Learning something new.
Choosing a different path to follow.
These are all terrifying concepts. There is comfort in making excuses for being stuck in one place; less risk is involved. It is much easier to remain mired in a variety of ways, whether emotionally, professionally, intellectually or physically.
The first step is to break through “can’t.” By removing “can’t” from a sentence and inserting “don’t want to,” “not willing to,” it starts to feel uncomfortable. The statement now becomes an excuse. For example: “I can’t write a book” becomes “I don’t want to write a book.” “I can’t train for a 5K” instead can be stated “I am not willing to train for a 5K.”
The second step is to create actionable goals and a deadline. Now that it is understood with passion and a belief in one’s self, anything is possible, figure out how to accomplish it. Create the small steps to accomplish the goal and set a deadline of when it will be completed.
The third step is to do. Believing that it is possible and having a plan mapped out leads to making it happen.
These steps might seem over-simplified or unrealistic, but I know it is not. Anyone can learn something new, create something beautiful, lose weight, become a better person, write a great novel, or find true love. I don’t just believe this; I know it to be true.
Here are a few real-life examples of inspiring women who knew this too:
- Julia Child learned to cook at the age of 32.
- J.K. Rowling, a penniless, single mom, completed the first Harry Potter series manuscript on an old typewriter at the age of 30.
- The artist Grandma Moses started painting at the age of 70.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of the Little House on the Prairie series, began writing at the age of 65.
It is never too late.
Limitations are self-imposed.
Post inspired by Choose Happiness.