Have you ever experienced a profound sense of peace and joy that came together at the same moment. Some would call that a state of bliss, or presence. A moment when time stood still, the past wasn’t calling you back and the future wasn’t pulling you forward, you were in the present.
Being in the present is a time when life is filled with purpose and feels magical. Sometimes those moments last only a few seconds, a few minutes and then disappear as worries about the future creep back or anger about the past drags you down. Where are you?
When have you experienced a magical moment where time stood still, where time didn’t press you backwards or forwards, but just stopped?
Authentic living is living between the past and the future. It is a place where so many people want to be and somehow they have seem to have lost the ability to live between the past and the future. Where are you living? Are you living for the future, a place of worry, or are you tied to the past, a life of regret and anger? What is your answer?
“The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. “
–December 1, 1862 Abraham Lincoln
Make today the day you start doing something new for yourself. In 1862 President Lincoln called out to say, “we face a new day, a new era, new changes and we can no longer think and act like we did in the past.” We are at that new day, that new era, that new place and we can no longer depend on what worked in the past to work for us in the future.
The economy is floundering and bouncing around without a clear direction. It is waiting for something but what? It is waiting for “you” to take action.
If you’re thinking, “How can I change the economy?” It starts when you fully engage in everyday life. It starts when you go to work and you put in 100% of you into the work. It starts when you put 100% of you into life. It starts when you believe that you can make a difference.
One of the problems we face today is the fact that everyone is waiting for someone else to make a difference. Take a look at a company like Zappos where their values reflect leadership, authenticity, and creativity. They have abolished a model of leadership that should have passed away at the end of the industrial age. It is a place where ideas flourish and egos (those who use positional power as a leadership model) have faded out of the picture. Zappos has instituted a new model of leadership that engages people in the work they do. The point is that when a company (which is just a large community of people with a common purpose, focus and goal) takes action things happen for the good. If you took action and had a purpose, focus and a goal imagine what would happen in your life.
If you are waiting for something to happen for you then you’re not taking charge of your life. If you are someone who is desiring to create change not only for yourself but for others then what are you waiting for. The time is today to make the change for you.
When do you want to start living the life you really want to live?
“To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.” William James
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There comes a time when you know all that you need to know. There comes a time when you are ready. There comes a time when you have to make a choice to take action to live the life you desire.
Whatever is holding you back from taking action is holding you back from living the life you want to have. Action, the state of doing, and producing a result. For many action is contemplated but due a number of reasons the action is never taken. What actions are you holding back from doing because you aren’t quite ready yet.
Here are some popular anti-action ideas:
1. I don’t know enough.
2. I can’t do it.
3. I need more time.
4. I need someone to show me first.
5. I am not sure it would matter.
6. It’s not the right time.
7. When I get __________ I’ll be able to do it.
8. I don’t know how.
What is your reason for not taking action?
When will you know?
What goals do you have? How important are those goals?
Nathaniel Braden wrote, “To feel competent to live and worth of happiness, I need to experience a sense of control over my existence. This requires that I be willing to take responsibility for my actions and the attainment of my goals. This means that I take responsibility for my life and my well-being.”
That would mean the time is now to take action. What actions are you going to take? What worthy goal do you have that is important enough to stop doing what you are doing now and start on a new path?
“Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” Wayne Dyer