If today feels pretty much like yesterday, the day before, and the day before that, then moving forward in life might feel like an irresistible delight you just can’t wait to seize hold of. The question is: will you reach out and touch the future, or do you slowly but carefully remove your hand checking to see if anyone is looking? Often the only thing stopping you from moving forward in life is fear, of the unknown and of what others might say.
What do you believe is possible?
Who’s to say your new dream is not reasonable? Does it require a second look? How about trying this on for size? What if you had the chance to do whatever you wanted and you couldn’t fail? Would you grab the chance? Of course you would. The question then becomes: who says you would fail if you tried? As a toddler, walking was a pretty amazing achievement, small perhaps in comparison to mastering an entire language by the time you were four! Everyone encouraged because they could do it. Success was reasonable, in fact inevitable.
Discover your passion
Moving forward in life sounds great, but towards what? Passion, adventure, excitement? A fabulous concept in theory, but how well do you know what your passion is? As we get older that vital side of us gets buried under a massive pile of washing up, bills and pay checks. In the book “Live The Life You Love: 7 Steps to a Healthier, Happier, More Passionate You“, the author Dr. Susan Biali M.D. advocates two approaches: Think about what you loved to do as a child, and think about the times when you have been the happiest. Those snapshots in our memories can create eye opening insights and strangely enigmatic smiles on our faces too.
Are you in the right place in the world? Are you finding time to experience your hearts desire? If the answer is no, what is keeping you here, now? Often people can discover their rut comes from outdated ideals or hurts from the past. It is often easy to live life by the same familiar scripts which we know will get familiar outcomes. Are you holding onto some event from the past as an excuse for not moving forward in life?
You need to do something different if you want things to change
Wisdom about this can be gleaned from an unlikely source. Albert Einstein is reputed to once have said: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Perhaps it is time to examine why you repeatedly perpetuate the same behavior.
Familiarity is a pleasant comfort blanket to hold onto, but whilst you are clutching it tightly round you, how is life supposed to touch you? The essence of life is to step into the unknown and see what happens. Does it feel like a leap of faith? You’re right….but since when did a rut feel like an adrenaline rush? Go on! Take a blind step and move forward in life. That’s what being alive is all about!