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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Rise Above Your Circumstances

"Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future." - Audrey Hepburn

More often than not it's the excuse rather than the circumstance that holds us back.  We love to talk about all the reasons why we can't do something. I don't have enough money, time, energy, education, vision, talent, etc. We tell ourselves these things over and over again and the truth is that our stories about why we can't have something become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

It's true, if you don't MAKE TIME, you won't have enough.  If you think that it takes a TON of money to start taking action towards your dream, then you won't start.  If you think you need the seal of approval from a fancy school before you can start, then you won't.

Unless you want to be a doctor, astronaut or dentist, chances are you don't need the perfect education to start.  How many billionaires are college dropouts? Many of them didn't even go to high school.  Success in life doesn't come from collecting outer seals of approval from other people and institutions. It comes from our own inner seal of approval and recognizing we already have the approval of The Uni-verse.

You don't need that much money to get started. I have been writing TDL for years and with almost zero investment. I didn't have to raise hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars. I didn't need to mortgage anything. I didn't need the perfect marketing plan or social media strategy. I just started and I write every day.

My first email in 2007 was sent to 20 people. Now emails go out to over 60,000 people daily. My first tweet was sent to nobody, now the tweets reach almost 500,000 people daily.

I feel deeply that the Uni-verse doesn't reward us with things by giving us the money and perfect amount of time first. Rather, we are rewarded for the things we would do for free and make time for anyways.  That is what we are really passionate about. When it doesn't matter if we get paid or not, we know we are following our bliss.

So realize that it is truly the excuses that are holding you back. You can take a small step today - and one more tomorrow and one more the next day. When we rid ourselves of the excuses, we are then faced with the only option: taking action. And taking action brings up our fears, so we must consciously plan on acting in the face of our fears and letting our excuses go.

Your circumstances are not holding you back, your excuses are. Let's drop our excuses, face our fears and take one step today.  What one step can you take today? Let me know:


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