In the past month you have written your roles, your motives and dreams, taken the beginning actions that will lead to bigger risks and possibly come into a few conflicts in the process. Take a minute to consider how your daily purpose has changed. Are you waking up with a new excitement that is pushing you towards continuing the past months adventures? Are you starting to actively write your story with a new vigor towards life?
*If you have read through the past 4 weeks of assignments and failed to write anything down, I suggest you go back to week 1 and commit to yourself to make changes today.
We love hearing about people like Steve Jobs who found where their passion meets their vocation. We are interested in people who believe in what they do. They have unconventionally chosen not to sit behind a desk and report to useless weekly meetings, but have worked hard to build on their own dreams. Once you find that point where your passion starts paying the bills you will be addicted.
The hard part isn’t knowing what you like to do, we have worked to get that on paper in the past month. The difficult part comes when you start living it.
My question for you: How much did they pay you to give up on your dreams?
Every day you have the choice to take one step towards writing a different story. You can start filling in the details now and connecting the dots. The choices aren’t always easy and the consequences are at times harsh. The realization comes when you make the choice to start living instead of merely existing. You take an active role in your story and edit it to become the person you dream of, instead of taking the easy or expected path.
I do want to warn you this choice isn’t easy. The conflict we talked about will quickly come from friends and family doubting your decisions, or the inherent difficulties in the path you’ve chosen. For many, change is scary and risk, even worse. You are opting out of the comfortable, to work harder in return for long-term happiness. Your life story can be filled with pages you are proud of instead of just filling space. You are the leading character and you know what you want, so confront conflict and write yourself an interesting story!
This post is part of an ongoing series on writing a better story for your life.