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Beginnings are fun. When you start a job, there’s the promise of rising the ranks and making a name for yourself. On a first date, there’s the tingling sensation that this might be “the one”. When a new born child screams it’s first breath, you can feel hope and love all at the same time. Beginnings are beautiful, they hold with them the promise of how great things could be.
Yesterday we pulled out of Austin and hit the road. Now, writing this at the first RV park along our journey I’m feeling this sense of hope. I’m dreaming about all Alyssa and I will see on this crazy adventure. It excites me. I know we’ll never be the same. And even though I don’t want to admit it, I know we will face trials along the way.
This is the downside of every beginning. We have been let down so many times before. Breakups, lost jobs, lost friends, we’ve been conditioned to believe that it won’t work out, not this time at least. We buy into the lie that says, “She’s great, but just not the one.” or “I love this job, but probably just a short term gig.”. What happens to us when we tell ourselves that this opportunity or situation is not “the one”? We lose all hope and motivation of turning that opportunity into something incredible.
Once you tell yourself that a situation is merely average, and has no potential of being anything else, then the situation will absolutely stay average. On the other hand, if you tell yourself a situation will be incredible, that it has the potential to shake your world up in the best way, then you may just have a shot at the opportunity being incredible. You certainly have a better chance than the other alternative.
This is something I strive for in every aspect of my life. I do my best to treat every opportunity like “the one”because, in my mind, it really is. I’ve found that by treating every situation like it has the potential to be life-changing, more situations have changed my life. It’s the mindset you have going into something that has the ability to rock your world, not what actually happens in the journey.
When you walk into a new job on your first day, you have two options. You can tell yourself this is just a job to make some cash, and move along. Or, you can tell yourself this job is the platform on which I’m going to build my life. No matter how mundane this position is, I’m going to keep my eyes open for life lessons and use my role here to excel and keep moving forward. Whether you realize it or not, you have chosen this before you ever walk through the front doors.
For anyone starting a new journey today, choose to believe this journey was meant for you. Choose.