Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
It isn’t always easy to tell the future, but Twain hits the nail on the head with his prediction. Take the risk of leaving your comfort zone behind and discover new territory — within you. When you explore, dream and discover, it enriches your experience of the world, but even more, of yourself. Opening up to new choices and ideas activates dormant aspects of your personality and awakens places in you that have been hidden.
The best thing we can do is make the right decision. The second best thing is make the wrong decision. But the worst thing we can do is make no decision at all.
Charlie Kim, CEO of NextJump
There are times when making no decision is actually worse than making the wrong one. Those are the instances where you feel your inner adventurer calling and choose to look away. These adventures can be as unassuming as creating a course of study for yourself or joining an online coaching group, or they can be as big and bold as moving to a new place to start a new way of life. In the book The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying, Bronnie Ware shares the number one regret of those who are on their deathbeds:
“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
If worrying about what others think of you is keeping you from making a decision to live life on your terms, then now is the time to “throw off the bowlines” and begin to craft a life that is truly yours.
Pick Your Passion
There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
When it comes to living the passionate life you are capable of living, you may fall into one of three categories:
- Don’t know my passion
- My passion won’t pay the bills
- My passion is my purpose
An important first step is to gain a clear understanding of what it means to live your passion. Your passion is more than your favorite hobby or strongest talent. Passion isn’t a what, or a how – it’s a why, as the thought leader and author, Simon Sinek describes. The why of your life can be expressed in many ways. Don’t confuse the form your passion takes with the passion itself.
In order to cultivate your relationship to your passion, spend time with your inner stillness, your uncensored artist, and your limitless student-self for 10 minutes each day. Try one of these activities, or invent your own. The important quality of this exercise is that it takes you within.
Practice daily, morning writing
Make ephemeral art using natural materials
Listen to and reflect on the words of a wise leader who is where you want to be
Engaging with yourself in these ways will gradually uncover the true nature of your passion and start you on a path of choosing how best to express it. Like growing a healthy root system of a tree, this will take time. However, when you do, what will emerge will be the vibrant and flourishing branches, twigs, and leaves of your fully passionate life.
Zette Harbour is an iPEC certified life coach and an award-winning professional storyteller. Her column, Successful Awakenings explores the limitless power of awakening to the brilliant and beautiful story of who you truly are. Sign up for vibrant and vivacious updates at Morphosis Coaching.com and receive your FREE guide, Awaken to Your Native Greatness. Follow Zette at Morphosis Coaching on Facebook. Her column, Successful Awakenings explores the limitless power of awakening to the brilliant and beautiful story of who you truly are. Sign up for vibrant and vivacious updates from Zette at Morphosis Coaching.com and receive your FREE guide, Awaken to Your Native Greatness. Follow Zette at Morphosis Coaching on Facebook.