Monday, August 1, 2016

Waking Up

What are you afraid of doing?

We all have that one ambition that we hold back on because we are afraid of failing. It is time to wake up and pursue that goal! This could be anything from asking the girl that you like out on a date, writing a letter to someone who treated you well, quitting your job, or possibly traveling to an unfamiliar place. If you feel stuck or trapped, that is absolutely not true; you have control over every part of your life. It can be effortless to get cozy in our comfort zone and then forget how to challenge ourselves again. But, it can be simple to start challenging ourselves again. Every time we challenge ourselves (starting right now) it becomes easier and easier to do it. The very thing that was initially uncomfortable becomes what we find fulfillment in.

There are tons of societal pressures that young adults have to endure every day and the amount of pressure is only increasing with newer generations. Of course, there have been multitudes of technological advancements that have contributed to this. But think about this, our grandparents most likely experienced much different types of pressures than we are going through. In America, it was our grandparents dream to own a house with a big yard, a white picket fence, and have a family. This is what we call The American Dream. Now, my generation typically has much more complex ambitions than the simplistic dreams of our grandparents. However, with those big dreams comes a lot more pressure along the journey. Dealing with pressure is not that big of a price to pay for having such high ambitions though. There are plenty of ways to deal with the pressure, such as meditation, journaling, blogging, talking to friends, etc...

Now that we realize how big our dreams are, we can start to do something about them. They are often scary and require us to go against our normal way of life. There is no reason to feel afraid of that though. Ponder this: would you rather be uncomfortable for a month or so, or be happy with what you are doing for the next couple years of your life? When you put it into perspective it does not seem that scary. In fact, once you take the first step into the unknown, everything starts to become much more comfortable. It is taking that first step which is the hardest part. You can treat it like a band-aid, either take it off slowly, or rip it off and get it over with. Compile a big list of your ambitions and start to get an understanding for what it would take to reach them. What is the first step you have to take? Remember, if it seems scary to do then just put it into perspective.  Bill Burr has a good quote about this topic:

"Realize that sleeping on a futon when you're 30 is not the worst thing. You know what's worse, sleeping in a king bed next to a wife you're not really in love with but for some reason you married, and you got a couple kids, and you got a job you hate. You'll be laying there fantasizing about sleeping on a futon. There's no risk when you go after a dream. There's a tremendous amount of risk to playing it safe."

Understanding what your ambitions are is not not enough on its own, you need to act! Carpe diem, or seize the day! Realize what the first step you need to take is and then go about actually taking that step. Make a promise to yourself, write it down, tell a friend or family member, do whatever it takes to make yourself committed to this. After that, all that you have to do is actually take the first step and continue along the path. Of course, there are going to be times when you become less motivated and need some inspiration. This is why it is a good idea to write out your ambitions and everything you want to accomplish, so that you can look back upon it and get the inspiration you need. However, for now you should just be focused on taking that courageous first step! Today is your window of opportunity:

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