Just last night a close friend of mine said the following to me: “you’re going to be dead a long time.”
That’s all you really need to hear to give you a gentle reminder, “to truly live.” Why not become everything you ever wanted to be? Why not strive to do the thing which you know you can do, better than most, that touches other lives, that helps to enrich those lives and transforms your own. You are only here for a short time. We all have the seeds of success inside of us, the challenge is to cultivate those seeds, water them, feed them and watch them grow.
Growth is the key to reaching your dreams. And your dreams should drive you to truly live. The challenge is to live every moment getting there.
See it’s all about the journey, not the destination. Because if the destination takes time to reach, which it will if you have big dreams, then you better realize you need to enjoy the ride. Too many people simply live for those moments that take your breath away, yet most of our lives, in fact nearly all of our lives, are lived in between those moments.
I am currently reading, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, by John C. Maxwell. In that book he gives credit to a piece, called Dream Big, (author unknown), about what it takes to follow your dreams:
If there were ever a time to dare,
To make a difference,
To embark on something worth doing,
It is now.
Not for any grand cause, necessarily –
But for something that tugs at your heart,
Something that’s your aspiration,
Something that’s your dream.
You owe it to yourself to make your days here count.
Know, though, that things worth doing seldom come easy.
There will be good days.
And there will be bad days.
There will be times when you want to turn around,
Pack it up and call it quits.
Those times tell you that you are pushing yourself,
That you are not afraid to learn by trying.
Maxwell explains it this way:
Taking the steps necessary to live your dreams and do what you want to do will cost you. You will have to work hard. You will have to make sacrifices. You will have to keep learning and growing and changing. Are you willing to pay the price? I certainly hope you are. But know this: Most people aren’t.”
Don’t be most people. You are going to be dead a long time.
So it’s time, your time, to truly live.
Until next time, thanks for taking the time.
Mark Brodinsky, Author, Blogger, Speaker, Financial Services
Author & Publisher: The #1 Amazon Best-Seller: It Takes 2. Surviving Breast Cancer: A Spouse’s Story
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