Years ago, I bought a book on how to be more proactive and stop putting tasks off for later. Staring at the book on my desk now, I hope the universe likes irony, because I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. Sometimes, it makes me laugh. Other times, when I really let myself think about it, it merely solidifies in my head the fact that I have fallen victim to the epidemic that has swept this nation: procrastination.
It’s no secret that it’s much easier to work really hard when there’s a deadline. I just happen to be the type of person who feels naturally inclined to wait until the day before the deadline to jump on a project. My justification? I have more important things to do right now. It worked really well (albeit stressfully) for me in school, and I’ve definitely pulled a number of all-nighters with work. But how does that type of justification work when I apply it to the rest of my life?
“Oh, I can’t work on achieving my dreams right now because I have more important things to do.”
…..WHAT? [Begin Rant Now] The deadline for life is death! Do I really want to wait until the day before I DIE to get started on living the life I’ve always wanted? Every thought in my head screams out, “Noooooooooo!” But are my actions lining up? Actions speak louder than words, and they’re practically shouting over our thoughts. So what if in my head I know what I should be doing? Doesn’t change the fact that I’m not doing it! [/End Rant]
Why Are You Here?
The first resolution addressed in both the Mental Fitness Challenge and the book off of which the Challenge is based (RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE by best selling author and LIFE founder Orrin Woodward) is that of discovering one’s purpose. Knowing where our passion, potential, and economic engine intersect lays the foundation for us to being able to attack the rest of the resolutions more effectively and intentionally.
The truth is I’ve been reading about and wondering what my purpose is long before ever reading RESOLVED or taking the Mental Fitness Challenge, but this time around, something inside me snapped. While I may only have an inkling what my part to play in the grand scheme of things could be, I do know that it certainly WAS NOT what I found myself spending most of my time doing. That’s when I finally came to the decision that something had to change.
Why waste another minute? We’re only given so many to use in our finite lives. Think about what makes you come alive. Think about the many talents with which you’ve been blessed. Find your economic engine (I’ve found LIFE’s compensated communities to be an especially great vehicle for this one).
If you already found the intersection of the three concepts, and you feel you’re already living out your purpose, then congrats and more power to you. (Seriously, that’s amazing.) For those of us who have a knack for dragging our feet, I will close with this poem. Let’s get out there and change the world by chasing our dreams!
Two men gathered on a lonely road.
The first man young, the second one old.
Said the second to the first, in a knowing tone,
“Our tragedy lies in the time that’s flown.”
Then says the first with youthful pride,
“I care not for these matters of time,
some turn of phrase on how it goes by.
In my future before me is where my interest lies.”
The old man sighed and furrowed his brow
As he watched the young man stand tall and proud.
Sadly he explained the truth he’d found:
“Your tune will change when you’re my age now.”
The young man shrugged and left the old sage,
The dreams he had dreamed were his to take.
But as life can do, it got in his way.
And suddenly those dreams would have to wait.
“With marriage and kids, it’s hard you see,”
Said the man to himself so his pain would ease.
“The dreams I had, they were all about me,
But now I have more people to please.”
And on he went, still singing his song,
That his day would come, and it wouldn’t be long.
Life flew at him, and he tried to be strong,
But before he knew it, much of it had gone.
One day he walked down a lonely road,
And found a young man who thought him old.
He tried his best, in his most knowing tone,
To warn this young man of how his time had flown.
But this young man was swelling with pride,
And cared not for these matters of time.
He had a clear vision in the front of his mind,
And it was only there that his interests could lie