The Challenge: Discover the Best Way to Get the Most Out of Life
Each of us is challenged to discover the best way to get the most out of life. As Twain says, playing it safe only leads to a disappointing life.
To achieve a satisfying and happy life you must risk being hurt, wrong, scared, disappointed, rejected, ridiculed, and silly. You must throw off the things keeping you tied to your safe harbor and venture into the vast ocean of possibilities.
What Matters to You?
Putting yourself out there and going after what you want is a risk. The courage to risk comes from discovering what matters to you. Start by defining what you want out of life at this juncture so you can better guide your choices and daily actions. What you care about matters--it is the wind in your sails propelling you forward into a satisfying life adventure.
Discover what matters to you so you can:
- Concentrate your limited time and energy on those things that count.
- Plan your life so you feel more control over the things that matter to you.
- Create a sense of urgency for the things that are most important to you.
Helen Keller said, "Life is a daring adventure or it is nothing." The secret to a happy life is to have the courage to continuously explore what matters to you and cast off the things keeping you tied to your safe harbor. Stop letting fear keep you tethered.
Navigating a Course of Action
- What would you do this week if you knew you couldn't fail? Take a step.
- What do you wish someone would ask you to do? Go do it.
- If you had all the money in the world, what would you spend your life doing? Start doing it.
Sail Away from the Safe Harbor
What is one step you can take today to catch the trade winds in your sails?
'A ship is safe in a harbor, but that's not what ships are for.'
William Shedd 1820-1894
My sincere thanks to Antonio Tonelli from Venezuela for sharing William Shedd's 'safe harbor' quote.