If I was given the opportunity to go back in time, I would do many things differently. I’m sure many of you will agree that you would love to do the same.
But while we sit around and twiddle our thumbs waiting for someone to invent the time machine (someone should really get on that), we’re stuck with what we’ve got — today.
So instead of having the ability to leap across increments of time, we have the ability to do something equally (if not more) amazing.
The ability to change the future.
Yes. We can do literally anything we want. This freedom is pretty scary. And hard.
It is easier to be sad than to be happy.
Being happy is hard. Being happy means listening to what YOU want to do, not what society, school, parents, friends, media, co-workers, or anyone else tells you. Being happy is ignoring the noise and doing what you want. Even if it’s atypical, weird, unlikely to succeed, risky, not what you went to college for, or frowned upon. And ESPECIALLY if it’s hard.
So today I decided to write a little list. And I called it “My Life List” because I wasn’t worrying about the title at the time, but it’s really a list of ACTIONS that I will be doing in the near future. Actions that will change my life.
It should really be called, My Leap List.
- So pick a soon-ish time-frame. This week, This month, This quarter (3mo).
- Write down anything, small or large that makes you happy, smile, and feel good about yourself and your life. Write down the hard decisions, the ones that took a lot of thinking, the ones you made after many hours of soul-searching and talking it out or writing about it.
- Turn those into action steps, goals, promises to yourself.
- Establish urgency. Commit to doing them TOMORROW. If you’re reading this in the morning, TODAY.
I can sit here and tell you to get off your butt all day, but no one can change your life except yourself. Sometimes there is a time where there is too much thought and not enough doing.
So do it.
And if you need permission, I’m giving it to you. It’s okay to do what you want. Seriously.