Whose Life is This Anyway?

We have this idea that we are just looking at our life as it bobs this way and that according to whatever outside waters are propelling us. We think we have to work this many hours because of our house payment, instead of looking at it from another direction like moving into a smaller house or finding a job with better pay.

We say I’d love to…write, travel, paint, ride horses, learn yoga, but I just don’t have the…time, money, energy… I think many of these “valid excuses� are just ways to hide from risking. In Simple Abundance, Sarah Ban Breathnach writes, “Many of us have unconsciously erected seemingly insurmountable barriers to protect ourselves from failing or succeeding. We may think we’re protecting ourselves by ignoring or denying our creative impulses, but really all we are doing is burying our authentic selves alive.�

Doing our own thing is risky. We don’t want to risk failure- or worse looking silly. But, look around. The happiest people are those doing their passion despite the difficulties or fears.

What kind of barriers or excuses do you use to keep you from the life you really want to live? From what fears are you trying to save yourself?

So many people have worked to make their dreams come true. They may have had to do drastic things like sell their house and live out of a trailer so they could travel the world. Some may have had to cut out some of their spending in order to quit their hated job and open their own business. Maybe you will have to take the risk of saying no to someone in order to take time for a drawing class. Read up on people that are doing what you long to do. Let them help you find solutions to your barriers.

What are your three main excuses for not living the life you want?

Brainstorm ways to work around these barriers. Research online. Talk to people who have done what you want to do.

Look behind the barriers and journal what fears may be behind the excuses.

Take one risk each day this week to forward your dream.