Do whatever’s necessary to do something fun today. Find a reason to laugh today. A reason to collaborate and to build with others today. Lastly, find whatever it is that motivates you to stay focused on your goals/dreams and just do that today!
Give yourself time to fail, and fail often.
These missteps will allow you to get clear on the person you’re becoming. Mistakes and failure happen to the best of us. Look at them as the only true measure of progress.
We get one trip on this ride called life and what a shame it’ll be to wake up one day, old, tired, with less time left on the clock, full of regrets of things you passed up on because you were afraid to fail.
Nothing you learn today will benefit you today.
A lot of the time lessons seem to store themselves safely in your mind as memories and experiences. They will travel with you, disguising themselves as useless information waiting for the right opportunity to shine.
But look at how far you’ve come! What skills have you acquired? What successes and failures have taught you the most about how to move forward?
All of your scars, bumps and bruises, heartaches, and headaches you get today are preparing you to be better tomorrow.
It takes time to learn who we are and what we’re made to be doing in life. Mainly because we have conditioned and prepared to take action and do good things with whom we’re becoming today.
So if all of these lessons reveal themselves over time, is there not a better time to get started than right now?! Nope, so get at it!
I used to be ashamed of my obsessions until I changed the things I’m obsessed about. One of my favorite things to do is to dream. To sit and think and imagine myself going round and round visualizing my next design project, what my next conversation with my next client will look like, and countless hours of how I wanted my life to turn out. Dreaming has become one of my greatest assets and my obsessions with the way I see things turning out is still a big deal for me. Then there are the voices, you know the ones that have an answer for everything and can never leave well enough alone? The voices that show up to kill every good thought you have because they think you’re not worth the good things you have planned for yourself. Turn out, those little shits have their own set of obsessions and if you’re not careful, they win.
So what do we do about it? How do we stop the madness?
(Disclaimer: I’m not a psychologist and none of the following has been tested or proven.)
A few questions I ask myself before agreeing to play along with my thoughts are:
+ How much time am I willing to dedicate to this particular thought? Good or bad.
+ What’s the up or downside and how long shall I wander around in there?
+ What am I going to do about anything I may find because I have to do something?
If I can answer and agree to those terms internally, then I play ball. No matter the situation, from having a better relationship with important people in my life to understanding my clients and my business better. If I don’t have answers for those questions first, I find something else to obsess over.