One simple decision that will give you control of your own life.

Go to work, come home, pay bills, go to bed.  Go to work, pay bills, come home, go to bed.  Pay bills, come home, go to bed, go to work…  When did life become so routine?  It is easy to go through the motions of it all only to realize one day that you wish that you could go back and do it all over again.

Perhaps you would have taken more risks.  Maybe you regret not going to college.  OR you wish that you would have started a business of your own.

The funny thing about looking back and regretting is that time keeps moving forward.  In ten more years you will be looking at today and be  beating yourself up with regrets all over again.  Unless you make a change.

My fiancé likes to always remind me of the definition of insanity, which is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.  For the record, I am the perfect partner in our relationship so I am not sure why she feels the need to tell me things like this.  (Unless she reads this.  In that case… I am just joking sweetheart and I am sorry!)

You can’t keep going through the motions of your life expecting to have different results for your future.  It all starts with a decision.  A decision that you want more.  More of what ever you want out of life.  To declare that you want more will lead you down the path of living life on your terms… If you let it.

I grew up on a farm out in the country.  We did not have a lot of money, and we never traveled.  That is the world that I come from, and for most of my life I let it define who I was. 

Once I started making decisions based on what I want instead of what I am used to, things got a little confusing for a bit.  It’s like I was deciding between the only life that I have ever known VS everything else in the world.  Comfort vs possible failure.

Finally I realized that comfort and familiarity wasn’t the life for me.  I had to give myself permission to want something different than where I come from.  I had to fight back feelings of guilt for abandoning a way of life.  The only way of life that I knew.

I made a decision that I don’t like routine.  I want to work for myself and I want to travel.  There is nothing wrong with living on the farm.  My family still lives there.  However, for myself… I want to see the world and I can’t do that from our family farm in Ohio.

It all started with a decision.  A decision to design my lifestyle around the life that I want to live.  I have had many failures along the way.  The life that I chose to live can be compared to a roller coaster at times.  It’s all about getting through those lows so that we can celebrate when we’re on top.

No matter what your circumstances are, change will only come if you are willing to make the change happen.  Be the catalyst.

Give yourself permission to live the life of your dreams, because your future starts today.  Will you be looking back at this moment with regret or be thankful that you made the decision to change your life for the better?

I want to hear from you, so leave a comment!  What is one thing that you want to change in your life right now?

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