There are times when I feel frozen in motion while the world continues to rotate. When self-doubt creeps in and I wonder if my goals are too ambitious, or if I’m completely honest with myself, that I’m just not trying hard enough.
I’ve learned to curb expectations, to realize that ambitions I had ten years are not realistic now. I constantly remind myself that only I can develop my future and that it’s naive to believe otherwise. So what am I doing to educate myself, to improve my well-being? It’s a simple to understand but difficult to execute three pronged approach.
This encompasses everything in life. Patience in traffic for the guy that cut me off, patience for the appointment that didn’t show up, patience for the job I didn’t get. Small inconveniences are trivial in relation to everything else. Patience decreases stress immensely, which in turn increase health and happiness. Easier said than done, but I’m trying.
- Increase my knowledge and awareness.
I’m currently educating myself on two incredibly time consuming and varied subjects: The Spanish language and the world of investment securities. I’m attempting this for obvious career reasons, but luckily I have a curiosity in both. This also circles back to the importance of patience as these are both long-term goals. I won’t be prepared for a FINRA Series exam in just a few weeks, neither will I be conversationally fluent in Spanish without several hundred hours of practice.
Society tells us to play it safe, to be cautious. To play by the rules and never make waves. But this is no way to live knowing that life could end at any moment. I’m learning to stop being so conservative, to be honest about how I feel, to not be scared to fail, to filter out the distractions. To sum up what a writer once said…
"Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves - regret for the past and fear of the future."