I slowly roll out of bed and hit the snooze button to get five more minutes of sleep. I don’t want to get up anyways…
After three more rounds of snooze-war with the alarm clock, I begrudgingly stumble out of bed and drag myself into the shower. I stand under the shower for way too long, but I can’t seem to bring myself out of the safety of the soft streams of warm water that are my last line of comfort before I head off to a job that I hate.
Arriving at the sterile office at 6AM, I start drinking my first of four cups of coffee that I will drink that morning. Bill, my boss begins to tell me all that was wrong with the report that I left on his desk last night at around 9PM. I worked really hard on that report, but I resented every second of effort on it since I knew that it would never be good enough for Bill, who by-the-way is the pretentious yet under-qualified son-in-law of the company’s CEO.
As he criticizes the use of Neue Helvetica font in my Powerpoint presentation, my mind drifts off to all the cool things that I could be doing right now if I just had the guts to do what I really wanted.
“I should be traveling around the country right now sharing with people all of the incredible research I discovered on personal achievement. I could have been living my dream and taking plenty of vacation with friends thanks to the schedule that I would have controlled,” I think to myself.
“Instead, I’m here at this job that I despise just because I didn’t have the courage to take that first step and break through the mental barriers holding me back from living my dream, speaking to thousands…”
I’m immediately brought back to reality as my boss snaps, “Are you listening to me? I told you to use the Lucida Sans font! You’re going to have to change all of these slides…”
I wrote this a few years ago. This is what I wrote when I challenged myself to write down what life will be like if I don’t make a change. That was my scary scenario that motivated me to ultimately choose the career path I’ve taken, and it scared me so much that I never looked back.
Now it’s your turn.
Take a minute to think in your head what your life may look like in five, ten, thirty years if you don’t make a change in your life right now to finally go after what you’ve always wanted. Write out a few notes or write it out in a detailed story like I did. Just be sure to make it realistic.
Don’t let yourself accept that negative future scenario that awaits you if you don’t make a change now. Take that step. And the next one. And the next. And never look back.