2020: Dragging You Down or Challenging You To Leap?
“Then as it was, then again it will be,
And though the course may change sometimes,
Rivers always reach the sea..”.
Led Zeppelin – Ten Years Gone
Recently, I took a leap and followed a dream I had for more than ten years. I sold my way-too-big for one-person house in Phoenix (5th largest city in the U.S.) and moved “up north” as we say in Arizona, to a much smaller home and much smaller town of Prescott (pop. Approx. 41,000).
It was a leap, it was a risk, and it has been an adventure! I define an adventure as taking a leap and not knowing what the outcome will be. And yes, I have no idea of the outcome of this transition.
I ask myself, “Can I really downsize to a smaller community and a smaller home after living in major metropolitan cities all my life?” Well the jury is still out on that one, I guess that’s what makes this an adventure!
Yesterday, I was reading an old blog post from November of 2011 (Authenticity: Stay True To Yourself By Following The Money!)
The blog talked about the fact that where you spend your time and money reveals what you value. When we live our values we are much happier and more in alignment with our authentic selves. When we are out’ve alignment with our values we can end up unhappy, numb, and lost.
As a result of rereading and sharing that older post, I decided to do exactly what I did 11 years ago. I reviewed my recent credit card statements. It read like a who’s who of home improvements; Home Depot, Joe’s Furniture Shack, Northern Lights Fireplace LLC, Sunflower Handyman Services, Assurance Electrical Services, Overstock.com, Amazon, Penske Truck Rental, U-Haul, etc.
It was then that I came to the realization that I was truly living my dream. I was transforming this older 1970’s house into my new home. Surrounded by the sound of pine trees being pushed by the wind and mule deer walking down the street in front of my house. This feels like home…the perfect place to finish the next book!
Yes, the distance will make business travel a bit more tedious and time consuming. But following your dreams and taking risk doesn’t come without a cost. You just have to ask yourself if you are willing to sacrifice your dream for a little inconvenience. I am!
To say 2020 wasn’t a trying year would be an outright mistruth. It has been challenging. You can choose to be dragged down and off course or you can use the adversity to springboard you closer to your dreams and your true self. The best thing about it is that you have the power to choose the life you want to live. Here’s a few questions to ask yourself to get started.
3 Questions To Ask Yourself About 2020:
- Are you living a life that is in alignment with what you truly value?
- Are you leveraging 2020 as a springboard to catapult you towards living your extraordinary life or are you using it as an excuse to stay stuck and/or unhappy?
- So whatta ya gonna do about this?
Living an extraordinary life mean you step out beyond what is known, what is common, what is comfortable and leap?
So what are you waiting for?