Through the years, I’ve met tens of thousands of people. Each one of them is a unique story.
Some of the stories are grand, wild tales of how they got to where they are. Some are simpler in nature.
No matter where I go, people are looking to change their story. Not everyone, mind you. But there is a dissatisfaction in many lives with the way things are.
Many friends have told me how they would like to write books like I do. Others have said they wish they could change careers and become something else.
There is only one way these kinds of changes can happen. That comes through doing.
Take Positive Action
The truth is that most people have a huge dream in their minds that if they can just arrive at the point where they wish to be, things will magically be better. The problem is that they don’t necessarily want to have to do the things to get there.
One friend was telling me that he wanted to be a writer. Of course, at the end of that sentence he added the word someday.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there are seven days in the week and someday isn’t one of them.
I told the friend that the only way to become a writer is to start taking positive actions toward that end, and actually start writing.
It couldn’t be simpler.
By the mere act of sitting down and writing every single day for a period of time like a week or more, you have become a writer through that positive action.
I call it positive action because it is action that propels you forward. It doesn’t leave you wondering what you need to do or allow you to worry about technicalities.
There are, seemingly, a billion blogs out there that talk about taking action. When I first started blogging four years ago, I heard that term all the time. “Just take action.”
To be honest, I never really knew what those people meant by that. The phrase “take action” seems a little nebulous to me. Maybe I’m not the brightest bulb in the batch, but I needed a little more specificity than that.
The answer came to me at the end of the 2013 soccer season. I coach a high school men’s team and the main theme of that season was instilling belief in the hearts of those young men.
Most of them come from poverty, in a town that would rather sweep them under the rug than celebrate anything they accomplish. That’s the way small towns can be.
But these guys deserved better. Through the course of the season, I pounded them with the idea that no matter what happens in the game or in life, the only thing that matters is that you take the best positive action possible in every single moment. If you mess up in one moment, the good news is that you have another one right after that where you get to take decisive action again.
That is how winners are made in sports and in life.
People who take consistent, positive action, will be propelled forward to reaching the goals they so deeply desire.
You Are What You Do
I am a writer. Not because I have books or some blogs, but because I wake up every day an hour early so I can write. Writing every day makes me a writer.
I am what I do.
The most frequent question I get is in regards to finding time to write books and blogs when I have a full-time job.
The answer is always the same. I take positive action that will propel me forward as a writer.
I’m also a runner, and a cyclist, and a speaker.
If you’re a doubter, I know what you’re thinking.
You’re thinking, “Sure, you can do all those things, but until you make a living at it, you aren’t really a writer.”
That statement contains a huge amount of irony. And I get it. I’ve thought the same thing before.
The truth is that if you decide to take positive action every day toward your goal, you instantly become that which you wish to be, and the more times you take that action, the closer you get to achieving sustainable success.
In other words, by getting up and writing every day, I am not just a writer now, but I am getting closer and closer to becoming a writer full-time.
With each book I write, each blog post I create, I am becoming more a writer than I was before, and I am building that career as I go.
No one just wakes up one day and is magically making a living from books they’ve never written.
You are what you do.
What do you do?
Do you hit the snooze button every morning instead of getting up and exercising, reading, writing, or taking a positive action you know will get you where you want to be? Do you make excuses, or do you take positive action?
Is there something you want to be that has been itching at you, deep down inside? Are you desperately trying to figure out what it is you want to do?
Write it in the comments below. There are a ton of supportive people here. It’s time to do what you want to be.