We’ve been taught by well-meaning parents, peers and teachers that happiness comes at the end of your career. After all the sacrifices have been made, hours logged, and missed time with loved ones, you will be repaid with sunset bliss in retirement. It’s been pounded into your mind that the only way to succeed in life is to wait to enjoy it until you’re in your 60’s. But are you satisfied with that? I can tell you I’m not. All work and no play makes Will a dull boy.
So hear me now fine people, you don’t have to wait. If you have a deep passion for something, it will never feel like a job. You can be smart about it – I don’t want phone calls from everyone’s mom that I told you to quit your job without a plan. So let me be clear, part of a balanced life is having a roof over your head. But you CAN start cultivating your ideas and your passion and finding a way to get it started, even if you can’t quit what pays the bills yet. It can start as a side gig or a hobby. And if you are incorporating your strengths, your passions, and develop a solid plan supported by goals, you’ll get there, I promise. Remember, one step, two steps, three steps… But it all starts with that first one :).
The opposite of happy isn’t sad, its boredom. Retirement isn’t the goal, following your passion and living your best life now is. So dump that failure habit of procrastination and get started with your new success habit of movement! Figure out what to get moving on, take action, and never look back. This week I’m challenging you to ask yourself what you’re passionate about or what you’re really good at, then take action on it! There’s no better time than the present.