“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” – Seth Godin
Going to dive into some real talk. When I posted this quote on LinkedIn, it got me thinking and inspired to find my passion. But after that, it fizzled and I went back to my escapist routine of watching primetime shows and mulling about the day. Inspirational quotes are easy to post, but if you don’t apply it or take action, it’s easy for you to fall into old habits.
Cue this timely video from one of my favorite life coaching blogs, Marie Forleo and her interview with Seth Godin. It’s 30 minutes long, but well worth the time. Don’t try to multi-task when you watch this video or you’ll miss his key tidbits or as Marie likes to call it, “Nuggets o’ Wisdom’.
So what did I get out of it? I realized my bad habit is hoping. Hoping for someone to take notice, hoping for a better outcome, hoping for the perfect time, the list goes on and on. But the reality is:
“We wait for things to calm down, we wait for it to be the right moment, but this is the right moment.” – Seth Godin
I had a great conversation with a friend over coffee about sitting, waiting, wishing (Jack Johnson style) for the universe to bestow this amazing life on us; when in reality, it’s right in front of us! We’re merely not putting in the work and letting distractions or excuses use all of our energy.
“This isn’t about waiting for the right answer, because there is no right answer. There are challenges we can sign up for and emotions we can experience.” – Seth Godin
We constantly find excuses of why we can’t meet with a person, perform a task or work on a project. We say, ‘after the holidays’, ‘after this or that’, then 365 days pass us by and we sit there feeling empty. When you say you’re busy, you believe you’re busy and you get into a constant cycle of being busy. But when you take a step back, you’ll realize the absurdity of it.
“We have to acknowledge we have finite resources, finite time, finite connection. How will we use them to produce outcomes that we’re proud of.” – Seth Godin
You can’t dwell on the past or have moments of regret. Everyone deals with disappointments and setbacks, but it’s important not to use that as another excuse in your repertoire of excuses.
“We can be mindful, we can be present, we can breathe, and we can say, ‘That’s interesting.’” – Seth Godin
The important lesson here is if you want to do something, do it. Don’t let money, obstacles or excuses get in the way of how you want to live and eventually…we’ll all set up a life we don’t need to escape from.
So I leave you with this:
“Our goal isn’t to touch everyone, our goal is to touch someone. To change someone, just one person. If you get good at that, do 5, then do 100. But stop worrying about everyone. Everyone doesn’t matter.” – Seth Godin
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