What's It Gonna Take?
A loved one's death? A divorce? An life threatening accident? An addiction? Incarceration? Homelessness? Illness or worse?
Most often it takes a great tragedy to occur before people decide to make significant changes in their lives.
If you're waiting for the right moment or the right inspiration or that day to come before you decide you're going to be more and do more with your life remember that most often it takes a great tragedy to occur before we see the need for improvement and personal development in our lives - I can tell you from experience, that will most likely be the most miserable day of your life.
School of Hard Knocks
It took me going to prison before I started to evaluate the options I had available and the decisions I was making. It took the breakup of several relationships before I realized my self worth and value. It took being accused of a serious crime and facing possible life in prison for me to consider what legacy I will leave behind.
If I had started the work on myself sooner I would have never found myself in those situations.
You don't have to and you shouldn't wait until life gives you lemons to make lemonade. Plant the seeds. Grow the trees. Harvest the fruit. Start your own lemon orchard.
There is an abundance of free or low cost resources online and in the public libraries of the world that will teach you everything you need to know about starting a business, going back to school or tons of personal development courses to you to proactively be better than average.
Be the Chef or Be the Omelette
You are slowing dying in a comfort zone that is more fragile than you can ever imagine. Compare it to an egg. Only one good thing can happen to an unhatched egg. In order to live you must apply pressure from the inside and leave that shell under your own initiative. I highly advise you force yourself to leave that comfort zone behind now by purposefully creating a better than average life for yourself.
Do the hard work of deciding what you want to do with your life while it's convenient and not a matter of life or death. Take the time to improve your relationships with your spouse and family and friends now before they are irreparably destroyed by divorce or worse - death.
"Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator and change has its enemies." - Robert F. Kennedy
Change is inevitable and a lot of times it is downright violent and destructive to the status-quo. But when it's managed and purposeful it can be gloriously beautiful and inspire not only those close to you but an entire revolution that makes a difference in the quality of the world. That revolution starts with someone and that someone can be you. Or...
You can sit back in that eggshell comfort zone and patiently wait to be a casualty of someone else's change. Whether it's that job you'll lose through no fault of your own or another economic downturn or something so bad you can't even imagine.
You must take responsibility for the life you have and create the life you claim you want to live.
Be #BTA and be proactive. Be inspired.
I am a simple man who has lived a complicated life. The lessons I've learned from the experiences I've been through and the challenges I've conquered have helped me develop a philosophy that life is meant to be lived at a level better than average.