I recently came across a quote that I haven’t been able to get out of my mind. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” When dietician, Michele LaRock, gave her Spring Nutrition Series earlier this year, she offered the advice of setting a goal and making decisions that would only support that goal, rather than sabotage it. Since that talk, I ask myself several times a day, “Will this activity/mindset/food/behavior get me closer to my end goal?” If the answer ihttp://5050fitnessnutrition.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1365&action=edits no, then I choose a path that leads me in the right direction. I have set my own goals about where I want to go, who I want to go there with, and how I want to get there. They are simple and uncomplicated and perfect for the life I wish to lead. Now it’s just a matter of making decisions that support those goals.
For many years, I sort of let life happen to me rather than be an active participant. It didn’t help matters that I didn’t really know what kind of life I wanted, but once I figured out what would help me make a great life for myself, I decided to try for it. I tried, I tried, and I tried, and by golly, it’s worked. I have always had a drive to achieve greatness (and was open to whatever that looked like for me), but I’ve finally learned how to focus my efforts into the greatness I’ve sought, with the help of many, many others, no doubt. I dreamed big, and now I am surrounded every day by the most amazing people, who work their asses off for the health of their body and mind. Every day, I strive to do great things, and many times those things come to fruition and I get to see them manifest. Don’t get me wrong, I am and always will be a risk taker. I’m now, however, less interested in experimenting with life and more interested in grabbing it by the handles and taking it out for a spin.
My challenge to you this week is to think about a way you can actively create and develop one aspect of your life, big or small. Being ardently responsible for how our own lives turn out can admittedly be a scary thing, but the reward in it always outweighs the risk. Watching life pass you by does not make the end result of whatever comes your way fulfilling. However, working hard for that end result does. So are you going to let life pass you by, or are you going to be an active participant in its journey? It starts with a simple choice.