Thursday, June 13, 2019

"It took me all this time to get where I said I would never be." – Andy Hull

Life can be a series of ups and downs. From first education to work and life as it happens, you're moving towards a goal. No matter what you do or don't do, you're going somewhere. You're either achieving your dreams or someone else's. You're either gaining or losing. Feeling good or feeling bad. Moving in the direction of health, wealth and happiness – or away from them (not always at the same time or same speed). Unless you define what you want and live that way on purpose, the things that happen in your life will happen to you (that's where the victim mentality comes into play). Some people get lucky and chance their way into good health and wealth. The rest of us don't. We get to take these talents and gifts and make a life of inspired achievement.

"It took me all this time to get where I said I would never be," is a line from a song about the price of success – what we think we have to give up. Though it's not as cynical as it comes across. Success has a cost that is different for each person. We assume that when we are trying to achieve one goal, we have to give up others. But if you break it down as simply as the achievement of health, wealth and happiness, it may seem easier. Your good health is up to you and while each body is different, the science is relatively the same for calories in vs calories expended. Wealth is different for each person, but great wealth has little to do with money and even less to do with keeping up with the Jonses (though that is a great disguise for distraction). Great wealth is having, being or doing what you want. Happiness is a personal state of mind. Denis Waitley said, "Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude."

While it may be that it took you all this time to get where you said you will never be, the fact is you're not there yet. You're still moving forward and up. You're still achieving and pursuing the best life you can imagine. Your dreams are always just in front of you and the active pursuit of your goals really is living the dream. You're doing it right now.

Joel Yeast