Are you surviving or thriving?

I have been reading a book called “Poke the Box” by Seth Godin, it is a fascinating read about the changes in today’s society. How we have moved out of the industrial age and what it really takes to survive and thrive in the world today. No longer is it enough to sit idle and wait to be told what to do, no longer is it enough to just meander through life. You may survive in life by doing that but will be far from thriving.

So what does it take to thrive? What is the difference?

The difference between the two is what you choose to do with your life, our role is no longer to fit in and follow the status quo. We are here to make a difference in any way shape or form we can, and we all can!

Do you make a difference or are you just wandering along unaware that you actually have the power to do that, you have the power to make a difference.

I am sure you have had similar times to me, where you have great ideas about starting something, making a difference. But that is all they stay as, ideas in your mind. They are really of no use in there unless you do something with them. Ideas are not going to make a difference until they are implemented and started. It only takes one small step to start.

There are so many reasons we do not start, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of breaking the rules, I do not know how etc etc etc. The list really goes on. How do you think we actually learn, we learn through attempting, through doing? If we fail that is ok, we know we started and we know we can learn something, modify our attempt and go again.

If the goal is important enough to you why would you give up on it? Sometimes we can go into analysis paralysis where we look at every angle, every piece of advice, ask all the possible questions we can. It is important to do your due diligence, but at the end of the day the true learning is in the starting and doing. We cannot truly learn how to succeed in what we want by just talking to people, we actually have to work it out for ourselves.

We have to be willing to fail. So go out and start something, even if it is small. Answer the phone differently; help someone you see in need. Anything, just start to get into the habit of starting, and enjoy the results.

Is FEAR holding you back from what is possible?

I was watching the Royal Wedding last night and looking at The Abbey. It reminded me of when I was standing in a similar church in the UK visiting my sister. I was in absolute awe of what had been created by these individuals.

I asked myself, how did they do it? How long would it have taken?

If people could produce that kind of building all those years ago, what are we doing today? In the yester year we have had electricity, the light build, cars and aeroplanes invented. Amazing churches and pyramids built. What amazing dedication, tenacity and commitment it would have taken to produce these luxuries of today.

The people that created these inventions, were willing to fail and fail and try again until they worked it out, there was no other option but the end result. They were not going to be denied.

Do we have that same dedication today or has it been lost? Are we so caught up in the fear of doing the wrong thing or making a mistake we stay in the same unhappy place? Are you playing it safe thinking you are secure where you are? If you never take a risk you will never know.

Fear can stop us in our tracks. The only way through fear is to move forward, take an action step forward and then commit to taking continual action steps forward. If we did what the people before us have done on a daily basis we too could invent the light build or build a pyramid. Are you ready?