Why Not You?

We’ve all experienced these moments: You’re scrolling through the feed on your social media of choice when you see the posts that make you slightly green with envy. Perhaps it’s the post from your friend from high school sharing that she just accepted her dream job. You just got passed up for another promotion at work. Or maybe your cousin just posted pictures of his amazing vacation. You haven’t left the comfort of your town in months. Never mind that your neighbor just ran her 5th marathon, yet you haven’t gotten past week one of Couch to 5K. You feel that first little pang of envy and wonder what makes them so different from you. Why do they get to have all the fun?

Instead of asking “What makes them so special” ask yourself the question “Why not me?” If you are feeling unfulfilled in your life or just looking to add some excitement, it’s time to start evaluating your situation and discover what it is that you’re doing (or not doing) to pursue great things in your life. Yes, we all face unique challenges in our lives, but there are a few things that you can do to get yourself on track to experience some of the amazing adventures that you’ve dreamed about.

Choose Greatness: One of my favorite motivational quotes is “Greatness isn’t for the Chosen Few, but for the Few who Choose.” The people that you see in your life who seem to be constantly sharing good news or are always doing something new and exciting are doing so because they’ve chosen not to settle for average in their life. They’ve made the decision to believe in themselves and to go after the life that they desire. Do you want greatness? Do you want to do amazing things? If the answer is yes, you need to make that choice every day. Show up and put in the work to reach your goals and keep yourself focused on moving your life in this direction.

Prioritize: Take the time to write down the things in your life that are essential to you as well as the items that you wish to achieve in your life. This will also mean identifying areas of your life that may be of lesser importance and giving them less of your time, energy, finances and attention. Most of us do not have access to unlimited time, money or energy, so we need to make some difficult decisions when it comes to budgeting these things in order to go after the things that we really want in life. If you are willing to focus on your high priority items you will discover how much easier it is to invest in them and make them happen.

Take Action: In order to do amazing things in life, you will need to act. Everything worth doing in life involves some effort and follow through and this is completely within your control. Whether it is making the touch decisions about your finances to be able to save for your dream vacation, or getting up every day to get in your training to finally finish that 5k, you need to commit to your priorities and put in the work. If you are willing to show up every day and make the effort, you too can accomplish great things and have incredible experiences in life.

So, the next time you are tempted to see and amazing experience in life as just for other people, ask yourself the question “why not me?” If it is something that you are really passionate about, if you make the choice to believe in yourself, prioritize your pursuits, and take action to move towards greatness. You too can do amazing things!