You Only Live Once

Photo by Joshua Earle
Photo by Joshua Earle

Another year has come to a close.  A new day beginning.  A new year beginning.  You can look at it as a new slate.  A new outlook on life.  There are so many perspectives that can be taken not only in the positive but also in the negative.  You may say "another year gone".  "Another year wasted."

No matter what your perspective on the coming of a new year, there is one thing that is always constant. You only get the chance at 2017 once.  You can make it whatever you want. If you want to give it away by just going through the motions, that's your prerogative. If you want to turn it into your best year yet, well that's possible as well.

You only live once.  You have the opportunity to accomplish anything you want, right here and right now.

I am one to consistently spend my time preparing.  I have prepared and set things up over and over. I've refused to do things half-assed.  I study, learn, prepare, etc. over and over.  When it comes to me reaching my goals, I've still fallen way short.  Why, if I continually jump in absorbing everything I can, making every effort to know whats needed to reach the goal?

I spent days/weeks/months dwelling on this recently. I've kicked around all kinds of things.  Blaming things not fitting into my plans, things not being "ready", others impeding my path, and so many more excuses. At the end of the day it's all on me.  It's all on my distorted perception that it all needs to be perfect to make it right.  I've dealt with fear of success and perfectionism for quite a while.  I have overcome my impostor syndrome issues as well.  Yet as I sit here still struggling to gain that footing.

Over the last month or so I've managed to do something I haven't been able to do in the past.  I've changed my perspective.  I've taken on the perspective that I need to put myself up front.  I spend alot of time offering myself up to all, but in doing so I lost myself.  I lost my understanding of what I want and my direction in how I am going to get there.  I still work to help others, but I'm making sure it does not interrupt what I'm trying to do for myself.

You don't need a new year to redirect towards those goals you always wanted to fulfill.  You only need action now.

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