Go for it! Take action!
Maybe you read my last post, How To Get Started and you are ready to make a change in your life. Be it a small change or a significant change, until now you’ve only been thinking about it. Thinking and dreaming- that’s the easy part; we all dream, so the question we should be asking, is, “what will I do about this?”
Life is not meant to be a spectator event. I’m sure you would agree, but the lifestyles we often live in are the opposite. How many hours have we spent being spectators? We watch sports events, attend concerts, and watch TV. We read the Internet and read books. As for doing something ourselves, we think game-changing people are special people. That is not true, and it does not have to be that way!
According to one statistic, the average adult spends 24.4 hours per week watching TV, 8.1 hours a week on sporting events, and about 2 hours per week browsing the net. That’s a lot of time-consuming consumption. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is projecting that 3/4 of the American population will likely be overweight or obese by 2020.
THERE IS GOOD NEWS; YOU ARE NOT A STATISTIC!
You weren’t meant to be a statistic; you have a purpose. The ability to choose is a beautiful attribute of life: we decide to be lazy, or we choose to act, we can choose to be fearful, or we choose to believe and act. You can become a producer and not only a consumer!
What is it that you want to start or improve in life?
- A sport
- Public speaking
- Career advancement
- Starting a business
- ____________ you fill in the blank.
It’s crucial to know you can achieve that goal, but it’s going to require you to act. Making a decision can be difficult because we fear change, or we think we don’t have all the right pieces in place, so we put off delivering the result we desire.
I like what I read recently, “Most decisions are changeable. It’s better to deliver something real today over something maybe better later.” Wade Foster, Zapier
ADD A DISRUPTER
You have today, not tomorrow, and if you are waiting for tomorrow, you probably won’t start then either. You have to disrupt the cycle; if you don’t, you won’t see any change. But how do you disrupt the cycle? Is that something we can even do?
Many of us are creatures of habit, and quite possibly, we’ve gotten a bit lazy. We dream big, but we feel comfortable in the same predictable life with the same routine, day in and day out. We watch the days roll by like waves on the sea. It’s like life is happening to us, but we have no say in the matter.
There is a story about a guy who observed the field of a particular man. At one time, this field was alive and producing much fruit, but over time things changed. He said he went past the field and noticed that the ground had become covered in weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. Thorns were everywhere, and it was a neglected mess. The writer goes on to say the owner got comfortable, lazy, and fell asleep. The owner of the land began to neglect what he had, and that’s when the troubles started.
Don’t let that happen to you. Your life is a garden, tend it and take care of it. If it has become overgrown, your life doesn’t have to continue in that condition. If that’s you, it’s time to take action and disrupt it.
DISRUPT YOUR LIFE
How do you add that disrupter to your life? You have to start doing things differently. Here are some ideas you can start today.
Get up 30 minutes earlier. Do you sleep in every morning only giving yourself enough time to get ready and rush out the door for work? Disrupt that habit. Get up twenty minutes earlier and go jog or spend time reflecting and journaling.
Lose/gain weight. If we want to lose weight, there are certain foods you need to remove from your diet. We don’t have to wait to do that; we can start now. It could be as easy as drinking one less soda today. The idea is to take control of your day and make choices that change your future.
Eat your lunch outside. Do you eat your lunch at your desk? Take your lunch out and go for a twenty-minute walk or even a short jog. Getting fresh air will help clear your mind and provide many other health benefits. Find some local parks near your place of employment. If you are looking for inspiration for where to get outside and you live in the Pensacola Bay area, check out our article 5 Popular Places To Run, Walk, or Bike.
I think you get the idea! Now it’s your opportunity to go against the grain and to become more than a spectator!
Ready, Set, Go!