3 Simple Ways to Escape Accidental Living

Today’s post is a short pep talk as I continue to focus on writing of the eBook.

Have you ever woken up in the morning and wondered how you arrived here? Sometimes we make decisions out of necessity or fear instead of intention. We live accidentally and end up wherever our circumstances and environment take us. We’re afraid if we make a leap of faith to try something new that we might, gaspfail. We’re not living intentionally. We pretend we’re okay with our current life because it’s just fine.

But not great.

So we never leave our comfort zone.

Your life is the sum of all of your choices and decisions. Whether you make those decisions intentionally or out of bad habit is up to you. If you ever going to get out of that rut, you’ll need to…

Take a Leap of Faith

 “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin

For this task you will need one part crazy, two parts persistence, and a whole lot of courage. Living accidentally or unintentionally is the product of making safe decisions. You’re so afraid to fail that you become stagnant and alright with the status quo. You’re okay with your box and your routine. Every day and every week is the same pattern.

You don’t take chances.

Why has this become the normal? Since when did this become okay?

If  you’re honestly happy with the same pattern every day for the rest of your life, then good. I’m happy for you. But if there’s something inside you brewing and boiling up and telling you to take that trip to Scotland, what’s stopping you? If you’ve always wanted to make a living online, what’s stopping you? Any answer you give me will just be an excuse. Need the money? Save. Don’t have the knowledge? Learn.

Go outside and do something!

Take a leap of faith.

Because you are destined to do epic things. It’s in your DNA. Branch out.

Don’t Be Afraid to Fail 

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

Failure is the secret excuse we tell ourselves so we don’t have to try.

Admit it. 

Here, I’ll start. My name is Loren Wade and I let the fear of failure control me for most of my life.

Your turn.

You’re better than that. ‘Cause guess what? Pretty much anything you try, short of being a daredevil, you’re not gonna die. That’s right. You will still be alive when you screw up. Your blood will still pump and your brain will still function. The voice of the naysayers will be silenced when you’ve failed so much that you did something great.

Doing great things will require a lot of screwing up.

And that’s okay! Learn to become friends with failure. You will learn more from doing great things and failing than from doing small things successfully. A big part of taking your leap of faith will be overcoming the fear of failure.

Think of it like this: failures are the result of a life lived intentionally.

Be Intentional

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

Believe it or not, you are not a product of your environment. You’re not a product of your circumstances, either. You are the product of the decisions you make in response to your environment. Whether you respond to those intentionally or not is up to you. Living intentionally is making a conscious decision every day to take chances, overcome failure, and doing what you think is right.

Is your environment consistently negative? Your workplace? Home? Take measures to counteract that. Even social media is part of your environment. Clean it up!

You always have a choice.

Whether you use that choice or not is up to you.

Choose your life, don’t become a product of it.

Reclaim your life!

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4 Responses to “3 Simple Ways to Escape Accidental Living”

  1. Chad Miller November 19, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    I recently heard that everyone can have great intentions. This is so true, and it has me looking at “being intentional” in whole new light.
    I want to take action…to be “actionable.” After all, if the road to nowhere is filled with good intentions, the road to excellence must be filled with great action.
    Keep up the great content, Loren. Can’t wait to see the results of your hard work in the ebook.

    • Loren Wade November 19, 2012 at 10:03 am #

      Thanks Chad. I really appreciate your consistent support.

      I’ve also recently been living more intentionally and just felt like talking about it today.

  2. Andrew J Klimek November 20, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Great post Loren, I just want to expand on the idea of leaving your comfort zone. I always thought I wasn’t one of those people with a comfort zone holding them back, but I realized my comfort zone is simply doing what I FEEL like doing, all day long. Never pushing myself to be who I am called to be. Living intentionally is the opposite of the feelings-based drift that our culture teaches us.

    • Loren Wade December 1, 2012 at 1:17 am #

      Thanks man! Sorry for the late reply on this. Always appreciate your feedback. :)

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