I have a quote hanging on my office wall:
“To change your life: start immediately, do it flamboyantly, no exceptions.”
— William Jones
I’ve looked at it many, many times over the past year or so, and have never taken it to heart as I have today.
I had a break-down last week about my life. I was starting to feel depressed, un-motivated, and like a cog in someone else’s machine.
The break-down was horrible. Beyond horrible.
I’m a firm believer that break-downs can often be breakthroughs.
When I took a hard look at my depression, it was because I realized that, while on most days I enjoyed most of what I did for a living, there were still many practices, people, and BS in my life that I’d held on to for safety, self-consciousness, or some other fear-based emotion.
I knew exactly what it took to accomplish the results of my dreams, and yet I had only taken 50% of the steps towards those goals.
Why was I holding myself back?
If you want the results you’ve always had, do the things you’ve always done.
That statement ricochetted on the inside of my skull for days and I began to see my favorite quote in a new light.
I had to immediately pack up the BS, cut out the things I didn’t like about my life, and make a dramatic turn towards the life that I want.
Nothing less than 100% effort towards the life of my dreams would be acceptable.