Most times we read something inspiring, the message sticks with us for a few days. Yet it doesn’t translate into a lasting impact in our lives. It doesn’t propel us to make significant changes. Other times, for reasons unknown, one article can send us into action and change our path in life. Three articles I read last year had a massive impact on my life. They inspired me to find out what I want and run my own race.
The Most Important Hour of Your Life by Greg McKeown
This short article ends with an exercise that consists of answering the following questions: what would I do if I only had a week left to live? A month left to live? A year left to live? Five years left to live? One life left to live?
I did this exercise last year. The answers led me to make significant changes in my life. They led me to start living the life I want, not the life that societal pressures push upon us.
Why Do You Do What You Do? Because You Better Know by Ryan Holiday
I bookmarked this article last year. I re-read it every few months. It serves as an important reminder to run my own race. When I compare myself to others, I look towards people who are more “successful” than me. This drives me to chase their success.
I lose track of my personal goals and why I want them. I try to outrun others for things I didn’t really want in the first place. I start chasing money, power, status. When I run my own race instead, I feel aligned with my values and goals.
Seeking Inspiration? by Derek Sivers
Modern society provides a constant stream of incoming information. Everywhere we turn, there is a barrage of status updates from friends, articles, shows, movies, and news. It’s easier than ever to plug in to that information through our phones, tablets, and laptops.
This short article provides a valuable insight. We need to limit the information inputs so that we can have more time and space to focus on our outputs. Seeking inspiration and knowledge is great. But we also have to pause the inputs. Then, we can turn our attention to applying what we learn to our lives.
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