Achieve Great Things
There are endless possibilities facing you at this moment.
Don’t waste time imagining barriers between you and your dreams.
In less than 30 seconds, you could be naked in the street, flailing your arms around and singing at the top of your lungs–if you wanted to.
In less than 5 minutes, you could start a blog, write about things that matter and connect with people all over the world–if you wanted to.
In less than an hour, you could have your photos developed. (No, just kidding. Does 1hr photo development still exist anymore?) But you could create and upload a video tutorial on something you know about and share it with millions of potential viewers on YouTube–if you wanted to.
In less than a day, you could come up with a viable business idea and start acting on it–if you wanted to.
In less than a week, you could raise money for a charitable organization of your choice–if you wanted to.
In less than a month, you could write a book–if you wanted to.
In less than a year, you could intimately learn a hobby (tennis, salsa, web coding) of your choice–if you wanted to.
In less than 5 years, you could be excruciatingly close to your dream self–if you wanted to.
What are you waiting for?
If you want to change your life, you need to discard your limiting beliefs.
Stand in the presence of someone who has created a lot, and you will find that they don’t carry around negative self-beliefs. Sure, they may get nervous before releasing their work, but never do they use their imperfections as an excuse not to create their masterpieces.
Do yourself a favor and let yourself go for your highest aspirations.
But don’t be stupid about it.
Here are some suggestions that will change your life for the better, if you don’t already do these things.
Admit to yourself that you don’t know everything, and learn from those who know more than you. The easiest way to start doing this is to read. In the past year, I’ve been reading as many personal finance books as I could get my hands on. This taught me some basic tenets of personal finance, something that I think will serve me well all my life.
You can find inspirational and instructional material in books, blogs, videos, podcasts, and just about any other print or electronic source you can think of. These will help you grow as a person.
Beyond reading, actively seeking life experience will move you from the ignorant crowd, to the cultured and knowledgeable individual. Having new experiences whenever possible will broaden your viewpoint and allow you to be more sympathetic with other people–a vital component to networking.
Another aspect to gaining experience is to simply work on a project that interests you. While working on said project, you’ll tackle problems that you would have never imagined existed. But afterwards, you’ll be stronger and more confident in your ability to solve problems that crop up.
You’d be amazed at how many people never consciously reach this stage. They never decide to put the work into something they care about, and release it to the world unless a superior is breathing down their neck.
It’s okay if you’re one of these people who chooses to consume instead of create. But let me explain why I think creating something is so important.
When you have a tangible project on your horizon, a creation in progress, you get to refine all sorts of skills that you never knew would be associated with the project. You could be forced to utilize skills such as time management, copywriting, design, collaboration, initiative, and public speaking, just to mention a few. And in the process of creating something, you’ll get better insight into what type of person you are–where your weaknesses/strengths lie, your level of persistence, and you’ll surprise yourself with what kinds of hidden abilities you have.
You will be proud of your work. And you and the world will be forever changed because of it.
**If you’re looking for some great ways to get started implementing these ideas, then check out my Resources section of the blog.