You wake up each day. So do I. So does Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Tony Robbins.
We all get the same 24 hours, and we all need about 7-8 to sleep. We all have to shower, eat and go to the bathroom.
After that, there are about 14 hours left each day for us all to do what we want to do.
Are you spending these hours productively, moving towards your goals, dreams and aspirations? Maybe you are content with life and don’t yearn for much more?
Which one is it?
You must answer this question for yourself. Spend some time answering it. Really think about it. To not answer is, is to live a miserable, worried, anxious existence. And the sad fact of our modern world, is many do just that.
Please, for yourself, answer this damn question: Are you deep down unsatisfied and anxious? Or are you content with your life and where you are going and at the pace it is moving there?
There is no right or wrong here. Well, I lied, there is a right and wrong: what’s right is figuring it out for yourself and what’s wrong is floating through life without doing the self-analysis every human being needs to do.
If you don’t answer this question for yourself, you will never find your true passion and purpose, and everything you do in life will be half-assed because you won’t be completely in it.
Not only must you first answer this question, but you also must clearly answer this question and commit to the answer. Meaning, if you are content with the way things are, you have to be vigilant against yearning for more. You can’t just say you are content and then always be thinking about the future or things you want in your life. (This is really hard for humans to do, so be sure this is for you is you decide this is for you.)
On the flip side, if you are not content with your life, you must commit and get working on that commitment.
Bruce Lee said this, “Self-Actualization is the important thing. And my personal message to people is that I hope they will go toward self-actualization rather than self-image actualization. I hope they will search within themselves for honest self-expression.”
He is basically saying that you must be the best you can be. What I’m saying is, you have to be the best you can be in whatever way you choose to be. So, you first decide what your “best” is going to be, then you go and live each day fulfilling that best.
If you are like me, you want more and so you are always working on getting better. In fact, if you are reading this, you are probably just like me in this respect. And that’s why I want to encourage you to think long and hard about your life, mission, purpose and how you are spending your waking hours of each day.
How are you spending your days? Are you moving toward your goals, away from them, or neither?
Every time I write or think about success, I think about death. The Stoics used a technique called “negative visualization” to visually the worst thing that could happen as a tools for expressing gratitude for the fact that this thing has not happened.
I think about death as a means of spurring me; because in every instance of life, it could always be worse because I could be dead. And since I’m dead, I need to remind myself to be grateful and view life positively and my obstacles as opportunities.
Think about that for a moment. Then start thinking about it in your life often.
Instead of watching Netflix, build something. Instead of going out Friday night, try working on your blog, project or whatever. And so on.
You know, I’m always writing about these topics because I want to motivate and inspire people to do more. Maybe this is selfish because I want the human species to move forward, to solve aging and build new technologies and colonize mars. Or maybe it’s because I know what it feels like to struggle with doubt, worry, loss and the like, and I’ve been fortunate enough to overcome each while turning them into a source of power.
Actually, it’s probably a combination of both. Whatever.
The fact is, life is just too damn short for human beings right now. In the future, when we can upload our brains into the cloud and live in a matrix, this might not be the case. But until that time, every passing day is a day you could be fulfilling your potential, living your dreams, seeing the world, connecting and loving and creating. And to not do these things because you’d rather spend your time instead of investing your time, to me, is a waste of this precious thing we call life.
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