Building Success and Building Momentum

Photo by Benedikt Geyer

Going through life with the thought of retirement orients our goals to seeking enjoyment in doing less of what we dislike and more of what we enjoy. But if the goal is just to not do any work at all, we are self-sabotaging. In order to feel satisfied we need security and growth. Growth requires that we move outside of our comfort zone. It is growth that gives us satisfaction.

When we see busy people we sometimes see people who need to work harder. People who don’t have the luxury to do nothing all day. Similarly how in some cultures being on the heavy side equals being healthy, the science doesn’t back up the collective belief that time is conquered when you have plenty of it and nothing to spend it on.

Engaging in opportunities, talking to people, taking risks – every new endeavor accounts to the success that we want to create, to the happiness we are pursuing. When people tell you to slow down, unless there are serious concerns which you should address, take it as words of encouragement. You’re going farther and faster than those around you. You only need to keep up with yourself.

Taking Action – The Easy Cure for Procrastination

Photo by Avel Chuklanov

‘This isn’t the right time’

‘I am not ready’

‘I am not smart enough’

Some of the gems from my self-doubt collection had too long of a life within me. Then we hear stories of people who lost everything and build themselves up from the ashes.

The thing is, we don’t have to wait until we lose everything. We don’t need to be victims to become heroes.

We don’t need to be robbed from our possessions to stand up for ourselves and for what we believe.

Time to change is now.

‘This is my time’

‘I am ready’

‘I am smart enough’

Taking Chances

Photo by Clark Young

It is not all that risky. Missing out on opportunities because of how we might feel as a result of them is what it sounds like: a missed opportunity. Opportunities are not only to succeed are fail, they’re opportunities to learn.

Have you ever wanted to do something badly and then concluded that you don’t have enough time to perfect it? And by time, I don’t mean a full day, but years of progress. Except that when we are harsh on ourselves we think in the now. We see that we couldn’t finish a puzzle in a day or learn a language in a week and we assume that this is it – the more we try, the more we set ourselves up to failure.

Wrong. The more we try, the higher the chances of success. Take a chance and persist. Don’t stop until you reach the outcome you wanted. Let time, failure and effort work in your favor.

How to Make the Right Decision

Photo by Javier Allegue Barros

Are you lingering over the thought of ‘what if’ and ‘what could it be’? Are you having the occasional feeling of guilt regarding decisions that you already made while you are going forward with your decision regardless? Stop.

Our path in life is not pre-designed. Is just as contoured as our thoughts. There are two things that will take us where we want to go:

  1. Know where you’re going
  2. Stick to the plan

There are times when two paths can lead to the same destination. Each road we take is a new experience – different landscape, different people that we’ll bump into, different constructs. Would we go down a road half way through and then drive around to take the other street because we’re very curious of what’s the other option like? Unlikely. But if you’re feeling is so strong that give you the power of going through with the change, do it. Otherwise pack it and dispose of it together with all the other possibilities of how your life could have been.

And remember, there is no right decision, there is just the obvious decision given the time and circumstances you live in.