Everything you do leads you to a future.
We will discuss this a thousand times- every single moment of our lives is a choice, as far as how we view the world, and how we respond to what happens. Every action we carry out affects the entire world, as a pebble thrown in a still pond reaches to the grass at its edges. It is vitally important that we are continually asking ourselves if what we are doing now is getting us closer or further from our goals. If the current moment isn’t teaching you, it’s more likely that your perspective needs to be adjusted rather than the environment.
What do you hide from yourself? There is little we can do about the people or environment around us, other than leave. What we do control is our internal chatter, our posture, our perspective, and attitude. Hearing what our heart and soul are telling us takes patience, discipline, and slowing down enough to listen. As the old saying goes “slow down to speed up.” Efficiency comes from effectiveness.
Why do you do what you do now? The answers you find might be a bit of a shocker. If you hear multiple opinions when you ask yourself this, it most likely stems from being easily influenced by others opinions. Personally, this is something that I have found to be a big challenge, knowing when to trust what others are saying, and knowing when to decide for myself. I believe that God is both separated from us and within all of us as is the rest of nature. As said in Luke 17:21: “Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”
Listen to your inner self, listen to what feels right. If you’re having trouble starting, leave me a message down below. The better you understand yourself, the clearer your vision will become, and the better you will know where and with whom to spend your time.
Take the initiative now, there are always weeds.
With every garden, there are the plants we desire, and the plants that come up with them. With every excellent source of inspiration in our lives, there are five other outlets telling us why we can’t succeed. Where there are kind people to be around, comes five more who want to bring you down. I firmly believe that there is good and potential in everyone, but not everyone realizes themselves, at least initially. Not everyone can be helped by your method of giving. With every flower comes several weeds.
Protect your crop, your ideas, and put them into action. Keep them healthy, and pull the weeds out when you see them. Do the hard work early, and you will enjoy a very bountiful harvest. This is a topic for another time, but would you rather have the pain of discipline or the pain of regret?
All of us have more to do than we can get done in a day. All of us have the same 168 hours in a week, and so what we do with that time is entirely up to us. What you watch and read, who you spend time with, what you listen to, and what you put into your body are all contributors to your neurochemical mindset. With that said, where is your attention? If you are unhappy with your life, and yet wait until the demands come to do the work, are you being honest with yourself?
The hardest part of any story is the beginning. First comes the dream. Next is the struggle, followed by the victory, whatever it may be. Notice how there is no immediate dream to victory. If that were the truth, everyone’s dreams would come true, and there would be no need for me to write about it. The conditions of our mental state are determined by how we treat ourselves, and our self-image and self-efficacy determines whether or not we push through the struggle to see the sunrise.
Specifically, decide how you would like your life to go.
Laying a good foundation requires a plan. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it certainly wasn’t built on a whim, even if it started out as an idea. I’m going to make this very clear: If you aren’t specific about how your life will go, if you don’t have a plan, you will become a part of someone else’s plan. Write it out. Make lists. Look for values, not appearances. Sure, we’re attracted to what catches our eye, but if you want longevity, invest in likeminded people.
Deep within your subconscious, billions of neurons below your daily routines is every single event that has happened and will happen to you. Your whole life is inside of you, and we are a projection of what is going on internally, and while that may be a bit confusing, you might find this paper useful. Without diving too deeply into neuro quantology and theories of ancient religions and philosophies, take from this that we have control over our lives, just as we have control over our bodies. Some of it is autonomous, while the majority, the critical parts are for us to decide.
It is scary at first when you begin to realize how much control you have over your future. Every success, every failure, comes back to you. Sure, everything around us influences us, but what we do with what we’re given is up to us. What are you waiting for? Get serious about your future! Stop hoping that something great will fall into your lap, make it happen! Plant seeds now, today, for what you do now constantly redefines where you will be years from now.
If this seems like a daunting process, remember that the alternative is watching the opportunity float by. I’d instead try and lose a thousand times than to never have tried at all. It is beneficial if you have people around you who keep you accountable and support your vision. If you are in need of some help, leave a message down below!