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Why You Should Do What You’ve Always Wanted to Do

Why You Should Do What You’ve Always Wanted to Do

You know what you’ve always wanted to do, BUT…

What is it with the rampant self-doubt?

You concoct so many reasons why you can’t or shouldn’t do what you want. No time, money, support, etc. Classes to take, kids to care for, relationships to tend to, and so on. There should be a diagnosis code for this. Call it self-doubt 101, something so many of us suffer from.

What is the possible treatment?

There’s going onto the therapists couch and analyzing who, what, when, and where. Then there’s taking a trip, running away, and trying to find the answers elsewhere. And let’s not forget, the way most of us treat our excuses about why we don’t do what we always wanted: you stuff it down to the back of your soul and plod on. Doing what you think you ‘should’ do.

Here is another option.

Take a look at some people that went ahead and did what they always wanted and succeeded. But not before they failed on an epic scale. So take that in, realize that you can choose to do what you always wanted to and get ready to take some huge falls.

After falling and floundering, getting doors slammed in your face, being called all kinds of names, and shouting back at the voices in your head that scream at you to stop, you WILL succeed – just like these famous people below that did what they always wanted to do.

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You are no different than they are.

stallone

    Sylvester Stallone had it rough as a child. He was taunted in school and in-and-out of foster homes. He was told, “You’re stupid lookin’ do somethin’ else.” His movies grossed over a billion dollars.

    What he wanted to do: Inspire people and act.

    einstein

      Albert Einstein didn’t speak until he was four, or read until he was seven years old. Everyone thought he was mentally handicapped and would not accomplish anything. He won a Nobel Prize and became the face of modern physics.

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      What he wanted to do: Study physics and change the world.

      thinker

        Rodin was considered the worst student in his school and was continually rejected when applying to art school. His father called him an ‘idiot.’ He ended up becoming a sculptor and famously created “The Thinker Statue.”

        What he wanted to do: Be an artist and sculptor.

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        elvis

          Elvis Presley was fired by the manager of the Grand Ole Opry after one performance. Presley was told, “You ain’t goin’ nowhere… son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.”  What do you know, Elvis became the most popular singer in America.

          What he wanted to do: Sing and perform.

          churchill

            Winston Churchill failed 6th grade and lost every election for public office until he was 62-years-old. He went on to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Among many other accomplishments, he renewed the world’s faith in the superiority of democracy.

            What he wanted to do: Serve his country.

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            disney

              Walt Disney went bankrupt and was fired by a news editor for ‘lack of imagination.’ He was the man who gave us Disney World and Mickey Mouse.

              What he wanted to do: Entertain people.

              It’s YOUR turn.

              What do you want to do? Imagine if these individuals above would have not felt they should do what they always wanted to do. We wouldn’t have Mickey Mouse! Or “Love me tender, love me sweet, never let me go” (Elvis). How about the Winston Churchill quote: “Never, never never give up? The theory of relativity.” How about Rocky – that movie inspired people all over the world to go for their dreams and never give up.

              You have something that you always wanted to do and we are waiting, the world is waiting. Even if it’s something you don’t think will be the next Thinker Statue, it will light your soul and everyone around you will be encouraged by you. This ripple effect can make a change for generations to come.

              Put the Rocky soundtrack on and run up and down the stairs and imagine what your life would be like if you were doing what you always wanted to do. Prepare for bumps and bruises, knowing that that’s part of the game of life. And in the end, you will be pumping your fist, standing tall and proud of living your life the way you want to. You’ll be using the gifts you have until you cannot squeeze another drop out. Then squeeze some more.

              Featured photo credit: Do What You Love via flickr.com

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              30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

              30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

              In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

              1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

              Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

              2. Focus on your breath

              Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

              3. Get organized and purge old items

              A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

              4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

              Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

              5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

              Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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              6. Smile more

              Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

              7. Don’t worry about the future

              As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

              8. Eat real food

              The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

              9. Choose being happy over being right

              Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

              10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

              Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

              11. Make use of filtering features on social media

              You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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              12. Get comfortable with silence

              When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

              13. Listen to understand, not to respond

              So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

              14. Put your troubles in a bubble

              Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

              15. Speak more slowly

              Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

              16. Don’t procrastinate

              Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

              17. Buy a coloring book

              Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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              18. Prioritize yourself

              You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

              19. Forgive others

              Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

              20. Check your expectations

              Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

              21. Engage in active play

              Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

              22. Stop criticizing yourself

              The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

              23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

              Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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              24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

              Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

              25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

              Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

              26. Manage your money

              Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

              27. Stop trying to control everything

              Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

              28. Practice affirmations

              Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

              29. Get up before sunrise

              Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

              30. Be yourself

              Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

              Featured photo credit: man watching sunrise via stokpic.com

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