What Matters in Life

When we become adults, we are charged with figuring out what the heck to do with our time. Up until then, we are saddled with obligations that others have placed upon us, and we’re not given the full keys to the castle. I know that I spent my first few adult years hiding under the warm, welcoming eaves of college. I didn’t start to live until I’d gotten out of college and started to figure things out on my own.

There are some people who are blessed with the knowledge of their internal direction. They simply wake up one morning and KNOW what they’re going to do for the rest of their lives, hunker down, and just do it. Those people don’t have to turn to sites like mine because they have a plan for what they’re doing with their money, their careers, and their lives.

Now, don’t get me wrong. These people have trials and challenges just like the rest of us. The have to figure out what they’re going to be doing on any given day toward their goal. When you don’t have goals or ideals that really fit what you’re doing, it can get awfully confusing. Most of the things that I’ve doen until now have been to discover what I don’t want to do, rather than what I should be doing.

Doers do. Dreamers dream about it.

Image matters

This is one that I wrestled with a long time. I tried to distance myself from those who were trying to enhance their image and the image of their company. I wanted to push myself away from the ‘look’ of a salesperson or a ‘writer’ or whatever, because I just wanted to be myself. Images, however, serve the purpose of being easily identifiable buckets of traits.

Money matters

No matter what we do to deny it, the amount of money that’s in the bank account has an emotional effect. There were some great times and some sad times while I was just getting started, and a lot of those times had to do with money. I was able to afford to go to X or Y, or I was able to pay rent – this directly revolves around money.

Character matters

Honestly, this one took a long time to be able to put into words. The character that you have contributes to how people will react to you. If you are able to create a reasonable image and back that up with positive character traits, whether in person or through writing, you will go further than just the image alone. It’s essentially walking the walk along with talking the talk.

Hope matters

Hope represents that which we want to have in the future. It’s a goal or an idea, and what we strive for is absolutely paramount to determining who we are within this great big world. If we can take those hopes and dreams and coordinate them into action, we succeed more than those who are rolling naround in circles, reinventing the wheel.

Motivation matters

Just because we have the hope does not mean that it is automatically pushed forward every day. If we do nothing to press forward, if we do nothing to strive for those hopes and dreams in small actionable steps, we are still no closer to achieving them. Motivation requires that you wake up in the morning and push for those goals more often than not.

You can dream all day about being something that you’re not right now. If you put no emphasis toward that dream, you are taking the infinite monkeys approach. Yes, an infinite number of monkeys with an infinite number of typewriters could potentially write Shakespeare, but the time it would take to do so is extravagantly long – taking an infinite amount of time.

That’s where it comes back to being a doer. Doers do. Dreamers dream about it. If you do something toward your goal every single day, you will get there faster than if you did nothing. If you do something, project the right image, possess character and hope, as well as motivation, you will get there even faster. You are in charge of crafting your own life. It is your responsibility.