Are You Ready To Get Out Of Your Own Way?
Have you noticed that time seems to pass at a faster rate as you age? I certainly have and it continues to make me freak out a bit whenever I stop and notice it. I decided to seek out an explanation and this is what I’ve figured out:
When you’re 5 years old, a year is one fifth of your life. That makes it seem like an impossibly long time, especially if you’re five and have to wait until next year for something you really want.
In comparison, when you’re 20, a year is only one twentieth of your life, and while the days don’t exactly fly by yet, a year doesn’t seem like the eternity it was at five
By the time you’re 50 and a year is only one fiftieth of the time you’ve experienced, a year whips by pretty quickly.
That got me thinking… How much time do I have left? Currently the average Canadian women will live to 84. According to my math that means I have approximately 40 ½ years to go. So far I have been on the planet for 15 892 days (or 381 408 hours or 304.5 in dog years…) Wow!
Then I realized that 186 days have passed since my last birthday! Before looking at the calendar it certainly didn’t feel like 186 days, maybe 4 months at best! Obviously the calendar begs to differ…
What have I accomplished, completed or achieved since November 9th? What have I put off ‘until tomorrow’? What have I added to my elusive ‘to-do-list’? All I know for sure is there are still A LOT of things I want to accomplish before my 80 years are up!
What’s my point? We spend a lot of time thinking about how quickly time is passing us by and we don’t DO anything about it. Most of us know what we’d like to have happen in our lives and, if you put a gun to our heads and demanded how we’d accomplish that desire, we could probably even figure out how to make it happen.
Yet We Don’t.
We think about it, almost like we’re trying to ‘wish’ it into existence. I’m here to tell you life doesn’t work that way! If you want something, you’re going to have to work for it!
The trouble is, we (as human beings) are not designed to keep pushing our boundaries on our own. We need support!
What? Me? Need Help?
That’s right! We need support. Think about it… You’ve been doing things the way you’ve been doing them for a long time! You do things so well you don’t even notice you’re doing them because you’ve had SO much practice!
- Get that the way you ‘don’t exercise’ is something that you do.
- The way you don’t ‘consistently follow a budget’ is something that you do.
- The way you ‘stay in your job’ even though it’s unfulfilling is something that YOU DO!
Stay with me here… this concept can be a little tough to wrap your head around initially. Everything that you do or don’t do in your life is a habit or method-of-operating that you’ve created. The longer you’ve been doing it, the more ingrained it is. If you’re going to try to change that habit or M.O. it’s really going to take some consciousness and effort on your part.
If you’ve ever attempted to make a drastic change in your life like losing a reasonable amount of weight, paying off debt or following a budget, curing a sugar addiction, limiting a Netflix addiction – YOU KNOW how ‘hard’ it is. Making any of these changes is not rocket science yet we still struggle to take the steps to make any significant difference in our lives.
You know all you need to do is eat clean, workout, spend less than you make, and turn off the TV – but the likelihood of you doing any of those things for an extended period of time is limited. It’s not really in your nature – especially given the immediate gratification world we live in now.
I can download a song the moment it’s released therefore I should be able to lose 10 lbs by the end of the week. We look at the end goal instead of the incremental steps and anything less than the end goal is somehow viewed (unconsciously) as failure, so why bother…
What am I getting at here?
Well it occurs to me that in most cases we’re fighting an up-hill battle in the world of making change. Most of us have set up our lives to support comfort and the status quo – even though comfort doesn’t always mean awesome, fulfilling, or the best life possible.
Comfort in this conversation means the familiar, the way things are and the way they’ve always been. Trying to make a change (which is a reality if you want different results or to do something you’ve never done before) goes against how we generally live our day-to-day lives.
Now I know that’s not news to you! So why bring it up? Simple.
TIME IS PASSING YOU BY!!
And only YOU can do something about it! If you want to create change in your life, you’ll need a reliable structure that will support you when your will power or discipline deserts you. Create an accountability connection for yourself!
- Ask your friends or your partner.
- Talk to an expert.
- Hire a professional.
- Join a group.
How many days since your last birthday? How many until your next one? What did you think you’d have accomplished by the time you were that age? You know you have big things you want to do in your life. You know that being effective in the arena of change isn’t easy. Bottom line? If you want to achieve something new or different, you HAVE to employ a different method to get there!
Here’s an AWESOME video to help get your juices flowing: The Five Book
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