live your life and not be caught up in the numbers. Let’s dig in and fine out your WHY. Here’s how to do it:
- Find your reason WHY: That is why do you want to do start or restart something? Knowing your WHY will give you the strength and determination to turning your want/s into Reality. Example:
- My WHY #1: I’m building a blog to bring joy into people’s lives by sharing uplifting and inspiring articles.
- My WHY #2: To create a culture and community bringing like minded people together.
As in the blog example, your WHY or WHYs will keep you going during the times when no one notices or cares about your blog. Your WHY/s will have you laughing at and blocking the trolls– disruptive troublemakers on the Internet. Your WHY/s will get you over the writer’s block, etc.
How do you start? Just do it. Want to start or get back to your blog? Guess what? You’re in 20’s in blog years. Attr. to John Acuff, Start, Lampo 2013.
Let’s say you want to speak outside of your local Toastmasters club, but you fear the “real world” will heckle you, throw things at you and walk out of the room while you’re still speaking. Even if this is true, how will you ever speak outside of your club and become a better or a professional speaker if you won’t give speeches or presentations in the “real world”? Is it because you’re too busy–ahem, scared? Cut yourself some slack–you’re 15 years old in public speaking years.
You have the Three tools to start living your life–Now.
- Believe in Yourself. You can do it. Push through your discomfort–embrace it.
- Turn your want/s into reality–When you want it bad enough, you will do whatever it takes. Your WHY/s will take you to the finish line.
- Start or Restart your projects and goals–remember, you might be 20 years old in blogging, 15 years old in public speaking, or a newborn in photography. Take action–regardless of your “skill set stage.”