Everyday Inspiration: You Create Your Life, Life Doesn’t Create You
Dearest Amazing Readers,
Okay, you will be happy to know that I really do practice what I preach. It’s not just lip service here at my writing desk. In that spirit, I want to share with you my latest feat. And it’s a big one… one of the most terrifying, exciting, exhilarating examples to date. I decided to move, hook line and sinker.
But I didn’t just decide to move. I decided to move out of state, far, far away from the place I’ve called home for 25 years. I’m not moving for better job or because I have any connections there. I just feel it’s what’s best for my own happiness and, ultimately, my family’s (although they may not realize it yet).
Yes, I have talked about it before, dreamed about it, ruminated on it, and then went back to my familiar routine. Life has a way of keeping us busy and distracted so we Can’t focus on the things that have the greatest potential of making us happy. Or is it our own doing?
I believe that it is within our power to create the life we want to live. It takes a real willingness to look at all the people, places and things you may feel are holding you back and realize that you can never tie your happiness to any of these outside forces.
As long as you lay the blame elsewhere, you will continue to forge a tighter grip on the anchors that hold you down. You cannot wait for others to change, blame outside circumstances, you ultimately have no control over, or rely on something to happen. You must take ownership of your life. Otherwise you are placing your life in the hands of others, people and things outside of yourself. This is how you give away your future and power while conveniently blaming it on someone else. “I can’t take this job because of my aging mother, I cannot leave this relationship because of my kids, I cannot move to Tuscany because of my furniture!” It never ends.
You are afraid to change and you are using others as an excuse not to do something. Why? You are afraid of what may or may not happen and buy into the belief that it may not turn out the way you want. It’s about losing Faith that you can follow your heart. Fear is a faith issue.
“People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who DO take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.” – Peter Drucker
If you don’t take action, you will look back on your life with regret about all the things you wished had happened. This’ll do more damage to your heart than anything else you could possibly do.
“It seems to me that people have vast potential. Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don’t. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever.” – Philip Andrew Adams
Of course, some of these decisions will take time and planning before you hit the GO button, but isn’t that what your time is for?
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide
I wasn’t ready to leave the shore yet. I was preparing, researching for that new place that I could resonate with and call my home. I took trips to every city that struck me, met people, asked around, stayed in hotels. Every time I came back armed with new information and the belief that I was moving, I just didn’t know when.
This took all the courage and determination I could muster and, above all, it took a willingness to believe that I AM worth it. I have Claimed My Crown and decided long ago that I am here to live an Extraordinary life. One that has been getting better and better with time.
As you grow and evolve, you will change and your preferences in terms of people, places, and conversations will evolve with you. This is natural, for when we evolve physically, we also evolve mentally. In order to fit into your newfound Mental circumstances, it may require a move or a new partner or a new job. These things are a natural sign of your growth and development.
What if, after you grew up, you still played with those same toys you played with as a child? This would keep you small mentally and stunt your growth potential.
Remember the movie Failure To Launch? It may have been funny to watch, but it also had a message. Matthew McConaughey’s character felt comfortable in his life but he was unwilling to move on and take the risk of failing. If you have misplaced loyalty to what is familiar or comfortable versus what makes you happy, then you may stay in the place you live, the job you work, or the relationship you are in currently, also having the Failure to Launch.
“One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.” – Napoleon Hill
“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
Life is a creation, not a discovery. You do not live each day to discover what it holds for you, but to Create it. If you want to lead the Extraordinary life that is within your reach, you need to take action. Failure to Launch only keeps you stuck in a life that will not fulfill you.
In Secrets of a Millionaire Mind, T. Harv Eker states, “Rich abundant people believe ‘I create my life.’ Poor people believe, ‘Life happens to me.’”
Yes, you have come here. You are part of a vast creative, dynamic force called life. Isn’t it time to get in touch with this creative force, work with it and see where it takes you?
“Try and fail, but don’t fail to try.” – Stephen Kaggwa
Are you ready?
As you take each step I will be there reminding you of your Magnificence, and I will continue to do so, until you are able to see it in yourself.
As you take each step I will be there reminding you of your Magnificence, and I will continue to do so, until you are able to see it in yourself. © Copyright. Jennifer Annenberg Productions. 2013. All Rights Reserved. This publication may not be reproduced under any circumstances without the written consent of Jennifer Annenberg.
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