It is a leap year this year, and I want to wish everyone a Happy Leap Year!
Today is a special day, a day that only comes once every four year…Yes today is 29th Feb! I want to start this post with this quote that has the word ‘leap‘ in it:
“I advise you to say your dream is possible and then overcome all inconveniences,
ignore all the hassles, and take a running leap through the hoop even if it is in flames”
— Les Brown
Robert Kiyosaki, author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” use the analogy of rat race to describe the typical person’s life on a treadmill. Mr Kiyosaki said most people get a job and get paid, and then they buy things on credit. They then have to work just to pay the interest on their purchases. As they get a raise, or when they climb the corporate ladder and get paid more and more, they buy more things on credit. Now they have to work even harder, and make more money to keep the cycles going. The treadmill begins to speed up. As they make more, and spend more, the treadmill keeps going faster, and they can’t get off.
What Are You Afraid Of?
It is amazing what people are afraid of, and what they are not afraid of. Everyday, millions of people get up from bed and go to work at a job they don’t really like, or, at least, at a job where they are under-valued. Yet, they are not afraid that this is how they are going to spend the rest of their lives. Yes, they are not afraid…they accept that this is the way things are going to be.
Yet, these same people are so afraid to change their lives for the better by coming out of the maze that has kept them in debt and the same viscious cycles. They are afraid to step out of their comfort zone…Why are they afraid? It is because of the four letter word…FEAR; not so much of a fear of failure, but fear of the unknown and start making excuses why they should not start something.
Why aren’t the really big fears like “I will waste my entire lifetime making up the excuses”?
In fact most of the people who express their fear through excuses really believe that the excuses are valid. These sets of excuses is used to cover up the fact that you are afraid. We are all afraid, and I will be the first to admit. In order to overcome the fear (of failures, etc), we must ceate another (second) fear (eg the fear of not able to have a more fulfilling life) that is so strong that we become more afraid of, and forget about the first. We are willing to work through them because the other fear is just too strong. What should we fear more than our fears? How about “Not ever reaching my dreams or goals? If you develop a strong enough dream, and if you make it so real that you cannot imagine not having it, then the fear of losing that dream will be enough to overcome your fears about the other stuff.
Everyone is afraid, and I can’t just tell you not to be. If you are serious about achieving your dreams, and if your dreams are strong enough and worthwhile enough, you can achieve almost anything — despite your fears. You can even inspire others to do the same. How about commiting to this:
“I will not let the sun set on a day when I do not take at least one steps towards achieving my dreams”
Do you have something that you really want to do but….. (fill in excuses here ;-)). Remember:
“Slow is faster than never”
Yes, it is best to move quickly and decisively, and to reach your goals immediately, but it really doesn’t matter how long it takes as long as you reach them. So it matters more that you take action, and make progress everyday.
When the gun goes off, some of us will run fast; others, not so fast. Many of us will stumble along the way. Some will stay down, and some will get up. The question is:
“Did you start it?”
Enjoy the race, and enjoy it by starting!
I wish that you attain great success or achieve your milestones comes 29th Feb 2016.
Let’s take action, and let’s start!
YOU CAN DO IT!
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- The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot
- Someday (is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you)
- and be motivated to act on it
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Some contents of this post is adapted from the book Happy Leap Year: Leap, Leverage, Dream & Dare 24/7/366 by Dr. Bill Quain