Your Only Two Choices
Are you going to keep living an unfulfilled life?
The reason I ask that is simple—because I've been there before. I used to settle, and I used to ignore my worse. I chose to ignore the person I knew I was supposed to become, and I felt unfulfilled as a result. Today's message is about responsibility. Instead of blaming other people or bad circumstances for our situations, it's time for us to all take more responsibility in our lives.
Living unfulfilled is a choice.
Let me ask you something—what is it that's keeping you from your satisfaction? If you're feeling unfulfilled, I need you to understand something important. Dissatisfaction is a choice. Being fulfilled or not is up to you and no one else. It's hard to stop settling—it takes effort. Recognizing one's worth sounds so simple, but in reality, it's more difficult than most people account for. It requires brutally honest self-evaluation, and that isn't easy for anyone. I say this a lot, but there's only one real choice. After all, your life is at stake. Are you going to die unhappy? Do you want to die miserable? There are so many people alive today who aren't really living. There are a lot of people who live their whole lives in misery, and never break free from their self-imposed shackles.
My good friend Jonathan Evans said something that really stuck with me. He told me, "How young or old you are doesn't depend on your birthday—it depends on the day you die. There are a whole lot of people who have only thirty more years to live, and if they knew that, maybe they would realize that at the end of the day, all that matters is what you're doing with your life now."
At the end of the day, you are the only one who gets to choose what you settle for. You're the only one who chooses who and what to keep in your life. A while back, I made a decision with my life. I decided that I'm going to live a fulfilled, happy life, because I deserve it! It doesn't matter how many years I have left—I'm going to live in the moment and get what I deserve out of life. Whoever out there is reading this right now, I want you to do something when you wake up tomorrow morning. I want you to look in the mirror and tell yourself, I refuse to leave this earth unhappy. I refuse to leave this earth unfulfilled. I refuse to have my legacy be the legacy of somebody who just settled in their pain.
I don't know about you, but I don't want to be eighty years old and hating life. I want to love life for as long as it lasts, and I want everyone reading this right now to fall in love with life just as much as I have. Trust me—you've earned it.
It all starts with you.