I’m going to build on the work of Simon Sinek… Simon suggests that we “start with why” and use this focus to drive our decision making. This is great advice, but incomplete.
When we have a sense of our why, the next best question to ask is “Why not?”
Why not start this business?
Why not write that novel?
Why not travel to a place my parents think is scary?
Why not volunteer my weekends to a cause I believe in?
Are there real barriers holding you back? If so, how do you get around, over, or through them?
Are what appear to be insurmountable obstacles mostly illusions arising from fear of failure, or worse, fear of looking silly?
What would you honestly be wagering if you took a risk and tried that thing you’ve been wanting to do? (It’s usually much easier to get back to where you are now than people assume.)
Do you have to go “all in” upfront, or can you test drive your dream? (My favorite strategy.)
The wait is over. Start today working toward the life you deserve, not the life you’ve been conditioned to expect…
“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.” —Sydney J. Harris