Do one thing that scares you.
Earlier this week I got a question I wasn’t able to answer immediately.
“When was the last time you took a leap of faith?”
The truth is not that I didn’t know how to answer it. I did know the answer but for some reason I got stuck thinking if that was really the last time I took a leap of faith? Could it possibly be that eight years have gone by and I don’t have any other new example?
Eight years ago I probably took the most important decision of my life: I moved to another country. Leaving my comfort zone and moving abroad to a completely unfamiliar place was a terrifying thought but my life as it was then and there wasn’t going anywhere either. I needed a kick, a fresh start, new purpose. I now call it “purpose”. 25 years old me called it “adventure”. So I did it. I didn’t really think too much about it, just closed my eyes and I did it.
We live simple, mundane lives that keep us trapped like a mouse in a cage, doing the same things over and over. Everything is executed on autopilot until we lose track of what we really want, what our real goals are. We just let ourselves be carried away by life. This is how we end up doing jobs we hate, earn money to buy things we don’t need, impress people who don’t matter. We let ourselves be pushed into a corner until it is too late and too damn difficult to push ourselves out and do something about it.
The hard core truth is that today if you don’t live a life you love, it’s 9.9 out of ten times because you are comfortable… because you aren’t doing something that makes you afraid to get out of your own mouse trap, to escape the corner where you’ve placed yourself in. It’s part of the price of getting to a place that you are meant to be in.
If you are not in love with the life that you are living, you need to make adjustments to get there. It all starts with first identifying the things that you want out of life, for yourself. It can be simple things such as changing your eating habits, or training more or even deciding to have more meaningful conversations with your partner.
Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know either when they were in their 20s or 30s and some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t. Ultimately, the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.
Dare to make the changes necessary, for yourself! Don’t take the easy way out, do the things that scare you and take that leap of faith sometimes. Every decision you make is 50% chance so don’t congratulate yourself if it works out and definitely don’t berate yourself if it doesn’t.
“Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.” — Mau Kilauea
As for me, since the beginning of the year I did two things that scared me my whole life: i) I swam in the ocean with the sharks and ii) I made a long-term financial investment. Keep moving forward and stop looking behind.