Far too many people define themselves by the things they own instead of by the things they do.
They have an iPad, but they can’t tell you their most recent career accomplishment.
They flash their new Nike’s all over the place, but they never even use them to run.
They walk around with the newest Android but never use it for anything except Instagram and texting.
I know I am guilty of these things too, we all are, but we must demand better from ourselves.
Most people have been conditioned to believe that if you buy nice things you are a person of value. Obviously, we are learning as time goes on that this is simply no longer true.
What we now see are these hollow human beings walking around trying to impress each other with the newest and latest gadget to come out on the market all while feeling empty and hollow on the inside.
They feel some temporary rush of excitement and then realize that none of these items will ever bring true fulfillment… and to top it off, most people charge their important things to their credit cards so not only do they feel worse about themselves, but now they have to pay more for the item than it was originally worth. Credit card debt doesn’t make anyone feel better about themselves, especially when it is used for things that don’t even make us fulfilled.
When I reflect on the most impressive people in my life, it sure isn’t the one with the nicest things. It is the people who are always there for me when I need them. The ones who go the extra mile in every avenue of their lives. The ones who have impeccable integrity. The ones who seem genuinely happy.
You don’t have to go and throw away everything you own, although minimalism has its benefits, but be a person so full of character and integrity that no one around you even notices the things you do or don’t have.
Be proud of your accomplishments. Don’t brag about them, let your work speak for itself instead.
“If you don’t get outside your comfort zone, you’ll spend forever wondering why you don’t have an interesting life.”
How does that make you feel? A little scared?
It should scare you, because this is what you’re looking at in life. We’re all stuck in our own comfort zones and within the walls of our own mental limitations.
I’ll bet that for the most part you are living the same exact life day in and day out. How does the routine of your daily grind make you feel?
For me, it drives me absolutely insane.
I want adventure. I want to explore. I want a legendary life, dammit!
Reminding myself constantly that getting outside of my comfort zone is the only way to get all of those things I want.
Anything great that has come into my life got there because I stepped outside of my comfort zone. I felt nervous and I went outside of what was my daily routine, and marvelous things came my way.
It’s never too late to change your life. It’s never too late to mix it up. Above all, it is never, ever too late to become the person you want to be.
So, ask yourself: Who do I want to be?
Follow me at @SLManifesto and tell me your answer!
Let’s flash forward a few years…
One day you’ll be old. We unfortunately cannot live forever, and everything you’re surrounded with, everything you know, will end.
When you’re near the end, what will you be thinking about? Will you be thinking of all the great success you’ve had, all the goals you’ve reached, all the people you’ve helped, and knowing that you lived your life to its maximum potential?
Or will you be sitting there filled with regrets, thinking about all the times you came up short, knowing that at some point you could have been great, but instead you chose to take the easy route?
No one can choose between the two for you. Only you can choose that for yourself.
Are you actively choosing every day to take the steps to make a legendary life? Or are you putting off your goals and dreams every day into this imaginary “some day”?
It starts with taking the smallest step possible every single day. Not until you get used to that can you take on the bigger steps. Don’t think you can just wake up one day and start writing a book and keep that spontaneous momentum going.
You have already spent however many years you have been around not pursuing your legendary life… accepting mediocre… accepting “good enough”…
It all starts with deciding you want better.
Decide today. Your life can’t wait.
2013 is going to be the best year for all of us yet! My goal for this blog over the next few months is to really focus on bringing you the best information about breaking out of your complacency and building your best life because here at the Strenuous Life don’t believe in settling.
I will be bringing you stories of others who have gone on to push the limits of what they thought was possible in their life and how you can apply these ideas to your own life so you can look back on 2013 and say “Wow that was the best year of my life!!!”
Let’s do this!