I nearly had a breakdown. At the time I was sitting on 281, stuck in rush hour traffic, creeping past the Basse rd exit here in San Antonio and asking myself how this happened.
As a child, I was always bright and excited and eager. I had plans.
I stole printer-paper from my parents and drew plans for how my barn was going to look, how the pastures would work together for efficiency and maximum coverage, where the trails would be set. I even had lists of what kinds of horses I wanted down to the breed, color, gender and name.
And I followed my plans pretty darn well.
I graduated summa cum laude with a degree in horsing around (No kidding – my degree was equine business and facility management) and was going to get a job running a barn living my dream. That’s where things started veering off course.
After two years of working a 9-5 job, I broke down in tears on the freeway trying to get home wondering how I’d lived 24 years and achieved absolutely nothing close to my childhood dreams.
It was a hard lesson then, but I’m glad I learned it at 24 instead of 44 or later! That revelation was part of what spurred me to start a business and become who I am today.
There are so many people out there living every year like I did: watching the ball fall and toasting to a “New Year, New Me!” every January. Then one year later, nothing has really changed.
For some of us, it's because we've set goals in the past and over extended ourselves so we've learned not to set ourselves up for disappointment, for others, it's because we've just never really LOOKED at what's going on!
So if you are catching your thought patterns hitting on any of these in any variation, it’s time to make a change!
- Wow? Where does the time go? (And no answer really pops into your head in response)
- What do I have to show for the past (insert length of time)?
- I’ll get started on that next year…
- I’ll wait to start on that until ______ because then I’ll be really committed….
Or any variation, it’s time to put a stop to it. Seriously.
You won’t be more committed tomorrow than you are today. You won’t be more excited or passionate about it tomorrow than you are today. So it’s time to take a good hard look at your life. Pick one thing you are going to start changing, and start today.
Small changes are sustainable. Make small changes at first, be consistent and before you know it, you will be leaps ahead of everyone else.
Ready to make a major difference in your life?