“Adventure will hurt you, but monotony will kill you.”
I don’t know who said this, but this feels quite true. In fact, I would change it were this my quote to this:
“Adventure will no doubt hurt you, but passivity will certainly kill you.”
Making a choice to take risks and pay the price for the injuries you incur along the way will cost you in numerous ways. That is a guarantee. You might feel a lot like this:
Doing nothing? Make no mistake. Doing nothing is a choice, too, and we pay for that passivity in ways that injure us in very painful and even unexpected ways. Hidden ways.
It’s good to dream. It’s good to engage in thought experiments. It’s good to want. It’s key to want actually. It’s imperative to wish and desire, but a moment must come in your life when you are willing to put all that on the line and do. And, only you can decide when the time has come to toss self-doubt and fear aside, put your feet to the road, and begin living and creating the life that you have known all along you were truly meant to live.
What is true?
“There is little faith involved in setting out on a journey where the destination is certain and every step in between has been mapped in detail. Bravery, trust, is about leaving camp in the dark, when we do not know the route ahead and cannot be certain we will ever return…The lesson is, the rewards in life don’t always go to the biggest, or the bravest, or the smartest. The rewards go to the dogged; and when you’re going though hell, to the person who just keeps going…Dreams, though, are cheap, and the real task comes when you start putting in place the steps needed to make those dreams a reality…Are you the sort of person who can turn around when you have nothing left, and find that little bit extra inside you to keep going, or do you sag and wilt with exhaustion? It is a mental game, and it is hard to tell how people will react until they are squeezed…But I also knew if I could somehow replace my doubt with hope, my fear with courage, and my self-pity with a sense of pride, then I just might be able to do this.” Bear Grylls,
Grylls is right. It isn’t about being inspired or making lists or doing research or wondering what it might be like to change your life. It is about tenaciously engaging your life and changing it one painful step at a time until you are where and who you want to be.
There is no short cut. There is no pill. There is no easy answer. There is only effort, perseverance, and dedication, but it’s well worth it.
So, pick your day. Pick your time. Choose your goal. And decide. And then…do it. That’s actually all there is to it. Set your intention, stop listening to all the naysayers in your life, and begin to let your imagination of yourself and your life grow into the size of the life and identity that you know are really yours–even if you feel unworthy of it. If it belongs to you, then go out and fight for it. Even if it might take years to accomplish. This will be the best fight you ever fought, and you will win it.
Why? Because you were born to win it.
So, get out there and dial up the awesome. It’s time.