There is one word that’s great to use if you want to advertise to the world that your life is out of control and you refuse to get in the driver’s seat.
Not only that, but in our society people typically use it as a badge of honor, as if being busy makes them important.
But we’ve all heard that before, so I’m not going to write about it. Instead, I’m going to illustrate a shift in perception that may be enough to get you on the path to self-ownership.
Life is an ocean. It’s intense, full of unstoppable energy, and often even violent. Life can be scary. Because of that, some of us are inspired to stand on the shore, admiring the courage of others who dare to walk into the melee. Some of us don’t even bother dreaming about jumping in, and instead opt to spread out a towel and sunbathe. They ignore their potential because they choose to remain safe and ignorant.
But you – you choose to walk in.
You walk in and you’re slowly engulfed, the deeper you get. If you’re insistent on moving forward, pretty soon you’ll be out of your depth and engulfed. You’ll find fear there, no matter how strong you swim. The waves are always stronger. They buffet you around, knocking you into rocks, turning you upside down, and you have to fight to breathe. The ocean owns you.
What if there was another way?
Instead of “busy,” instead of choosing a life of overwhelm, what if you were extremely purposeful about your boundaries? What if you were intentional and disciplined about your time management?
What if you learned how to surf?
Today is the day to shift your perspective. You are no longer busy. Instead, you choose to lead a very FULL life, and every single thing you do is meaningful.
You’re going to need to make some cuts. If you expect to ride the waves instead of being owned by them, you won’t be able to carry all of your bullshit to the surface. What can you remove? What can you delegate? What ten things are you doing every single day that are unnecessary? Where can you implement systems that will make your life more streamlined?
After the removal phase, take a look at what you’ve kept – and get ready to cut some more. Do these activities reflect your values? Are you, every single day and every single moment, acting in a way that upholds your idea of your best self? If your moral ideal is getting lost in the noise, how can you fix this?
Now. What kind of life do you want to live?
Get intensely creative. For some perspective-widening, check out Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek. Dig into your goals. Find out why you want them, and find the most enjoyable, effective way to get to them. If you need more inspiration, take a look at my Resources page.
Sit down with a calendar and get excited about time management. You have an amazing gift – the gift of right now. What are you going to do with it? How are you going to fill your days so you’re living at your personal best?
You’ve got one life, as far as we all know. Choose wisely.
Now get after it.