A 30-something digital nomad? Yep.
A 40-something online entrepreneur? So do I.
A 50-something that defies standards? When I get there, yes.
Then you need to get busy, especially if you’re, ahem, not 20-something.
If you ARE content with your life at this moment in time, that’s brilliant, cool and simply maaaaavelous, but please stop reading right now. This post isn’t for you, because you’re already busy living.
But if you have a dream. If there is something you truly want to do, but haven’t done it, you SHOULD be reading this.
Today I only want to encourage you to take that first step, which is more like a life-changing leap. If you have a strong desire for success but are not making IT happen, the only thing stopping you is that pesky, old reptilian brain of yours. Those Primal emotions are part of our makeup and they always sneak in when THAT moment arrives.
The lizard brain doesn’t like dreams. Please don’t let it dominate your life.
Nervousness, apprehension, and anxiety are part of our complex chemistry. There’s no way around it and those feelings don’t go away; but we can work to tame the fear and get on with life. And why not get on with life in a big way?
As a kid, I was a fat bundle of emotion and lived a solitary existence. I did dream big though. All. The. Time.
When I was a teenager, I had visions of great things, but they were more like fantasy. School was like a penitentiary and so was social life, but I was happy in my own little dream cell, a prison of it’s own.
I tried to be cool in my twenties, but was antisocial. I pretended to care, but was only superficial. I tried to be someone I wasn’t and instead of moving, I lived in a state of stagnation. I was a daydreamer who never acted. My big ideas never came to fruition.
The thirties brought in a tidal wave of regret. Dissatisfaction for never pushing through. Bitterness for not standing my ground. Anguish for never speaking up. I was a tough guy, but a doormat at the same time. An actor, playing a part. A dreamer who didn’t act.
Around 41 something kicked-in and I wanted to toss aside that big pile of regrets. I had a Peter Finch moment. An “I’m Mad as Hell and I’m not going to take it anymore” moment.
Ever have a moment like this that lasted?
Ever feel like you’ve had it up to here, but instead of cowering you decided to stand up and be strong?
Ever feel like taking on the world, finally?
Ever feel like vaulting into the unknown?
On the wrong side of 45, I feel a tidal swell that’s a firm 180 degrees from where I was 10 years ago. And it’s gone way beyond the “I’m not going to take it anymore” stage.
Are you at that stage? If you’re not, figure out what is stopping you, kick whatever it is in the sorry old ass and say, “I’m not going to take it anymore!” Get some fire in your belly.
That first step is really more like a major league power slide. A spring to action that is oh so empowering.
What’s your story?
If you have always wanted to change, but have never acted on it, I would say it IS time to make things happen.
If you’re young and don’t have a ton of responsibility, but do have a ton of ambition, well, get busy.
If you’ve acted before, but took a fall. Get back up, brush yourself off and use that experience to make it all go better this time.
Big dreams are extraordinary, but mean nothing without action.
Hop skip and jump directly into uncertainty and give it a karate chop.
Let discomfort know it can no longer mess with you.
Tell them both to take a flying leap. Not next month. Not next week. Not tomorrow. Now!
Make that first move that’s more like a gymnastic vault to the other side of potential.
Feel the pins and needles, embrace those nervous butterflies, push through and kick that old lizard brain in the chops. A 102-year-old I know says if you simply do IT over and over, soon those butterflies will fly in formation.
You want that, right? Well, what’s stopping you?
Want to amp yourself up for change?
Rock your own world?
To stop dreaming and start doing?
Well make that jump; and don’t look back!
What is that special something you want to do?
Are you content with your life at this moment?
If you’ve turned dreams into action, what is your formula for success?