What do you do when life only gives you the same challenges it gives everyone around you?
You challenge yourself.
Our inner compulsions and desires are our calling. They are a part of us and lead us to a fuller life. [Just because it needs to be said; Only Good Desires Should Be ACTED ON! A good desire brings and gives life to you and those around you.] Life is made up of our experiences and pursuing the most life-giving ones enriches our short time here on earth.
Now, what I have been doing lately is planning out my goals. Determining what I need to do and overcome to accomplish them. I have two on-going goals that have begun at the beginning of this month and end in October.
The first is to write a book.
The second run a marathon distance.
The plans for both are varied but doable. They require sticking to it. They require determination. But they did require planning. For the book, I had to determine a word count and I plotted the book out. Doing that gives me a road map and a set goal each day. I look at plotting like the first draft. I gave myself three days to write it.
Working on the marathon distance, it takes a lot more planning. I have to make sure I am getting stretching (yoga) done so I don’t tighten up, I created four different workout routines to complement and push my body, and I scheduled runs and workouts for the next two months.
The more I plot out in my life; I realize there is more I want to do. I also see empty slots of time that could be used to work on those things. Life isn’t about being busy all the time. But it is about pursuing experiences you want to have. For most of us, we have to plan those pursuits, we have to do something to become the person who has those kinds of experiences. Life doesn’t just fall into place when we do things that are out of place for us. In other words, you cannot win the lottery if you do not buy a ticket.
Most of us are not doing enough to live the life we want to live. We are barely scratching the surface of what we are truly capable of. Making plans based on our desires is just a start. Life will happen and challenge us as we go; when we do we are truly getting to live. Life is best when we have the beauty of adversity that makes us better for having gone through it.
I hope you have a great week coming up. But if you have a chance today and give your desire a chance to live, set a challenging goal, but one that will give you a win. After that win do it again, the more little wins add up and before you know it you will be ready for some big W’s.
No one is going to do this for you. That inner desire is the most the universe will give you, for now, the rest is up to you.