If you’re like anything like me, you were raised with the blueprint to go to school, get a good education, go to college, and get a job. This is a common path for the middle class. It’s one that works. It’s proven. If you take this path, chances are you’ll live a comfortable life earning a comfortable wage.
That’s where I found myself at the young age of 23 looking for my next step. What I found was.. I was at the end of this blueprint. This was it. This is what I have to look forward to for the next 40 years until retirement.
For a lot of people, this is exactly the path they want and have worked hard to achieve. For others this sounds too good to be true. And to even fewer, this sounds like a nightmare.
Where do you fall? If it’s in the latter, and this sounds like a nightmare, I have news for you (and everyone who wants to change their current situation, whatever that may be) – you can create your own reality. Yes! You have the ability to create any life you can imagine. That’s the good news.
The bad news is it takes work.
So if you’re listening to this right now and you’re thinking to yourself about that job you’re driving to that doesn’t fulfill you, or stressed about your financial situation, or anything else that weighs on your mind, then I have a few things that will help you.
First, it’s important to understand that you, and only you, are responsible for your successes and failures. No one or nothing else – only you. Once you take accountability for your actions, then you’re off to the races.
You have to take control of your environment. Surround yourself with people who are good for you. These people encourage you, lift you up, challenge you, and ultimately, make you a better person.
Guard your time. Your time is the only non-renewable source you have. You won’t get any more of it, so choose wisely how you spend it. Spend your time doing things that fulfill you and put you closer towards your goals. If you’re complaining about your job and playing the latest video game, then you aren’t doing anything to take control of your environment, and you’re especially not guarding your time.
Look at adversities as challenges, rather than problems. You’ll inevitably run into adversity. How you react to it will determine how or if you overcome it.
Improve every singe day. This is such a simple, yet underrated, hack. Just get better at whatever it is you want every single day. Whether that’s running, saving money, studying, or working on your business, practice your skill every day. These little steps won’t seem like much at first, but eventually you’ll look back and see the journey you’ve made.
Don’t just sit, wait, and hope that things will change. You know the saying, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting different results”. Envision the life you want to live. Picture what it will look like. Imagine what it will feel like. Then, take action and decisive steps to turn that dream to a reality.
You’re entirely capable of anything you can imagine. So get out there and create your own reality.