I read a great quote today that inspired this post:
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” –Steve Jobs
This can be applied to every area of our lives. We are meant to love what we do. It is that love that makes us great. We need to have our passion and desire fueling us. It can be our work, our relationships, or our hobbies. If we don’t love it, if it isn’t everything we dream and desire, we won’t give it all no matter how hard we try. Think through the areas of your life, past or present, that excite and inspire you. This is what all areas of your life should feel like.
People have what I call the “settle threshold.” This is the level that we are willing to put up with until we decide to change something. Until we hit this threshold, we will settle and accept things as they are. It may not be what we really want. It may not be what will give us fulfillment. It may not be what makes us happy but we won’t change because it “is good enough for now.” The reasons people get stuck here vary, but often it is some form of fear. If we aren’t careful, we can spend years settling and our life ends up full of regrets.
The best way to get out of this trap is to change our settle threshold. Decide, right now, that you are worth everything you desire and you can take steps to get there. Don’t settle for a career that you don’t enjoy because you are afraid you can’t make money following your passions. Don’t settle for the same daily routine because you are afraid to try something new. Don’t settle for an exercise routine you hate because you are afraid of gaining weight. No matter how large or small it may be, understand there are other options than settling.
Assess your life and determine where you are currently settling. Pick one area and begin making small changes to get it closer to what you love and adore. If you aren’t sure what that is, start searching until your heart tells you that you have found it. Try new things and see what sticks. It may take time depending on how high your settle threshold has been, but every step you take will bring you closer to the fulfilling life you desire.
Never forget, you deserve more than to settle on anything. Enjoy the journey of striving for your life to be full of what you love. This is what will make you and your life great.