Why I Believe In YOLO

The concept of YOLO has been around for quite some time now, and I’m just as fascinated by it as I’ve ever been.

When you Google YOLO (at this particular point in time) the first result is Urban Dictionary’s definition of the phrase…

I think this actually has a little bit of merit!

The examples are a kind of out there but the principle can be applied (and has been) by much more reasonable people.

It could be something bigger and more meaningful like going on a trip to a city you’ve always wanted to visit.

Or maybe it’s something a little smaller like going to a concert this upcoming weekend with you old friends.

It all depends on what your goals in life are.

Is your goal to see the Grand Canyon?

Is your goal to stay in touch with your friends?

What do you want most in life?

What can you do today to move closer to that goal?

If your goal is to have a bunch of great memories partying with you friends, then by all means go do that!

Or if your goal in life is to compile a breathtaking album of the Grand Canyon to show your grandchildren, then do that! And if you can’t take that trip right now, then ask yourself what you can do in order to make that trip as soon as you can — and do that instead.

We need to live with intention.

This is something we all need to work on every day — living with puropse.

Many of us struggle with floating through life and allowing whatever gives us instant gratification to take us over and pull us away from making progress towards our goals.

Is the 4 hours you spent watching Netflix last night really helping you get towards your goals in life?

If not, then why are are you doing it?

I understand that we all want to relax and enjoy our time — and that’s important.

But I think what’s scarier, and more important in life is working towards and achieving our goals.

Because if we don’t we’re going to feel the regret of not doing so.

Ask yourself this

When you wake up 5 years from now, are you going to be happy that you watched 4 hours of Netflix every other night?

Is that going to sit well with you?

Or do you think you’re going to wish you used that time to pursue purpose and meaning in your life?

I’m not saying you should never watch Netflix, but you should be mindful about how you spend the majority of your time.

It’s easy to let things grab your attention — we live in a world full of distractions.

But your time is valuable, and it’s never coming back. The time you spent today, you can never go back and get.

So when you find yourself succumbing to pressure to take your attention away from your goals in life, before you say YOLO and watch that next episode of Game of Thrones or anything else that isn’t bringing you closer to your goal, I want you to seriously consider if it’s worth your time.

Find out what’s most important to you in life, and go pursue that.

Because life’s too short to not do what you want.

And a lot of times, depending on what your goals are, it takes work to achieve them.

So make every day count — live intentionally and do the work and achieve the goals. Because YOLO.