“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
There is no shortage of quotes suggesting that you can, and ought, to pursue the life you envision. Henry Ford noted that “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right,” and Katherine Hepburn’s mother advised, “Don’t die wondering!”
Two weeks ago we quoted Paula Kerger, “Find the courage to take a scary leap.”
Cheryl Strayed changed her last name to reflect her personal history, hiked the Pacific Coast Trail to kick her addictions, and ended up with a book, Wild, and Reese Witherspoon playing her in a very good movie. She also has a book of unconventional quotes, “Brave Enough” which are none-the-less applicable to many of us who have also strayed with both positive and negative results.
There are no lack of quotes, books, and, yes, Newsletters, offering advice, inspiration, information, and thought-provoking commentary. But there is one thing that these can’t provide: ACTION!
Only you can decide that it’s time for that.
Most of us sentence ourselves to Contemplation Hell for a very long stretch – sometimes life. We pretend that contemplating is doing. It isn’t. Once the research is over, it’s just procrastination.
Deciding not to decide is still a decision and a choice. Deciding not to find out is still willful ignorance. Avoiding getting a life still means not living one.
So! Perhaps it’s time to follow one client’s summation of our “2 Step” program: “Get a grip; get a life!”