Have you ever caught yourself wishing for times gone by, thinking that somehow life has passed you?
Maybe you’ve thought, if you had just been smarter 5 years, 10 years, or 20 years ago, or happened to be born, 100 years ago, 200 years ago that you would have experienced a better life?
Don’t fall into that trap.
By the time you get to the end of this short article, may you be suitably convinced that the past is just that, an opportunity for someone else at another time. Even if that other person was you making the best decision you could have made with what you had at the time.
As society changes and the tensions manifest between cultural opposites, a sampling of history and its commentators indicate these tensions have always existed. I don’t suggest you throw away your principles, but don’t let the state of tension steal your life and opportunity to follow your passion and your dreams.
The fact is, social tensions have always existed and yet the past is decorated with entrepreneurial, human and scientific success stories, of people living in the center of what Jim Rohn describes as opportunity mixed with difficulty.
Human nature is oddly consistent throughout history. The people we admire who were successes in their time, whether it was 2 years ago, 200 years ago, or 2000 years ago faced similar challenges of being surrounded by nay-sayers and people looking to the past or future for their salvation, trading their liberty for a false sense of security, forsaking what was available to them to to get ahead in life.
I’ve been guilty of spending too much time wishing things were different as I had drifted into period when I was too focused on regretting past decisions, and being plagued by a sense of insignificance in relation to the changing tides and winds of change.
A few rules Jim Rohn spoke about really hit me when I first started listening to him.
“You say, “The country is messed up.” That’s like cursing the soil and the seed and the sunshine and the rain, which is all you’ve got. Don’t curse what you’ve got…”
“The wind that blows blows on us all… you’ve got to learn to set a good sail… “
“if you want things to get better, you’ve got to get better.”
Another crucial aspect of achieving a state of action is to upgrade the company you keep. Even if you are normally isolated from others, you must proactively improve your mind or suffer the inevitable trap of self-contempt.
If you cannot be with the type of person or people you aspire to become more like, then fill your mind with the ideas of leaders by reading, watching and listening to their material.
By your role models’ examples, you can more easily will yourself to action as the chains of your weak paradigm dissolve.
Don’t let the state of tension steal your life and opportunity to follow your passion and your dreams.
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