“If you're trying to be miserable, it's important you don't have any goals. No school goals, personal goals, family goals. Your only objective each day should be to inhale and exhale for sixteen hours before you go to bed again. Don't read anything informative, don't listen to anything useful, don't do anything productive. If you start achieving goals, you might start to feel a sense of excitement, then you might want to set another goal, and then your miserable mornings are through. To maintain your misery, the idea of crossing off your goals should never cross your mind.”
― John Bytheway, How to Be Totally Miserable
Today I want to discuss a subject that I think about a lot when I am working as a consultant. I come across time after time a mindset where people are entrenched in a survival mode. There entire existence seems to be on the back foot trying to scrape about, fighting their corner just keeping their head above water. These people are bogged down struggling to just get by, and alas it seems to be more and more common.
I want to stand on a platform and shout ‘Life doesn’t have to be like this!’ ‘You don’t have to live in survival mode when you can achieve so much more when you set your sights higher, live to thrive!’
There is so much more to life than living to struggle and survive. To get home every night exhausted by your exertions, stressed by the pressures of your difficulties.
I lived like this once. I worked every hour I could, but my mindset was all wrong. I was merely trying to survive paying my bills and not much more. I was fortunate that I learnt something that would change my life, and I now am giving you the very same piece of information that enabled me to switch from survival mode to living with what I now call prosperity mode.
We have the freedom of choice to decide how we live our life. We can either choose to merely survive or we can make the choice to thrive and flourish.
I made the choice to no longer just exist, float aimlessly through life working hard just to survive just getting by emotionally, physically and financially. Instead I decided I wanted meaning to my life and I wanted to thrive in all ways. From that moment forward I was empowered, and so can you be.
Can you imagine if your life were truly thriving? Imagine how your life would be if you were living in a prosperity mode.
Visualize yourself waking up in the morning excited about your day, the life you are living, the work you are performing. Think about what it would be like if every day you were thriving in every area of your life. Your finances, work, family, health, creativity, and spirituality. Imagine all the possibilities that could open up for you, if you are consciously, deliberately creating the life you desire.
Can you see it? If you can isn’t that the way you want to live? Well you can make it happen!
I know that you want more from life than to just exist or get through the day. You want to be happy, joyous and live a life where you fulfil your full potential. No more living in survival mode dealing with the constant demands and pressures brought on by the frantic pace of life where you have little or no control over what happens to you.
Take the opportunity and give yourself time to get a life. No more allowing yourself to be overwhelmed with the day-to-day struggles of trying to make ends meet. Instead get focused on the exciting opportunities, possibilities and experiences life has to offer. Don’t settle for just surviving from day to day. Start looking forward to what the future has in store for you.
No longer settle for mediocrity or merely surviving. I encourage you to believe in yourself and your destiny, trust, persevere, keep your head up, hope, dream and never give up because the committed person is both unstoppable and unlimited in what he may achieve.
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