24 April 2012, by A. Cedilla
You want this.
You want that.
You want, waant, waaant.
What are you doing about it?
We want. In the back of our heads, even if we rarely truly pay attention, we’re always on the alert for the next shiny, the next new thing that catches our eye. Something new comes up — a bit of hot news, the next-gen incarnation of your fave whatever, the latest widget — we come closer. We dream of what we can do with it. We eye, examine, fondle. If we like it, we spin madly glittery tales about what we can do with it.
And we covet.
Human beings are built to have an ever-present need for stimulation, but it takes experience, training and a little bit of heartbreak –okay, more than a little bit — to get past all the bright and shinies distracting us and focus on going after what we really want and need.
Say you want things to be better in your life. Something along the lines of “My life will definitely be easier if-when I ______.” That time isn’t now, or even next week, (next month?) so…
What are you doing in the meantime?
- You want change to happen but you’re nervous about what it will mean, and how much it will cost.
- Big change breaks down into incremental (read: small) changes carried out in consistent actions.
Fears can prove themselves true or not with the passage of time, but you shouldn’t let fear stop you. Fear is an internal mind-game. If you let fear override you, it chips at your agency.
Examine your life and look at the decisions you’ve made, the actions you’ve taken. Do you see any trends? Are you just filling in your “in the meantime” or are you making your time count until you realize your desires?
What are these small steps you can take each day to make a difference?
Perhaps it’s just pulling away from all the soda. Or cutting down on the TV. Maybe it’s taking the stairs instead of the elevator, for two floors, just to start. Maybe it’s taking a deep breath instead of snapping back when your parent/significant other/sibling/friend opens their mouth about your ‘issues’.
Maybe it’s cutting loose a partner who’s no longer helping you progress…or just adding three more customer follow-ups than you feel you can answer each day. It’s up to you to take a good long look at your life and examine what needs shaking up. Continue reading You Want Better…What Are you Doing To Get It?