Are you satisfied with your life?
Namely, are you satisfied with your career, relationships, and general well-being?
In other words, are you satisfied with yourself?
If not, you must look at the choices you have made, since your life is nothing more than their outcome.
“The choices we make dictate the life we lead”. - Danny De Vito
It follows that life is a do-it-yourself project.
YOU are the only one responsible for how good it is.
So, if you are not satisfied with where you are in your career, relationships, or physical shape, it’s high time you took ownership of your life and became responsible for it.
“Remember, the moment you accept total responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you claim the power to change anything in your life”. - Hal Elrod
You don’t have to keep being stuck in a rut.
You can start paving the way for a better future today, provided you make different choices and you are committed to the journey you embark on.
Whether you want to improve your financial standing, your relationships, your shape, etc, it all comes down to your attitude and commitment.
If you have already read some of my previous posts you know I don’t believe in shortcuts, I don’t believe success is an overnight event.
What choice are you going to make?
Are you going to be disciplined, to do your best in everything you do, or are you going to play small?
Bear in mind that the life you dream about only depends on the choices you make.
Ask yourself: “What choices do I need to make to achieve my goals. What can I do today, this week, month, and year, to get me closer to my goals?”
Once you figure it out, commit yourself to aiming for excellence and your success will be guaranteed.
“It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project”. - Napoleon Hill
The below story pinpoints how making proper choices and giving your best in everything you do determines the outcome you get.
Hopefully, it won’t take you half your life to consider making a change, once you have read the following enlightening story.
THE CARPENTER WHO BUILT HIS OWN HOUSE
There once lived a highly skilled carpenter who was a master at his work.
He was so good at building that he was the most sought-after home builder.
After forty years of hard work, at last, he was about to retire.
One day, at the end of his working day he went to his employer, who - by then - had become a friend, to inform him about his decision.
The carpenter wanted to leave the house-building business: “It’s high time I retired and spent time with my family”.
The employer said: “I understand. After an entire life devoted to working, you deserve to retire and enjoy your life and loved ones.
I am sorry to lose such an outstanding worker, however, I am happy for you.
Before you leave for good, may I ask you one last favor, a sign of the bond that has kept us together for all these years”?
The carpenter replied: “Tell me what I could do for you”!
“I’ve been commissioned to build a new house, and I would like you to be responsible for this project”, the employer said.
The carpenter lukewarmly agreed, and immediately started working on what would be the last project of his life.
Since the carpenter was already in a retirement mood he worked half-heartedly, he was not paying the usual attention to details.
He took every shortcut he knew.
His first concern was to finish the project as soon as possible so that he could move on with a new chapter of his life.
He didn’t bother to find the best material to build the house.
He didn’t bother to find a place for a swimming pool.
He didn’t bother to order the precious wood windows he had always used.
In short, he cut corners and hurried up to get the job done.
Months went by and the house was completed.
The employer came to inspect the work and said to the carpenter:
“Thanks for meeting my request to build this last property”.
Then, he went on: “Here you are, take the key! The house you have just built is yours!
This is my parting gift and thanksgiving for all the years you have worked so passionately paying attention to each detail”.
The carpenter was speechless. What a shock; what a shame!
If he had only known that he was building his own house, no doubt he would have given it his best shot.
Like the carpenter in the story, we build our lives day in, day out, often putting way less than our best into it.
To our amazement, we eventually realize we are living a life that doesn’t live up to our expectations; in other words, a mediocre existence.
We realize we are broke, we have poor relationships, we are not in shape, and we feel miserable, thinking life is unfair to us.
However, the fault is ours alone.
We have made some choices that have led us where we are today.
We have chosen to rest on our laurels, to play small.
We have chosen instant gratification over delayed gratification.
We have preferred to lie on the couch instead of working our ass off at the gym.
We have preferred to watch Netflix instead of starting a side hustle and creating financial independence.
We have preferred to scroll on social media instead of nurturing our relationships.
Have I made myself clear?
You are the carpenter of your life!
Build it wisely, because it’s the only life you’ll ever build.
Stop playing small, you deserve to live your dream life.
Stop coming up short on your relationships, on your finances, on your general well-being.
Stop lying to yourself, stop coming up with excuses for not living life on your own terms.
Don’t look for shortcuts, don’t bother to just get things done.
Get into the habit of always giving your best instead.
Shift from “I’ll give it a try” to “I’ll do my best to make my dream come true”.
"Life is a do-it-yourself project“, thus, make sure your attitude and the choices you make today build the dream "house" you’ll live in tomorrow.