Either you RUN the day or the day runs YOU.
Great quote from Jim Rohn.
The message is clear and reinforces my personal approach to life. Don’t just let life happen to you, happen back to life. Get your hands dirty, mix it up. Take chances, give something new a try, do your best, give your all and by all means be proactive instead of reactive. Sure you will face your share of challenges, some good and some not so good. There will always be decisions that have to be made and some, in fact many of those decisions will be yours and yours alone to make. But in order to be proactive you have to take advantage of the power that you have. You have the power to do some pretty amazing things in life like help someone in need, inspire others by your example or grant someone the healing powers of forgiveness.
But it all starts with a decision, a personal decision to be proactive. I believe it was Muhammad Ali who said, “I do not believe in taking the right decision, I take a decision and make it right.” Well said because being proactive does not mean that you’re infallible. You may make mistakes and you might even fail but at least you will fail moving forward. The proactive mindset understands that mistakes are learning opportunities. The proactive spirit appreciates that setbacks are lesson reviews. The proactive soul understands that the results of wrong choices are the answers needed to move ahead in the right direction.
So let me ask, what are you going to GET DONE?
So many people set goals, dream dreams and make plans without ever reaching the end. Some are content to always be in the chase, others are afraid of finishing and some just need to reignite their fires of passion and desire.
No matter where you are or how you feel this challenge is for you.
1 … Find something right NOW that you can do that you have put off doing or haven’t mustered enough courage to do in the past and DO IT… or at least do something that represents serious and meaningful progress. Put forth some effort, invest some energy and start happening back to life right now. It could be anything from reaching out to a long lost friend to starting a cleanup project or finally getting a to-do list chore done. Do something, strive to reach the end.
2 … Revisit your list of goals. If you don’t have one create one. Goal list, bucket list whatever you want to call it, review that list now. Write your goals down and then be sure to also preserve it electronically (in your device of choice) If your goals are written down already then rewrite them. Trust me the act of doing this is powerful.
List at least three small goals and three larger scale goals. If you have more list more. Be sure to write down at least one action step (something you will do within the next 24 hours to move closer to reaching your end goal). Do this for each goal on your list. This exercise is important and making time to do this changes your whole vibe and refocuses your mindset. It’s worth it and you’re worth it.
3 … Create at least 3 to 5 action steps that you initiate and employ on a daily basis. These steps should explain what you’re going to do every day to be proactive, This could be as simple as going to bed earlier so as to rise early in the morning refreshed. Don’t wait until the first of the year. Every day is a new day which means today is as good as any other day of the year to get started. Make today your New Years Day and start now.
Eliminate procrastination and replace it with purpose and live your life on purpose.
…. Get DONE!