“Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day;

live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have.

It is later than you think.”

~ Horace

Born to be alive

Several days ago, while listening to the radio, a song came on that I had not heard in a long time, “Born to be alive.” I don’t know about you, but I am always getting songs stuck in my head. Anyway, even though this sounds obvious, we often get so busy with living and making a living, that we forget to live…

You have got to go for your goals, be the best you can be, live your dreams, follow your heart and somewhere in between all of that stuff, you have to live your life, pay your bills, look after your children and build your relationships. Is it any wonder that attempting to go for your goals ends up pretty low on your list of “things to do.”

Busy striving and not thriving?

When you have made the decision that you want to look into changing your old mental programming, it is not only making the transition from old to new that can stop you, although this has the potential to be a major stumbling block. You get bodded down because you are also juggling running the other parts of your daily life. The desire to change and improve your life will be in competition with taking care of the needs of you, your family and your work.

Staying alive in order to pay the bills and take care of life eats up a large portion of our time and energy, even without having to try to focus on what new goals we want to achieve. When you have been working 8 – 10 – 12 hours, motivating yourself to build you network for your business, so that you can eventually leave your job or work from home can seem like a real effort.

Often you are so busy taking care of staying alive that sometimes there seems to be too little energy left over to work on the one thing that may make all the other things work together better. The busy-ness of life can easily provide multiple opportunities to put your dream on hold and to stop living. Will your dreams be buried with you because you have lost all hope of ever achieving them when you got tied down with earning a living, taking on a mortgage and working to pay the bills?

The choice is yours

Ultimately you have to make a decision. You must decide how much you really want to run your own business, have your dream home or drive your dream car. When you decide that it is finally time to go for it, you will need to come up with a strategy to keep yourself focused, and accept the fact that everyday living has the potential to crush your dreams and leave you stuck in a life that you are basically unhappy with.

But you have the power to change that and make things happen, by making different choice.s You can make choices like waking up thirty minutes before your children to write out your goals. You can make the choice to start small and build up to leaving employment so that you can work from home or run your own shop. You can make the choice to keep going when the first plans don’t work out and to try something new. You can make the choice to switch off the television an hour earlier and spend that time before going to bed reviewing your day, doing some purposeful self-reflection or listening to a motivational CD or DVD.

You make and continue to make those choices because there is a desire in you, a fire in your belly, a yearning in your heart, to succeed that outweighs any feelings of inertia you may be having.

In life, there will always be “stuff” to do. No one is disputing that fact. But when the “stuff” overtakes and becomes more urgent than your dreams and aspirations, then that is where finding your drive for something more becomes the motivating force that compels you forward… one step and one day at a time.

Do it now!

If right this moment you find that you are too busy just staying alive, and you’d rather be truly enjoying your living, then it is time to stop and decide whether you are satisfied with where you are, or do you want something different for yourself. Making that critical decision is your first step. The second step is to do…

Thoughts?

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