Considering we spend such a large chunk of our life working, it would be logical to expect that the majority of us spend that time doing something we love.
But is that the case?
From the number of unhappy people I have met over the years I would suggest not!
So many of us seem to just drift, allowing life to happen to us instead of living the life of our dreams.
As children we dream big, we are not afraid to believe, we are not worried about what others think, we are not afraid of failure.
With adulthood comes relationships, mortgages, peer pressure and a whole lot of other baggage either perceived or real.
Yet we think on average 50,000 thoughts a day and have the ability to think whatever we choose. Surely with that much thinking we can think ourselves into the life we want? What do I mean by that, you say? Well with the ability to think whatever we want and the the average person thinking 50,000 thoughts a day then why not train your mind to think positive thoughts, thoughts of where you want to be and how you are going to get there.
Often though instead of this, many of us reflect on the past, on what we could have done better or on “what-if scenarios”.
Alternatively we day dream about the future, wishing our lives away with ideas like “I’ll exercise once I lose some weight” or “everything will be better once the mortgage is paid off” or “I’ll travel when I retire” or the classic “when I win the lotto…”
But really, all we have, all we will ever have is the NOW. The past is gone and when tomorrow comes it will be today so really if you are not happy with your lot or you want to see changes then the only time you have to do anything about it is NOW.
“Now is the only reality — all else is either memory or imagination. And even for the past to exist as memory, now is needed. It doesn’t exist as the past; it exists as a thought in the present.
So is the case with the future: the future does not exist as the future, it exists as imagination in the present moment. All that exists, exists in the now. Now is the only time there is.” – OSHO
Learn to focus your thoughts on what you do want from life, on what you want to become or do, rather than lamenting on the rut you are in. Instead of wasting time with the “whingers” surround yourself with the “doers”. If you are in a dead end job do something about it; don’t blame your boss, your family, your finances or anything else.
Take the time to think instead of your ideal life, then set your vision and focus on what it will take for you to achieve it.
And remember, you only have NOW to make that change…