I often feel torn between seeking for comfort, and yet seeking dreams that can only possibly happen by forcing myself to get really uncomfortable. I think this is the problem for a lot of people though. Our sense of now- today- wants what is comfortable and easy, but our hope for the future is the desire for something that can only be created by the act of getting uncomfortable. Surely your dreams don’t involve you staying as comfortable as you are today. What kind of dreams are those? We are constantly growing, and our bodies transcending through the medium of time. The best way for our heart, soul, and mind to transcend too, is welcoming the new, the different- the uncomfortable.
That’s where my solution comes in. For the longest time, I often felt led and burdened by the mindset to “give it all, or nothing”. And then, my husband and I started trying to save money. Like, truly. And, through the uncomfortable process, I realized my mindset entirely shift and influence my approach to things beyond money. It’s no longer “its all or nothing”, but “everything counts”. That $5 coffee counts. That $20-steal pair of designer jeans counts. Not only has this helped save money, but it’s challenged me to really think about what I truly want, truly need, and truly value. What do I value? Living on purpose. Overcoming. Relationships over things. Adventures over comfort.
And, what an empowering mindset.
If we can think like “everything counts”, then we can take the small steps, the day to day little things, and over time, our little habits and choices will turn into big things, big changes, big growth.
If the way we spend our days turn into the way we spend our life, then let’s evaluate. Do we just do whatever, do what we are told to do, do what puts food on the table, do what feels good in the moment, or just do nothing at all? Or, are we intentional with our time, to live our day with a purpose in mind to serve the beloved people around us, to make ethical choices at work, to say “no” to our desire to lay around on the couch after a long day, and rather, take our dog for a run? Do we make healthful choices that will make us feel more alive, or do we seek what pleases our tastebuds in the moment? Do we just pick up our dreams and do something? Even the smallest thing? Or do we stare at it in fear of failure? Who cares if it fails, if it seemed like you wasted time. You tried, and you learned. It counted. It changed you. Everyone starts small. This life is once. We are made to walk on it. Not for it to walk on us. Let’s make daily choices that make us feel powerful- you know, choosing the thing that’s a little bit hard for the flesh, but good for spirit! Small acts of self-discipline, even if you can’t be perfect, will turn into habits. And, those habits, will empower you. Just keep in mind: “everything counts”. And, you won’t give up.