Author, Rhodes scholar and Navy Seal Eric Greitens said in one of his lectures, " We already know what we need to do." The answers to most of our problems are fairly straight forward.
If you want to lost weight, eat less and exercise more. Want more money? Spend less, save more, and learn how to invest. So why is it so many of us seem to let life happen rather than direct our journey?
Why do we have to get knocked down so often before we wise up a bit? Why do we repeat the same patterns and expect a different outcome? I often meet good people in my profession who tell me how great life will be once they retire. My question is, "Why wait?"
At an early age it became evident that I had a talent for artwork. My teachers used to call my parents and tell them about my drawings. Soon I was publishing cartoons in my high school an college newspapers. I wanted to be an artist but my father (who lived through the Depression) counseled a more "conservative career route."
So, I set aside my sketchbooks, studied criminal justice and became a police officer. Don't get me wrong, I'm proud of my law enforcement career and the people I've managed to help. But all along the artistic muse whispered in my ear. I figured out that I didn't have to wait until retirement to pursue my passions.
I managed to become a staff editorial cartoonist for two newspapers while working full time in police work. I sought out one of the best landscape painters in the country and flew to Idaho several times to study with him (Scott L. Christensen.) I started having a lot of fun.
So here's the deal, we are all in different seasons of our lives. Some of you are raising little ones and others are empty nesters. Maybe shift work is making it really hard for you to get more exercise. Whatever the scenario, a lot of us love to play the "some day" game. Don't do it.
Take a good hard look at your schedule and figure out where you want to make changes. Get up earlier, learn to say no to people (nicely), shut off the television and close the liquor cabinet. You don't have to retire or finish raising the kids to chip away at your dreams, goals and passions. Remember, you already know what you need to do. Now, go do it!