I have heard many times from many people much smarter than me that “you are who you will become”. That didn’t make much sense to me…until very recently.
That sentence resonated in the back of my mind, but I didn’t allow it to process enough to insert it into my life. Why? Because I enjoy the life I live… The partying, the people, the negative influences were all things that were fun and I had a great time, but I allowed them to become who I am. Making this realization is a tough pill to swallow, knowing that the person I wanted to be is much different.
That phrase up top: “You are who you will become”… It’s the truth. If you, at this moment, are having fun where you are, why will you change it to become the person you “want” to be? If you’re not striving for more at this moment, how do you think that will change tomorrow or next month or next year or when you’re ‘older’? Even in my journey to lose weight, I’ve told myself tomorrow is FOR SURE the day that I kick back in gear about a hundred and fifty times. But I’m having fun where I am, changing my habits are close to impossible.
It’s an obvious thing that my plan is to be a motivational speaker. And if you know me, you know I want to go big and make each presentation one that will live within each person’s mind forever. What this means is that it’s expensive, and by expensive I mean I have set the needed funds to $1,000,000 for the start-up costs and first month of shows. As ridiculous as that sounds, I think that will make for an incredible impact on the experience and life of each student. But I have also told myself that until I was in the spotlight doing that scale of shows, I didn’t really need to live the motivational life.
The truth is I’ve been hiding. Hiding from reality and from chasing the one thing that I have said was my biggest dream. I’ve been living a life that was ‘fun’ rather than productive. Yes, I would love to be able to put on The Parker Experience, in its entirety, with the lights, sound, video and bands! But that is unrealistic for me, at this moment… So it’s time to move forward, live the life of a motivator and become the person I dream about. It’s time to stop hiding behind these high expectations and allow myself to realize that the one thing I want to do is motivate. It’s time to live that life. It’s time to be who I envision myself becoming.
Are you struggling with who you are now compared to who you want to become? Are you looking for that bridge between where you are at and where you want to go? How are you dealing with the bridge?