Allowing yourself to be responsible for making a quantum leap in the decade to come
As I write this, it is the final morning of this decade in which I can sit and write while watching the snow fly outside and enjoying the dead silence of the early morning.
As we transition into a new decade of life, a question that I have been asking myself a lot is “if I knew there were no chance of failure, what would I want the following decade to look like?”
I love the words of Anthony Robbins which read: “Most people overestimate what they can do in a year, and underestimate what they can do in 2 or 3 decades.”
The plague of short-term thinking withholds us from seeing a larger, broader, more expanded vision for what we want for our lives.
Constantly scrambling to make this month’s rent will keep someone stuck in a scarcity loop of merely trying to survive, a far cry from doing work as your most creative self.
If you want the next ten years to look better than the previous ten years, ask yourself “what do I need to obtain, and what must I let go of?”
Reverting back to Michael Beckwith’s “Life Visioning Process” (which I would recommend trying at least once before planning out your next ten years), knowing not just what you must become, but what you must be willing to release, is a vital step in creating the life you really want.
If you said “I want to 10x my income in the next year”, your brain will probably come up with some funny answers that will probably sound something like this:
- “10x your income? You can’t even 2x your income! You don’t have the resources for that. Let’s be realistic, let’s keep things safe and familiar, the decade after this is the one we will really crush it!”
- “Don’t even go there, imagine what your friends would think of you? You’d be left in the dust, plagued as a ‘dreamer'”
- “Look at where you are right now, how on earth do you think you could increase your income ten fold? You can barely make rent! Let’s get back to our regular duties and way of doing things”
Understand that the primal part of your brain has one job and one job only: To keep you from dying.
This is why when you tell yourself you’d like to accomplish something, but refuse to take immediate, inspired, aligned action, you will often talk yourself out of it and return to your regular habitual actions.
The more we can keep things safe and familiar, the more the primal part of our brain thinks it’s doing the most amazing job in the world.
The only problem with this is that greatness does not take place from the safe and familiar
When you are faced with these self-imposed limitations, ask yourself one question: “Is the journey I am considering embarking on going to hurt me physically, and greatly increase my chances of death?”
If the answer is yes, then consider it again. If the answer is no, then push past the fear and know that it is just trying to help you stay alive. Every time you take bold, inspired action despite the fear, you stretch your comfort zone bit by bit.
The more your stretch your comfort zone bit by bit, the more confident you feel in accomplishing things that used to be hard.
The more confident you feel in accomplishing things that used to be hard, the more you learn to appreciate your own abilities, and ultimately appreciate yourself.
The more you appreciate your own abilities, and ultimately appreciate yourself, the happier you become.
The happier you become, the better your life is!
This is why it is vital to leave some of these self-imposed limitations in the current decade, promising yourself not to carry them through to 2020 and beyond.
We are always up against our most negative self. Training yourself to push past limitations that you created by buying into a belief of lack, that there is only so much to go around, is going to create rapid change in your life.
As you create rapid change in your life, others around you feel inspired to do the same.
Right now, no matter what (if you’re driving please don’t partake in this, also stop reading right now), grab a pen and a piece of paper.
Write out 5 things you want to accomplish in the next 10 years, but make sure all of them scare you at least a bit.
Never set goals within your own comfort zone, setting goals only from what you can see as “realistic” is a perfect recipe for change that takes place at the speed of molasses.
Push yourself, create new boundaries, do what it is that makes you happy on the inside, give more than you’ve ever given, and leave your limitations in 2019.
Lastly, enjoy the most recent instalment of the Alignment Club Podcast below: