This week, during some of the quiet times on the ship, I have been thinking a lot about what is means to be strong and live a courageous life. Which has lead me to consider what it means to move beyond what we think we are expected to do and begin to think about what it is we want to do. This may mean taking the road less traveled.
I have been spending a lot of time listening to Brian Tracy talk. In his lectures, he talks about how most of us only reach approximately 10% of our full potential. He states that what’s holding us back is fear and guilt; two wasted emotions. That is so crazy to me. It seems to me that we spend more time living someone else life, than we do our own. We need to take charge of our futures and begin to tap into our true potential before we look back on our lives with regrets, wishing things could have turned out differently.
I found this quote: “Even the bravest of creatures have some fears, but it’s not enough to stop them from moving to the path they are destined to walk upon.”- Unknown
So what is stopping us from living the life we are destined to live? I don’t want to spend a second living a life that is not meaningful or doing something that makes me question myself or prevents me from doing the things I love and neither should anyone else.
Like the vast ocean I am traveling across this week, our lives can be vast and filled with countless opportunities, we just can’t be afraid to work for them and to achieve what we want. I don’t want to be part of the 10% statistic. I want to continue to set goals and work regularly to achieve them. So I say fight for what you believe. Tap into your inner warrior and begin living the life you imagined not the one you think you have to in order to make someone else (maybe you parents, friends, or spouse) happy. You have the strength and courage to do anything you want; you just need to be willing to work for it.
To begin, start by doing some soul searching and be true to yourself. Think about what you want out of life and write it down. Then, start to create a list of 10 values you have. What makes you who you are? Next, generate a list of 10 things you don’t want. Using your wants and values start thinking about goals for yourself. Write them down in the present tense. These goals should align with your values and wants.
When performing goal writing, think about and create 1-year goals (personal, professional, health), 5-year goals, and than 10-year goals. Finally, make a plan and start working towards achieving them. It should be noted that less than 5% of people have goals and less than 1% of people write them down. People who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them and are more successful than people who do not. We all need to believe in ourselves and know that we are stronger than any obstacle placed in our way.
As a lululemon ambassador I had he privilege of completing my goal writing session with the fabulous and inspirational manager of the Princeton, Palmer Square store, Roy (perk of the ambassadorship ). Now I am working to achieve the goals I have set for myself!!
Why waste another day? Why do something mediocre when you can be doing something GREAT?!
Take that new job, travel, step outside your comfort zone, workout, be healthy, be kind, and live the best life ever!!
“A warrior feeds her body well. She trains it, works it. Where she lacks the knowledge she studies. But above all, she must believe in her strength of will and purpose, and heart and soul!”- David Gamel