Every now and then you read something, view something, or hear something that resonates in such a way that it prompts change.
You don’t know why exactly, or even that it is happening, but in time you realize what’s happened and you can pinpoint the exact moment it started.
This isn’t the first time I’ve written about this, but it is the first time I have something which could be “the” moment for you. It might be, it might not be, but I think it’s worth finding out.
If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
This quote hit me.
Not in the gut. Somewhere deeper. Spiritually, intellectually and emotionally.
Someone’s always telling us what we should do, how we should do it, and in their view, why we should do it. The problem is, when we follow someone else’s plan, we tend to feel lost and internally bewildered, and eventually, if I’m going to be honest here, resentful.
Why? Because we all have our own passions and dreams.
You want to be and do something that matches your own desires and calling.
Maybe it’s becoming a writer. Maybe it’s piloting jets. Maybe it’s adventuring like Indiana Jones.
I don’t know what, but it’s something YOU want and not part of someone else’s plan. It’s your plan, even if you’re not 100% sure of what that plan really is – yet.
If I were to impart any advice on anyone – it’s: find out what you want and live life the way you want to live it, doing what you feel passionate about.
Life’s too short for anything else.
If you let someone else plan your life, you may come to realize late (like I did) that what they have planned for you isn’t much.
Maybe you need some help figuring it out. This is normal and the #1 reason we tend to listen and follow someone else’s plan.
Having help figuring something out isn’t the same as having someone else lead you where you don’t want to go, doing what you don’t want to do, living the life you don’t want to live, driving the car you don’t want to drive and working the job you never wanted to work.
No. Having some guidance is helpful. But your decisions about what you do with that guidance is what is important, not what someone else tells you to do with it.
So, what’s your life plan? Do you have one? Are you just going through the motions day by day, making it up as you go along, or do you have real dreams with goals which will lead to tangible outcomes?
Are you getting where you want to go?
Whatever you do, don’t fall into the trap of living someone else’s dream and following someone else’s plan.
You. Deserve. Better.
I leave you with another of Jim’s quotes:
Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely.
So what do you want? What is your calling? Are you following it?