The First Step to Create the Life You Want

Same story, different day.

Alarm. To-do list. Dinner. Bed. Repeat.

Many of us live on auto-pilot to meet the hectic demands we’ve created for ourselves. We run around, half desensitized to the world around us because our next errand or commitment is so important right now. We may be productive, accomplished and secure, but are we really happy?

In the middle of the “business as usual” routine, if something isn’t quite right, our inner voice starts to pipe up. Something in us clicks.

We want more in life. In our careers and our relationships.

It’s time to wipe the slate clean. It’s time to rebuild and create the life we want.

Starting from scratch is a bitch, isn’t it? It’s a wild idea to walk away from something good to create something better. In fact, it can be downright terrifying. But sometimes starting fresh is the only way to do it.

Take our careers for example. Do you feel bored? Not challenged? No more room for growth? Perhaps it’s time to make a change. If given the opportunity under the right circumstances (and a HELL of a lot of prayer, trust me!) then it might be time to walk away. Perhaps you can become your own boss, fulfill a dream you’ve always had, or simply work on your own terms. When we start over we’re given the chance to rebuild what we deeply, truly want. When the stars are aligned it could be a risk worth taking.

The same goes for our relationships. There is always an ebb and flow, a changing dynamic, a rhythm. If clear communication has morphed into misread signals, maybe it’s time to wipe the slate clean. There comes a point when we need close the door on the person we used to be– or they used to be– and forge ahead with a new purpose. We let go of hurts and hang-ups and mutually agree to put in the effort and care a good relationship requires. In fact, it may be better than it ever was before.

There are times when life just gets messy. But if we play our cards right, it can be a blessing in disguise.

The point of things falling apart is to put them back together again, right? You (and The Big Man Upstairs) get to decide how the puzzle turns out.

If you’re not quite sure which direction to go in ask yourself these questions:

What is my purpose?

What is my passion?

What are my top priorities?

How can I serve?

How can I grow?

At the end of the day we all have the capacity to be better. Better spouses, parents, friends. Even if we’re rockstar employees in a not-so-great work environment, we can probably be better to ourselves.

Start now. Start fresh.

What in life will you rebuild?


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