“Life is not a journey to the grave with intentions of arriving safely in a pretty well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming … WOW! What a ride!” Unknown
When things are going ok, alarm bells probably don’t go off.
But they should.
Unless you are well on your way in the pursuit of something that you find amazing, compelling, and meaningful, waking up and feeling ok should make you very afraid.
Think about it. Change happens in two situations. Either you are in emotional pain in which case you say to yourself, “Something’s gotta change,” and you’re motivated to do something; or you have hope and you say, “Wow! Maybe I can do this!” And there you find your motivation for change.
But when everything is ok, there’s no motivation to strive for something better. If what you want is an ok life, then fine. You’re in the right place. You’ve succeeded. But if what you’re after is an amazing life, one that inspires others, makes a difference, and leaves you feeling like you left it on the mat, then ok won’t cut it.
Ok is actually the enemy. It’s the poppy field that lulls you into a waking sleep, leaving you to realize many, many years later that you wasted opportunities because you were too afraid to move from the comfort of ok and into the discomfort of reaching for something better.
This is a wake-up call to the extreme danger of ok. Don’t let it trick you. If there’s more life left in you, if there’s more left for you to do, if you’re sleep walking through your life satisfied with ok, don’t be fooled. You won’t be satisfied forever. You will wake up at some point full of regret at what you never got the chance to do.
Here is your call to action: Be dissatisfied with ok and move towards great – even if you don’t know where or what your great life is. Asking the question, taking the first step and enlisting help will get you the ride of your life.