Passive

The whole idea and central theme of this blog post is going to be awfully similar to that of an older article of mine, Aggressive. Basically, the idea is this: life, depending on your perspective, is extremely short. There is no time to live passively, so spend every waking hour of your life working towards something that is important to you. Don’t fall into the common trap of, “Tomorrow I will,” because tomorrow, you probably won’t. Start working today. Even if it is just a small step towards something great. There is no harm in chipping away at a goal that you know will take a lot of effort spread over a long amount of time. I can’t even count how many times I say to myself, “I wish I would have started earlier.” 

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
— Zig Ziglar

Live with a purpose, and don’t let common obstacles get in the way of the life you think is optimal to yourself. Success is not defined by the amount of money you earn, or the number of followers you obtain. Success is completely subjective to each and every person. Learn enough about yourself that you can tailor every action you take to bring a benefit to both your immediate and distant future.

 

Don’t live passively.

Always have goals in mind.

Be happy.

 

- Jonah

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Aggressive

Nearly a third of our life is spent with our brains turned off and our bodies tucked in bed, sleeping. Additionally, take into account how much time is spent at either work or school: at least another third. Finally, think about the other little things that occupy your life; simple things like eating or showering. We truly don’t have much time to do what we love to do. Rather than taking everything life presents us with, we can actively choose to shape and form a life for ourselves.

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
— Henry David Thoreau

Just like I had previously written about in my post about being Impatient, it is good to live out your short days here on earth with an aggressive lifestyle.  We can fill our free time with meaningful and constructive adventures, pursuing everything we love and avoiding the mundane realities that will be present regardless of what we do. Too often we dismiss our own dreams and tuck them away just because the end goal is distant. Each day, live aggressively and chip away at the walls that you have put up. Put purpose behind every step you take in this life, and walk towards your own goals. Happiness will not only come from the goals you reach, but also with the pursuit that comes with it.

 

Live aggressively.

Put purpose in your step.

Be happy.

 

- Jonah

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