Thanksgiving arrives tomorrow—just a few short hours away. I’ve given considerable thought this year to the things for which I’m grateful. My list is very long.
But if I could go back and do things a little differently, the theme would be “Don’t wait!” The time for action, courage and self-belief is always now.
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So if you’ll indulge me, here are some lessons from my life’s story that may spark something in you and give you the courage to act.
Say you’re sorry
Like most families, we say or do things that hurt one another from time-to-time. Sometimes the indiscretions are small; sometimes they cut like a knife. Defenses go up and heels dig in.
The pain can be lasting. But until someone cracks open the conversation and offers an apology for their part no matter how small, the healing cannot begin.
What are you hanging on to that is left unresolved? Can you muster the courage to take the first step in healing the wounds? Don’t wait!
Turn your dreams into a reality
If you’re like me, you find yourself dreaming about a lot of things. Where you might want to live or retire, a business you’d like to start, a vacation, boat, romance….
In my early years most of my dreams got snuffed. Mostly because when I spoke about a dream others would quickly dash cold water all over it by bringing up the risks, barriers and headaches.
I finally stopped being derailed by what others thought. I listened, but resolved to succeed. That’s when I found that a dream only becomes reality if you take action. Even a tiny one. Then another. And another.
The dream may evolve as you bring it to life, but if you never start you’ll never know how it all turns out.
What are you dreaming about that could become reality if you actually started to work on it? What is your first step? Don’t wait!
Be a great partner
I’ve been given a beautiful gift; a man that is strong, kind, loving and talented. In my past relationships I tended to look at how much I was giving and not getting. My focus was on me. Those relationships didn’t end well.
Perhaps it’s that when you are with someone who is a good fit, things just work out. But I believe the truth lies in where you place your focus. Me, me, me doesn’t work. You, you, you doesn’t work either. But when both people think about “us” things come together.
If your relationship isn’t what you want it to be, what can you do to shift your focus? Take the first step to be a great partner. Don’t wait!
I’d love to know if anything here struck a chord with you. If you keep waiting for someone else to say they’re sorry, to start working on your dream or to be in a good relationship, you’ll be waiting for a long time…maybe forever.
What are you going to do now so that next year when Thanksgiving rolls around, you’ll be thanking yourself for taking action? There’s power in saying it out loud. So muster up the the courage to leave a comment and then don’t wait…get started!
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