Something different

So far my blog posts have been telling a story. Well tonight, I thought I would post something different. Maybe a its a little too deep for some, but maybe not!

 

As the clock ticks down for me and I reminisce about all the “steps” required to get here I’m struck by a few facts. Facts that not only made me successful at pursuing my dreams, but facts that could have made me more successful in “regular” life. I chased this dream not only because it was a passion, but because I knew it would contribute to my personal growth. So here are 5 things its has taught me so far (in no particular order):

  1. A Plan.. If you don’t have one, get one! Having a plan and a goal focuses everything. Every decision, every turn will subconsciously be influenced. From big life decisions, like moving, to little things, like buying that Starbucks. Your brain will constantly steer you towards that goal and plan!
  2. 2 years ago (yes we made the decision that long ago), the job ahead of us seemed overwhelming and unachievable. There were moments I sat down and thought WTF am I doing (many many moments)! After those moments passed, I would put on my “Big Boy” pants and just move forward, one step at a time. Some steps would be tiny baby steps and others were enormous, but we approached them one at a time. I have come to the realization that one of the keys to success is one small step at a time, no matter how many steps it takes!
  3. Understanding what is really valuable. I was a “possessions” and “things” person. I bought stuff, then needed to buy a bigger house to fit the things, then I did it all over again. I was convinced those things helped complete me (damn you Jerry Maguire). Now that all those things are gone, I can say %100 I miss NONE of them (dogs aren’t possessions), not ONE! It wasn’t the things that completed me, it was that some of the “things” made me spend more time with my family. Now imagine how much faster I could have got here without buying those things and just spent the time with my family in the first place.
  4. Be uncomfortable! We (people) tend to gravitate to our “comfort zones”, the routine! A comfortable stress free day, then a comfortable house, then a comfortable bed, then rinse and repeat (for 40 years). Horse Puckey (is that good mom)…. Be uncomfortable… Go outside your zone. You will be shocked with the unknown capabilities you have hidden within you when you are pushed!
  5. “The glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time you fall.”, a quote I read, by an unknown source. Failure is always an option! Failure only exists in your mind! What is failure, at one point do you call it a failure, its an abstract thought that literally means nothing in the physical world. There is never failure, just a modified plan.

 

So there you have it, 5 deep life lessons that this journey has already taught me. They may be too deep for you, or you may think I’m silly for posting them. Thats your prerogative, but I will give you million to one odds that those lessons will bring more wealth than buying a lottery ticket!

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