I’m sure I’m not the only one.
There are days when I wish I was other than where I am.
Days when I look at what I owe (gulp!), or what job I do (sigh), or even just assess my general level of happiness with the particulars of my life and I come up wanting.
Wanting more. Wanting different. Wanting something other than what is.
And somedays I dream about the magic solution. You know the one, just wave the magic wand and have the knight in shining armour ride up to rescue me or the lottery website to shout out “yes, it’s you! you’ve won!”. It’s not very practical, but it can be emotionally satisfying. Until the water in the tub gets cold and it’s time to pull the plug and dry off and get back to the practicalities of daily living.
The answer of what to do is pretty obvious. It’s not even hugely difficult.
But it’s not at all sexy. Or fun. And the very simple steps it requires may spell the ultimate defeat.
It’s living life differently.
It’s not going out to dinner so often or not buying that fun gadget so that more money can be applied to debt.
It’s choosing the carrot sticks and pickled beets (okay, I adore pickled beets but some change is fun and tasty!) and saying no to the chocolate cake. Not every day, perhaps, but most days. Where most days = almost all.
It’s doing the small thing today that contributes to the future you want.
It’s NOT saying “I’ll start tomorrow”.
It’s about living today the life you want tomorrow.
And you know what? Sometimes living that life you think you want teaches you that you really don’t want it after all.
Being slim and fit requires (for those of us not endowed with a high metabolism and high athletic ability) EFFORT! Daily commitment to eating right and exercise. Daily. Every day. As in that is your life. You don’t get to the slim & fit by not living the lifestyle of the slim and fit. Just doesn’t work that way. Alas and alack.
I don’t get to be debt free by spending money rather than saving it and applying it to my debt. Just doesn’t work that way.
Our dreams don’t come true unless we live their lifestyle now, as in today.
And sometimes when we live that lifestyle we discover that we really don’t like it.
If I don’t like the lifestyle needed for my dream then I’d best be changing my dream, hadn’t I? After all, the dream is an image I’m attempting to create. If I don’t like what it takes to live that way, why do it? Time to think of something else that will make me happy, to dream of, where dreaming of means actively taking steps to make it happen.
Or maybe my dream is my life right now. Ummmm, no. I have more dreams than this. Time to go make them happen.
To change direction in life doesn’t require a winning lottery ticket, a rich and generous uncle, or meeting the perfect person at Starbucks. It requires taking a step today that will, if followed up with similar steps every successive day, take you somewhere different.
And hopefully somewhere you wanted to go.
Where are your steps leading you today?