What will you do with your one wild and precious life? ~ Mary Oliver
We have one life, how would you like to live yours? If you truly want something you must show up and take action. Step by step. This is key to crafting the life you want.
Keep showing up. Keep going. Do all or something. Take imperfect action. Ask for support. Learn to sit with discomfort. Take two steps forward, one step back. Do it scared and aware there is much you don’t know. Pick yourself up should you fall. Stay out of comparison. But keep showing up.
There are no magic pills, no collect $200 and advance to go, no bypassing the fact that if we say we want something – a good relationship, a thriving business, a healthy body, a decluttered home – we must show up and do the work.
This is the key to crafting the life you want. Getting clear on who and how we want to be, how we choose to spend our time, talents, and resources, requires some work.
Building anything of value requires deliberate action and likely some stress. Moving against status quo or staying focused on your top values and priorities, involves effort.
Talking about your vision is not the same as doing the work. Dreaming and filling in goal work worksheets or listening to podcasts – delightful and often useful but not the same as actually getting your hands messy.
There is no need for perfection and you don’t have to race. You don’t need to impress anyone else or make them approve. This is about you and what you want. One step at a time, build intentionally.
I’ve learned to just show up. I’ve taught myself to offer myself lots of compassion(still a process), take days off as needed, but not to stay stuck. I’ve learned that I’m not a failure if I struggle and I don’t have to look like or do life like anyone else. I don’t need to be perfect. My path is uniquely mine.
I know that I am strong and resilient. I learned this by taking one one step after another. Sometimes falling on my face.
We all meet with resistance. We have a tendency to self-sabotage. You may struggle with people-pleasing or trying to look good for others or trying to do all the things. Whatever your personality, you are offered the choice to show up, get honest about what you want out of life, and do the work to craft the life you want.
You can go slow, make a giant leap, you can fall off course, you can be messy and imperfect.
You can make mistakes, change your mind, and walk through difficult seasons. Keep showing up. One small step and then another.
Spend more time creating instead of watching what others are up to. Be you. Stop comparing your beginning to someone else’s middle.
Ditch the all or nothing lie that holds you back and keeps you stuck. It doesn’t mean it’s easy. It means it’s worthwhile. It may get easier in time.
Practice. Work at your craft or pick away at your dreams.
When you grow tired, learn to rest and not quit. Break down your goal into bite-size steps. When it feels really hard, just breathe. I don’t have a perfect life or body or business and I don’t need perfect. What I need and want is to live on purpose. My life is a work of art created intentionally. Sometimes it feels messy.
I’m cheering you onward as you craft the life you want. Reach out if you need support on crafting your life.
Life and Leadership Coach, Licensed Counselor, outdoor enthusiast, yoga lover and passionate about wellness.