What’s the secret to achieving what you want in your life? You begin.
But, you don’t begin, do you? Instead …
You think about it.
You dream about it.
You fantasize about it.
You count all the ways your life will be better if you’d just have this or that.
You even start to plan it out. What you’ll do. What you’ll say. How you’ll behave differently.
You do all these things, but don’t begin.
You don’t take action.
You say you’re not ready. You say you’ll start when X or Y or Z happens. You promise yourself that while you can’t “get to it today,” tomorrow will be the day that you’ll start. You vow to jump in with all your heart and soul. You pledge your commitment will be unwavering.
“Will be” unwavering. Not “is” unwavering. Commitments to future action are about as useful as a snow shovel in Alabama in August.
What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von GoetheClick To Tweet
Your ideas for what you want in your life are big, but you’re trapped in the not-as-happy-as-you-want-it-to-be life you’re living (and it’s a trap largely of your own making). Life, where you are now, is comfortable. Well, if truth be told, it’s not comfortable, but you’ve gotten used to it. So, it’s comfortable in an uncomfortable way.
Your ideas for your life can be so much more than a dream or fantasy. They can be a reality, but only if you’ll begin taking action towards them.
Sure, what you want seems a long way away from where you are right now, but so what? Does that make the desire any less real? No.
It’s amazing how much closer your goals will feel once you start moving in the direction of what you want. Like a mountain in the distance, head towards it, and you’ll find you’re at its foothills in no time.
It doesn’t matter how big the steps you take are, as long as you’re taking a new step forward day in and day out. The truth is that once you commit with your whole body, mind, and soul to achieving something, the universe has a way of helping you achieve it more quickly than what you now believe is possible.
I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” –Diane Ackerman
So, what is it that you truly, deeply, with your whole heart and soul want for your life?
Begin walking towards it.
But you won’t, because we people are so predictable. We dream. We imagine. And we resist moving forward.
You won’t get what you want because you won’t begin, right?
Now, please … I beg of you … please … prove me wrong!
20 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 bow lines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sales. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain
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33 Quotes That’ll Inspire You to Take Action to Achieve What You Want
“The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu
“The only thing worse than starting something and failing … is not starting something.” ~ Seth Godin
“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.” ~ James Cameron
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~ C.S. Lewis
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble yet reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale
“I knew that if I failed, I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” ~ Jeff Bezos
“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” ~ Lupita Nyong’o
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” ~ Walt Disney
“I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.” ~ Walter Cronkite
“Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.” ~ John Wooden
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” ~ Earl Nightingale
“When you’ve got a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let it go.” ~ Carol Burnett
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
“Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” ~ Chris Grosser
“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” ~ Andrew Carnegie
“I don’t focus on what I’m up against. I focus on my goals and ignore the rest.” ~ Venus Williams
“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” ~ George Herbert
“Not fulfilling your dreams will be a loss to the world, because the world needs everyone’s gift – yours and mine.” ~ Barbara Sher
“The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you.” ~ Tom Bradley
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” ~ Robert Collier
“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci
“Nothing will work unless you do.” ~ Maya Angelou
“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” ~ Sam Levenson
“The secret of getting ahead is starting. The secret of getting started is breaking your task into smaller, manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. ~ Mark Twain
“Go for it now. The future is promised to no one” ~ Wayne Dyer
“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” ~ Jim Rohn
“This one step: choosing a goal and sticking to it, changes everything.” ~ Scott Reed
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney
“Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream.” ~ Peter McWilliams
“If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it – teach yourself to be impatient.” ~ Gurbaksh Chahal
“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” ~ Harriet Beecher Stow
“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” ~ David Brinkley
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ~ Arthur Ashe