Declaration of Independence signer John Hancock said, ‘All worthwhile men have good thoughts, good ideas and good intentions, but precious few of them ever translate those into action.’
How many times have you conceptualized a great business idea, put pen to paper and mapped out a plan, only to put it down and never follow through with it? How many times have you had a life changing thought, one that would propel you into what you were purposed for but something distracts you and forget about it and never manage to return to it? Have you always longed to have a particular experience, for example, volunteering in a African village, doing whatever it is that you think you have to offer, but somehow never get around to doing it? Is it a trip you have always wanted to take, a conversation you longed to have with some important to you?
What is it that is preventing you from having that experience? Is it your collective responsibilities to your spouse, your children, your siblings, your mother, father, friends, job, church or a group of which you are a part? Your mortgage, student loans, car note, medical or credit card bills? Or could it be that someone told you it won’t work, it’s too much, it’s not worth the risk? So if it won’t work, why is it that years later, you are still unable to let go of that dream?
No one is preventing you from having these experiences other than you. Only you can make the decision. People and circumstances may create limitations; however only YOU can define the boundaries within which you operate. It is up to you to decide to live within the box or kick down the boundaries.
The worst thing I think, for any human, is unrealized potential. As a matter of fact, POTENTIAL is one of my least favourite words. To me, it indicates at state of arrested development, where one has so much promise but yet never self actualizes.
The fact is, these responsibilities are always going to be there. They are a fact of life and there is no getting away from them, as long as you have decided to engage in particular life activities which invite these in. We get so tied to ‘being responsible’ that it stifles who we were meant to become. We die a little bit each day (as it is with living) and often we are at our life’s end without the time or opportunity to take that leap of faith. Perhaps, by being just a little selfish, this decision could have resulted in a chain reaction of blessings and selfless acts. You end up paying it forward by stepping out of your comfort zone.
A song that I love, Baz Luhrmann’s “Everybody’s Free (to wear sunscreen)”, reminds us that life is about taking chances because you never know what will happen. The wisest man that ever lived, King Solomon reminds us in Ecclesiastes 9: 11 ” I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favour to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.” It’s not about rushing into an act but instead, taking the bull by the horn when the opportunity presents itself, comes what may.
You’re not doing yourself or the world a favour by hiding from what’s in your heart. It’s time to declare your independence from mediocrity and tepidity and step out of that comfort zone.
The world has been waiting for you.