There’s a broken mentality out there that misery is expected. That it’s normal to dread Monday mornings and count down the minutes until 5 o’clock.
You’re existing and living 24/7, 365 days a year, so why—and really, really think about this one—are you only living for the weekends? For the Friday nights and the ten or so vacation days you get a year (if you’re lucky)?
If you throw your arms up and tell me “it’s the daily grind” or that you “have to work to live,” you’ve got a serious case of backward thinking. That is a C-level—painfully average—mentality.
So please do YOURSELF a favor and stop pretending that “it is what it is” and “everybody goes through it”—stop falling for the middle class myth.
Snap out of the “I don’t have time” mentality because listen, we all have the time, you just need to start using it right.
If you don’t like your condition, change it.
I’m not saying success doesn’t take hard work—man it takes a lot of work—but there is a big difference between this work and the 9-5 that you’re doing.
Life is hard no matter what you do, but you can make it a whole lot better if you focus your energy on the right stuff. If you want to live a better life, then you need to do a lot more; and hey, I can see how that might sound like a lousy deal from the outside (I hear you complaining, “you want me to do more?!”), but I’ll tell you why it’s not:
My “work” is different from that of most people—my drive isn’t average and my day sure isn’t average either. I’m not staring at the clock counting down the minutes, heck—I don’t even wear a watch most of the time. But I’m living my truth every day: I wake up excited, I work because I choose to (I definitely don’t have to anymore), and I’m not hustling because “I gotta,” but because I “wanna”—because my work gives me joy.
The reason why I’m telling you this is because I want you to see how it’s possible. There are way too many people in this world who are settling, and I don’t want you being one of them.
The bottom line is, you have to stop looking for ways to “escape” your reality and start really living in it: live every moment to its fullest and take it all in.
Start using those minutes you’re counting—that’s how you’re going to start living up to your potential. It’s all about going after your ambitions, putting everything you’ve got toward the goal, getting consistent, and fighting for your happiness; you’ll be surprised how far that fight takes you.