Complaining is easy. Placing blame is easy. Not accepting the consequences of your actions (or, more realistically, inaction) is easy. Being mindful is a much more difficult task. Taking responsibility for, and control of, your own situation puts you in a place of power. And that can be scary. Acknowledging that you, and you alone, have the power to dictate where your life goes, is actually quite terrifying.
Once the realization has set in, though, your mindset can begin to shift. No longer will it seem acceptable to sit back and wait for something good to happen. Great opportunities generally don’t just fall into your lap. Sure, luck shows up sometimes. But luck isn’t consistent. The only thing that can truly produce consistent results in your life, is your action.
You won’t always want to do what you find is necessary to realize your goals. It won’t always be easy, or even enjoyable. But think about the outcome you’re hoping for. Is it worth it to experience some discomfort, to do something you wouldn’t normally dedicate your time to, to create a life you truly desire?
I’m almost positive that if you ask yourself these questions, you’ll try to come up with an excuse before anything else. Something will creep into your mind — you’ll start to tell yourself, “maybe, if I have to work that hard, it really isn’t worth it,” or “if this is really what I want to be doing, shouldn’t I enjoy every part of the process?” This is where mindfulness plays a big role. You can (and must!) certainly acknowledge that these feelings and emotions are happening. But to progress, you must dig deeper. Ask yourself why you’re having these thoughts. Keep asking yourself until you can ask no longer. Until you cannot come up with even one more excuse to push off what you actually want to do.
Dedicate yourself to action; I guarantee you’ll have more “luck” than if you wait around to find out what happens. This is essentially just observation — watching your life play out as if it were a movie. Don’t you want to be an active participant in your own life?
Action does not, of course, promise immediate success, but it certainly puts the odds in your favor. Whether you fail miserably, or succeed greatly, you’ll at least have something to take from it. When you create your own path, at the very least, you’ll learn whether it’s one you want to continue down.