Monday, June 6, 2011

Your Wake-Up Call

A while ago, I wrote a post about how you might need a kick in the ass from time-to-time.  Actually, it was on February 18—107 days ago.  In those 3 ½ months, a lot has happened in the world, including about a half-dozen revolutions in the Middle East, a devastating earthquake/tsunami off the coast of Japan, and more tornadoes than I can remember tearing up the Midwest.  Shit, one even hit the airport here in town, though thankfully no one was killed.

But the more important question is this: what’s happened in your life?  Have you been making any changes?  Trying to better yourself or planning for future moves you want to make?  Or are you simply going into work, punching the clock, and zoning out when you get home, as usual?  I know some of you are generally happy with where your career and life are right now, which is great, but as the wise old saying goes, “nobody’s perfect.”  There has to be a skill or hobby you want to work on to better yourself.

I could keep harping on the obvious.  Life is short, you need to take action, blah, blah, blah.  At some point, though, it’s out of my hands and fully into your own.  And one of the most important things to realize is that your situation isn’t going to improve or change unless you do something about it.

If you dislike your job, get your resume in order and apply for a different one instead of coming home and complaining to your girlfriend, husband, or whomever else (dog?  Yeah, sometimes I complain to the dog, alright?  What’s wrong with that?  Does that make me crazy?  It does?  Oh, well then—never mind).  If you want to get to know more people out there, go get a new hobby or join a group that shares one of your interests.

Those three-and-a-half months have flown by.  Every day ends more quickly than the previous one, probably because I’m working on projects that I actually want to complete, and when I get sidetracked from those (yes, it happens), I feel like I’m cheating myself somehow.  Instead of feeling sorry for myself when I opt to watch a movie on Netflix, though, I get up the next morning and try to work that much harder. 

So, I ask you—are you any closer to where you truly want to be in life?  Or are you stuck in the same rut you were when I issued my first kick in the ass?  If you’re making progress, I’m glad to hear it and keep up the good work.  But if you’re mired in the same-old, same-old, then consider this your wake-up call.  Start making changes TODAY.  You’ll never get those 3 ½ months back—try to make the next 3 ½ months that much better.

Has anyone made big strides in the past 3 ½ months?  Let me know in the comments.

D.J. Gelner is a writer, entrepreneur, and recovering attorney in St. Louis, Missouri. You can e-mail him at Follow him on twitter @djgelner. Friend him on facebook here.

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