Guest blog post from Adam Scott at Accelerated Lives.
Think about what you told your mother or father that you wanted to be when you grew up. As children we had great aspirations of being veterinarians, doctors, baseball players, and even astronauts. Yet most of us now sit at a desk reading this and are counting down the time until five o clock. We do this five days a week until Friday afternoon hits. Suddenly we are free. Let’s face it, most us are simply working for the weekend. It’s been years, even decades, since we had those childhood dreams. Ask yourself today “what happened?”
Gallup released a report in 2013 that stated that there are twice as many actively disengaged workers in the workforce as there are engaged workers who love their jobs. Gallup also found that only 13 percent of workers felt a sense of passion for their jobs. Take a second and truly digest that statistic. That means that roughly 87 percent of individuals surveyed are surviving their nine to five jobs. This is what I refer to as the “complacent lifestyle.” This is the area where those childhood dreams are slowly drifting from shore and leaving you with a feeling of being “stuck”.
Truly ask yourself again, “What happened?”
What occurred is a very simple concept. We started believing that no matter what we do, the world will keep us where it wants us to keep us. We’ve all felt it before. No matter what we do, nothing seems to work out or we come up with excuses before we actually try. This leads to what I previously referred to as “stuck” and the “complacent lifestyle”. We become complacent to the point we stop trying and start believing that this is the way it will be forever. Slowly but surely we go to work and sit at our miserable desk jobs with our only passion being the weekend. We sit and hope that things will eventually get better.
A mentor of mine once offered the most valuable advice that I can give you. No one is coming to save you. Read that again. No one is coming to save you. We wonder what differentiates successful and passionate people from the average nine to fivers. What could possibly be missing from your complacent life?
THE THING MISSING FROM YOUR COMPLACENT LIFE IS ACTION!
You didn’t become a veterinarian, doctor, baseball player, or astronaut because you stopped taking action in your daily lives. You stopped chasing your dreams because it was easier to make an excuse than to actually make a conscious effort to change it. Most of you would rather complain about how bad or hard it is than to take the simple first step. When did “knowing the struggle” become an achievement? Yet, if you simply took small action steps each day you would realize that you are capable of doing anything you put your mind to.
As most of you reading this know, Dr. Christy Moore initially dropped out of high school. She could have easily have chosen the complacent or stuck life. Yet she took action like so many successful people before her. She knew that the better life was out there and went and got it. She doesn’t have a “Dr.” before her name because she sat on the couch hoping for a better life. She now inspires and serves as an example to others to become more in their personal lives. She knows that it’s never too late to take action.
I come to you stressing that you take action. Around eight months ago I too was at a point where I was working two jobs, living for the weekend, and simply hoping my situation would change. This year I took action on something I have been procrastinating on for several years. On March 8, 2016, a dream of an outdoor company that inspires individuals to find themselves outdoors was born. Starting Accelerated Lives was something I took action on and I continue to take action on to this day. It hasn’t been the easiest thing but I wake up each morning excited for life. Most people cannot even say that. For the first time in my life I have found my passion and it is all because I took action.
So, I leave you with this one simple piece of advice.
No matter how hard it may be
No matter how much time it will take
No matter how much money it will cost
We only get one chance at this beautiful thing called life
SO START TAKING ACTION!