Picture this; you have the opportunity to choose between fixing something from your past or foresee your future. Which do you choose? Mending past mistakes would alter who we are and the lives we lead in this very moment. Glaring into a crystal ball at our future selves would change how we approach the 24 hours we have in front of us.
Remember Adam Sandler’s character in the movie Click?
The universal remote allowed him to fast-forward to certain parts of his life, but complications arose. Upon returning to normal life, the appreciation for his family and the time he has deepened.
Every day that we’re given is a blessing, each day a chance to shape and mold our lives to attain our dreams and aspirations. Every decision we make impacts our future in some way, shape, or form. Success is abundant, and happiness isn’t some esoteric illusion.
So let me ask you, are you really living or are you just existing?
Here are a few tips to rejuvenate your life in 2021.
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Stop Overthinking, Start Doing
I hear it all too often, “but what if.” People immediately put limitations on their potential by thinking of all the things that could go wrong. Fear and emotions cloud our judgment. We become terrified of failure and being critiqued. Thus keeping us from trying to begin with.
We spend more time judging ourselves and trying to figure out the process of doing the work and being creative than letting it flow. By contemplating every decision, you stall yourself at 50/50. Trying to play both sides, you put yourself at 0.
No matter how much analysis and pondering we do, it’s important to be comfortable with uncertainty. The biggest mistake you could ever make is fearing you’ll make one.
Mistakes are what we grow from. Make a decision, and don’t look back — you’ll never know the other side of it.
Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
Crazy is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. To advance and level up in life, you have to break patterns. Dare to explore and challenge yourself. Go against the grain and step outside the lines.
When we become complacent, we create a pattern of comfortability. The average person lives the same year 65 times and calls it a life.
Even in failure, confidence ensues from doing something that makes you uncomfortable. Ask that person out, pursue that dream job, take that trip, start writing that book. The best things in life are placed on the other side of fear.
One of my favorite quotes comes from Jim Carrey saying:
“So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect, so we never dare to ask the universe for it.”
Dare to ask the universe for it.
When you’re standing on the cliff of life, and you see people soaring by — they have jumped. What do I mean by that? When you see people doing great things, going to exotic places, and are living out their dreams… it means they’ve committed.
It means they’re all in on making their dreams become a reality. There’s no room for uncertainty or a negative mindset. Put your feet edge of that cliff and jump. Your ambition and refusal to quit will act as your parachute.
But the ugly and most awful truth you will find is that your parachute will not deploy right away.
I wish I could tell you it did, but it doesn’t.
You’ll get cut up from the rocks. Life will challenge you and push you to your limits, don’t let it deter you from your dreams and happiness.
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Wake up every day and ask yourself, “how ya’ living.” If you believe there’s more to your life than what it is, strive to make a change and work towards making every day count.
This post was previously published on Medium.
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