Wake Up And Pay Attention
Every night before I fall asleep my mind overruns with so many ideas about things that I would like to accomplish. And it’s never anything that’s too far fetched or impossible to achieve. But for some reason as soon as I lie down I’m hit with excess energy that I want to use and after I wake up the next morning it’s all gone. I fall back into my daily routine, and then on the weekends I spend so much time running around and trying to fit in all of the things I need to take care of that I never give myself the opportunity to sit and focus on something that’s important to me.
I tend to have a great momentum going when I really apply change into my life, but then I stumble, fall and stay down longer than I should before I start the process all over again.
This, of course, will never lead me to any success because it’s too inconsistent. This morning as I drifted in and out of consciousness on the train (because I hate Monday) I thought of the movie Sister Act 2 and the famous line ‘ If you want to be somebody, if you want to go somewhere, you better wake up and pay attention’
I realize the irony is that this epiphany came while I was trying to catch a last minute nap on my commute to work and I also realize the irony that I started this post talking about the thoughts I have before I drift off to sleep at night. But it all ties in to the advice given in that line;
Wake up and pay attention!
I believe that there can be a full transformation in anyone’s life but first they need to pay attention to the things that may not be working. Or, in all honesty, pay attention to the amount of bullshit we tell ourselves to dissuade that change from coming.
As I sit here at the place that keeps the bills paid I look around and think about where would I be right now if only I would have been a little more proactive in securing a better future for myself when I was younger?
The problem with that kind of thinking is that I’m not Marty McFly with a DeLorean time machine. So anything that hasn’t happened isn’t worth lamenting on unless I plan on doing something about it.
The same goes for everyone. The time for sleeping is over. Wake up and pay attention to what needs to be done now so you won’t have to live with further regrets later.