Matthew McConaughey has been promoting his new online course “Roadtrip – The Highway to More.”
I watched him in a conversation with Marie Forleo. Their conversation has inspired so much deep reflection about my life.
He said something that really touched my heart (minute 39):
“If I cannot do what it is that I want to do, I’m gonna quit doing what I’ve been doing.”
He’s describing his transition from being a leading man in romantic comedies to getting offers to play dramatic roles.
He’s describing what it is to leave something comfortable – fully walk away – not knowing if what he wants will even become available to him.
It struck me how often we are reluctant to let go of a situation because it’s comfortable.
When you’re striking out on a journey for something that you may not get, well…no wonder we waver.
I had a situation where I was doing the ol’ pros and cons comparison for a decision my gut had already made.
Because it’s hard to quit something easy.
Yet we usually know when it’s time to sign up for a challenge.
To ask ourselves what we want deep in our souls.
To quit doing what we’re doing that’s blocking our path to creating what we want next.
Is there something you want to create?
Different work, maybe, or a different kind of relationship with yourself or others?
Maybe the thing you want is just to shake things up, to get a new change of scenery.
Here’s how you can work through quittin’ easy for yourself:
- “What do I want now and why?” Think about a 1-3 year time horizon.
- “What am I doing now that is blocking what I want?”
- “What do I need to quit to get what I want?”
- “How can I prepare in advance for when I get invited back on the easy path? What will tempt me and how will I handle those temptations?”
- “What support can I put in place for this hard road I’m going on by quittin’ easy?”
Most of us want a life full of courage and adventure.
Most of us want to create a legacy of leadership.
What easy things in your life are standing in your way? Decide if you’re willing to quit ‘em.
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