Life is all about making things. As soon as you could wrap your hands around a crayon as a child, you were making your own masterpieces. Continuing through childhood you made forts with blankets and chairs, skyscrapers with Popsicle sticks, and imagined magical lands and times as princesses and knights. That’s what kids do. They make stuff!
Stop Making Things
Somewhere between childhood and adulthood we stop making things. Color between the lines. Get good grades. Sit in your chair. Stop goofing around. We begin to hear these rules and restrictions and are discouraged from imagining, exploring, and creating.
Kids scribble, make Popsicle stick projects, and imagine far off lands that aren’t reality. That is good and natural and it should be considered practice for what we will do when we become adults. Instead, rather than maturing the practice of creation from unrealistic or unhelpful things as children, we altogether just stop making things. We follow the crowd and believe in what other people believe and lose the ability to make things on our own.
As adults, we still have the opportunity to imagine OUR HEALTH, OUR RELATIONSHIPS, OUR CAREER, and OUR LIVES as empty slates that can be created exactly the way we would like them to be. All that is needed is imagination and belief in ourselves…And, application of time and effort to the cause. What do you want YOUR health to be like and what steps do you need to take to get there? What do you want your relationships to look like and what do you need to change to make it happen? What do you want your career to be and what actions do you need to take to start making it happen? All of these things can be changed and decided and MADE BY YOU!!! Holy shit, that is why we are so damn blessed to be living in AMERICA – the land of the free!
How to Do It
Have you ever watched a kid try to watch a Disney movie and do art at the same time? It doesn’t work. They are completely distracted watching Bambi on the screen and they get absolutely nowhere with their art project. Similarly, adults cannot be plugged into other people’s lives and business (Facebook, IG, TV shows) if they want to make their own life. You need to unplug and focus on what you are doing. It’s that simple. Carry a daily planner and/or journal, set goals, take rest days and reflect, ask yourself questions, and plan and prepare for the future.
It Won’t Happen Overnight
Just like working out, results won’t happen overnight. If have not been writing in a journal, setting goals, and in the practice of planning, it will take some time to learn what works best for you. Maybe you like electronic journals over the paper and pen version. Maybe you like having BIG and challenging goals because that motivates you. Or, maybe you like smaller incremental steps and celebrating every small milestone. We are all different and have different preferences on how we do things…Again, just like children…Some prefer crayons and paper and to work on art indoors, while some prefer sticks and the outdoors to carry out their fantasies. Practice makes perfect and it will take 10,000 hours to become a master…Or, maybe 5,000 will make you at least a semi-master. Either way, do more than what you are doing now and you will see results!
Is 2018 going to be ‘just another year?’ Or, will it be THE year that you turn things around? Will this be the year that you stop listening to (and watching on social media) everyone else’s lives and opinions and start deciding what you want your health, relationships, and career to look like? It all starts with just one step and there’s no time better than right now to start. Don’t wait until January…Literally, grab a pen right now and start making a list…What will your health look like? What will your relationships look like? What will your career look like? What will your life legacy be? What things can you do today, this week, this month, and this next year to make it start happening?