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I Wish I Could Do What You’re Doing…

I want to tell you a story about a friend of mine, someone I knew a long time ago.

We’ll call him Michael for the purposes of this story.

Michael grew up in a very traditional family with two sisters, a dad who worked, and a mom who stayed at home.

Michael excelled in school, always getting good grades and finishing near the top of his class.

Following high school, he went on to college and then graduate school, earning a masters in public policy.

His masters degree helped him secure a job with the US government, doing research on food and nutrition programs.

After years of school and putting off his dreams, Michael was excited to start his new career and start building the life that he had been envisioning.

Except the excitement didn’t last. The job soon turned into a soul-sucking routine.

Michael would spend hours every day doing work that he found completely unfulfilling, crunching numbers in a spreadsheet or writing pointless memos.

Hours in front of a computer, stuck in a small cubicle, doing meaningless tasks, day after day, week after week.

Sure, Michael was paid well, was well-liked and respected at work, and had an active social life outside of work.

But none of that made up for this deep inner sense that he should be doing something more meaningful with his life, something that actually mattered, something that resonated with his heart and soul.

From time to time, Michael would be offered jobs at other government agencies but he couldn’t see how they’d be much different from what he was already doing – boring, mind-numbing, unfulfilling work.

At work, Michael would spend hours staring at the clock or surfing the internet, just trying to pass the time until he could be free from the drudgery for another evening or weekend.

He knew that he was wasting his life, that he had more to offer the world, that we was called to something much greater, even if he wasn’t sure what.

And then one day, Michael finally got up the courage to go into his boss’s office and let her know that he was quitting.

Michael wasn’t sure what he would do next, just that he needed to get out in order to save himself.

Because Michael was so well-liked at work, when his boss sent out saying that he was quitting, it sent shock waves through the organization.

Co-worker after co-worker came up to Michael’s desk and uttered the following words to him:

“I wish I could do what you’re doing”.

 

Think about those words for a moment.

Think about what those words imply.

Here are all these people, coming up to Michael and essentially telling him “I want out too. But I’m not willing to take the necessary risks. I’d rather play it safe and give up my dreams”.

How sad is that?

Now, there’s one VERY important detail of the story that I haven’t told you yet.

Can you guess what it is?

Micheal isn’t the real first name of my friend. It’s his middle name.

Michael is me. The story I just told you in MY STORY.

The story I told you happened over a decade ago and I can STILL picture my co-workers coming up to me and saying: “I wish I could do what you’re doing.”


Now, here’s why I just told you that story.

2016 is almost upon us, less than a month away.

Are you ready?

I am!

My plan for 2016 is to bring it like I’ve never brought it before.

I’ve written some nice blog posts this year but I’m going to turn up the heat in 2016.

Here’s the problem with nice, little blog posts.

Nice, little blog posts don’t get people to stop saying “I wish I could…”.

Nice, little blog posts don’t get people to commit to living their dreams.

Nice, little blog posts don’t get people unstuck and moving forward.

In 2016, my goal is to challenge you, to make you uncomfortable, to inspire you however I can with my blog posts.

I’m going to push you, pull you, do whatever it takes so you can finally start living your one wild and precious life.

Consider it a bit of tough love. Or maybe a lot.

The same thing for my coaching offerings. 

My plan for 2016 is to offer you huge, big, bold, amazing solutions that blow you away and make you say “I want that!”

I don’t want you to be like my former co-workers saying “I wish I could.”

I want you to be one of the ones who say “Yes, I can!!!”

So I’ll ask you again…

Are you ready for 2016?

Ready to finally answer the question: “What should I do with my life?”

Ready to finally live a life that’s true to your deepest desires?

Ready to start doing something meaningful with your life?

I’m ABSOLUTELY ready! I hope you are too!!!

This Post Has 4 Comments
  1. I love this! I have started to really listen to my soul and stop living my life on auto pilot. I have this amazing feeling that my life has gone from black and white to vivid color. I’m looking forward to seeing what incredible things you will do in 2016, too. And I’ll be checking in here to get a kick in the pants when I need it!

    1. Thanks Diana! And I agree completely. I understand that people get stuck in situations (work or otherwise) that they don’t want to be in and that it’s hard to leave because of prior responsibilities. But as you say, with baby steps, lots of things are possible!

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