Your alarm wakes you up, and you still see the bills by the side of your bed. You sigh deeply and fold yourself back into your thick blanket because you are cold from life’s worries, opening your pores and making you vulnerable. So, you drag yourself out of your bed to prepare for a 9 to 5 job that makes you feel trapped in a rat race and unfulfilled. You are pigeonholed in that job. However, you can’t leave the job because you have bills to pay, and the economy can sometimes be quite hostile.
“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit.” — Christopher McCandless.
You try to put up a smile when you are out and about, so people don’t notice the weight of the world on your shoulders. On some days, when you, unfortunately, hit traffic on your way to work, it looks like the world just crashed in front of you as you envision your angry boss waiting to tear you apart as soon as you scramble your way into work—late because of the traffic. Day after day, this cycle continues, and you start to hate the way your life is panning out. The time has come for you to stop dreaming and start doing.
Most of us have faced this phase of life at one point or the other. Life throws spears at us, and only a few people have the shields to avoid its piercings and the toll of damage it delivers. Life at times can be like the boisterous waves of the sea, tossing and ravaging all that is in its way. It can get tough at times; however, as Robert Schuller once said in his epic book, “Tough times never last, but tough people do,” should give us some dose of encouragement to continue forging ahead. We must toughen our will as we go through the challenging situations of life.
We all respond to circumstances differently, and only a few decide and make the concerted effort needed to escape the rat race’s cyclical life. Life throws a lot at everyone, but only “the few” have the oomph to break away from the web of the everyday struggle that typifies the life they wish not to live. Only “the few” make the dreams of the life that they want to experience a reality. Many people, lacking the willpower, or just afraid, chose to remain in the life they loathe. It requires a precise mold of willpower to transform and change their lives’ status quo to the desired lifestyle they dream about. It’s time for you to act.
Here is the hard truth—changing your life is not a walk in the park; sometimes, it sure can be a daunting experience. It can be arduous, but the truth also is that it is not impossible. So, would you preferably remain stuck in your unfavorable circumstance because you are afraid of the difficulty it takes to change your life? If you cower because of fear, that would be a sad choice. Nothing will change until you change. You must make up your mind and lay a grasp on the bullhorns of the change that you desire. You must pay the price for the change that you want. It’s time for you to take action, don’t procrastinate your change.
“The one thing you’ve gotta do is that you need to always do the best you can do, no matter what the given situation, no matter what comes up against you. You do the best you can do, and you never give up. Never quit.” — James Corden.
Wouldn’t it better you took a chance to seek a transformation of your status quo? Trying is better than not trying at all. Often, people choose to remain in their uncomfortable circumstances because they are crippled by fear—the fear of trying to make a change. They worry about not wanting to fail should they attempt to change, and the transformation fails—fear of embracing the unknown cripples their will to move forward. Fear of not wanting to leave the confines of their present situation holds them back from their dreams. If the life you are currently living is not the life you want to live, is it not better that you do something about it? However, the choice is yours to make at the end of the day.
Changing your status can be as complicated as Advanced Calculus for those who find Mathematics challenging, but it all starts to turn for the better when you decide to have a better life. Start by embracing the pain and know that failures are necessary for a better you. Know what you want in life. Know that you only have one life to live. Be determined to make it a fun life that you will celebrate, not a life you will tolerate. Dwell on what you love doing most and develop an innovative idea of making money from what you cherish most. Create! Innovate! Elevate!
“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.” — Michael Jordan.
Start small and take it one step at a time and you will see your life gradually change for the better. Understand that anything worthwhile takes some effort to accomplish. Happiness is a choice, but life still happens. No matter what position you find yourself in, there is always a way out. However, it would help if you made a conscious effort not to dwell on the situation as the world has already ended. You can live a better life. Start doing something about it and get rid of all excuses that will make you remain stuck with your present reality. The time for change is now!
[Source: Original Version: If this is Not the Life You Want to Live, Do Something About It. Cited and edited with the permission of Nelly Essien by the Editor-In-Chief].