You can control the person you become.
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Who do you want to be?
Think about it for a minute. Who do you really want to be? Are you the person you hoped to be?
Children are naturally dreamers. Many dream of being cowboys, spacemen, ballerinas, and so much more.
What did you dream of being as a child? What do you dream of now? Really think about it.
Today is the day to start moving in that direction.
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We are all surrounded by limiting beliefs, especially if you are dealing with a mental or chronic illness. But do you sometimes let those limitations restrict you too much?
It’s far too easy to stop pursuing our dreams and goals because we don’t have the health to get us there. Even if you are restricted, there is never a reason to give up.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. After 18 years, I left a career in insurance because my employer turned out to be a disloyal and immoral individual.
Actually, neither of those things were a surprise, but when the stress of dealing with that reality became too much, I finally decided I had to walk away.
My future was a blank slate, and it was up to me to choose what to do next.
My goal was to reinvent myself. I set out to start a writing career and a blog.
I am a survivor of both mental illness and chronic illness. Though I am not successful in all areas of my life, I do believe that my voice might help someone else. Hence, Speaking Bipolar was created.
Unfortunately, neither option was bringing in enough income, so I was forced to take another “day job” as a bookkeeper and tax preparer.
If you’ve been following my blog for the last two months, you know that taxes took over my life. Working 6-7 days a week every week left very little of me for anything else.
Happily, the worst of tax season is over, and I get to reclaim my nights and weekends again.
Once again, I’m thinking about goals and how best to achieve them. But where should I begin? Where should you begin?
Sometimes the best way to decide how to move forward is to make a clear evaluation of where you are right now. I did that with my blog recently.
Now I’m doing the same thing with the rest of my life.
I have a novel I’m writing that’s about two-thirds finished and three other book ideas that are all started. Then, of course, I have this blog, which is very much a passion project for me but still not producing any mentionable income.
So, what should I do?
Honestly, I don’t know.
Again I am trying to decide just exactly who I want to be.
One thing I know, the blog and the writing stays. The rest I will figure out along the way.
What Do You Want?
Have you ever felt that way? Perhaps you are facing some difficult or weighty decisions right now. Is it really as easy as just deciding what you want?
Yes and no.
Let’s face it, there are some things you will likely never be. If you are 80 years old, it’s very unlikely you could start a career in space travel. Not impossible, but extremely unlikely.
It would, however, be a fascinating story, so if that is you, please reach out. I would love to tell your story.
Poor health can also restrict some of your possibilities. Living with bipolar and Familial Mediterranean Fever, I understand health limitations.
What is never restricted, though, is the TYPE of person you are. Whether you are 8 or 800, you can always choose what type of person you will be.
(Again, if you are 800, I really want to tell your story. Insert smiley here.)
Will you choose to be forgiving? Humble? Moral? Honest? Loyal? Responsible? Kind? Happy?
The list of possibilities is endless, but the choice is yours.
You are never stuck being who you are today. Make that your affirmation this week.
Say it with me, “I am not stuck being who I am today.”
Have you made mistakes? Are there poor choices in your past? It can’t be undone, but today and tomorrow are in your power to change.
This week, take some time to think about what type of person you are. Are you the person you want to be? Are you going in the direction you desire?
If not, what can you do to start moving towards being the person you want to be? What can you do today to start making the change?
It would be overwhelming to try to change everything at once. Instead, pick just one thing, one trait or goal, and make forward movement toward that goal.
Your future is in your hands. Choose wisely. You got this. I believe in you.
Until next time, keep fighting.
Wouldn’t it be great if our lives were mapped out for us? That’s the subject of this poem video.