“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” – Bruce Lee
Can you guess what percentage of people are really happy? I’m not talking “life is pretty good”. I talking about people who are thriving. They feel their lives are fulfilling, meaningful and that there’s an abundance of opportunity ahead.
17%. Less than one in five.
According to Christine Carter, author of the book The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work:
Only 17 percent of the adult population is said to be flourishing, fulfilling their potential for happiness, success, and productivity.
Bronnie Ware, a palliative care nurse, spent years helping patients be as comfortable as possible in the time just before their deaths. Do you know what the most common regret she heard from the dying? I wish I’d had the courage to live the life true to myself, not the life of others expected of me.
Bonnie elaborated “Most people had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it.”
So many people except reality as it is, whether it’s a miserable job, excessive weight or just being unhappy with where they’re at in life. They put up with it every day thinking life is what it is. I expect more from my life…I hope you do too.
Let’s challenge conventional wisdom and your current reality.
If you’re not truly happy with where you’re at in life, change something in your life. Reinvent yourself.
Reinventing yourself means becoming the healthiest, happiest, most confident you. It means embracing your strengths and becoming a better person than you were yesterday – which means you have the opportunity to reinvent yourself EVERY DAY.
Michael Irwin famously said “In life, you’re either moving forward or backwards, towards something, or away from it, growing stronger or becoming weaker.” There is no staying the same. You must choose growth. You must be willing to experiment, be willing to try new things and be willing to adapt
Think about all the things you do throughout the day starting with first thing in the morning. Most of the things are probably habitual — you do it automatically and just move on.
If you want to see change you have to make change.
What do I change? Pick one thing, anything and change it. Report back with results.
I’m overwhelmed. Deep breath. Pick one thing. Change what you are in control of right now.
I challenge you to choose something today that you’re going to change. It can be what you eat for breakfast, how you spend your morning or parking in a different location than where you normally park at work (maybe farther away from the entrance). Just identify something that is not in line with who you want to be and change it today.
If you want to know the best way to start your reinvention, get my Reinvention Starter Kit.