Just keep swimming!

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

— Will Rogers

Today’s quote reminds us to keep moving on out path.  One of the things that everyone needs to remember is that if you want something to happen, you have work to do.  If you want to win the lotto, you have to buy a ticket.  If you want to be a teacher, then you need to get a college degree.  If you want to run marathons, you have to practice and work hard to make it happen.  If you want to have a better life, you have to work almost as hard.  Most people have heard the saying, “good things come to those who wait”.  Well that’s true, but waiting can be risky, if you aren’t doing anything to work on your goals while you wait.

When I work with patients, we talk about goals, objectives, and how to make things happen.  If you want to sell your house, you need to make sure that your house is in good repair if you want the most money.  You have to find a way to market it, whether you put it on Craigslist or you get a realtor, or no one will know it’s available.  Once you market it, you have to allow people to see it.  If they put an offer on the house, you have to respond.  Not following through on any of those steps will make the goal unreachable.

I have worked with many people who want a partner relationship, but never leave the house.  They want a new job, but don’t look for what’s available.  They want to go to school to start a new career, but they haven’t looked into finding a school that they would like to attend.  Having goals is great, but they don’t usually happen when you are sitting in the house, watching television or sitting on the internet.  Even if you have the job you love, a partner you can spend the rest of your life with, or you are going to school, you need to keep moving forward to keep you momentum.  Having your life in order, long term, takes work and effort.  Don’t stop moving forward.

I know that you get stuck at times.  It’s happened to me, and most adults, but reviewing and altering your plan keeps you moving forward.  I am still hoping to win the lottery, so I still buy a ticket, but I don’t quit my day job.  I still take care of myself, as I care for my family, and others, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have dreams and hopes that keep me motivated to improve my life.

When you are on the right track, remember that you can get derailed in a moment.  Pay attending and keep focused on your goals.  You need to keep up the work, and keep moving forward.  You need to keep dreaming, and updating, and renovating your goals.  Being happy in this life isn’t as easy as we would like it to be, but it’s possible.  Keep reaching for the stars, and stay ready for happiness to be in your sights.