Are You Ready to Launch? Living with Intention, Momentum & Volition

Launch yourself by Thoreau
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"You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment." This rousing quote by Henry David Thoreau is a clarion call to action and possesses the profound understanding that all we have is now. The past lives only through the power of memory, and the future has its only reality as imagined in our hopes and fears.

All we have is now, and it is within the flow of the present that we find ourselves and must live life. I love Thoreau's summons to launch ourselves on every wave. To launch ourselves we must have initiative, take action, do something. It suggests not only motion, but momentum. It contains volition, that is choice, and utilizing one's will. Importantly, we must be awake and aware in order to really choose, and to act. This is very different than coasting, reacting, or merely drifting. It is not going with the flow, it is instead, setting a course and being under power so we can go against the tide or current trends when necessary.

These are some of the qualities needed in order to succeed as an entrepreneur. Just as importantly, I believe they are essential qualities for living life to the fullest. For much of my life I followed a career path that was fairly traditional. Meaning I held positions with responsibility and did well, but always within the narrow confines and predetermined expectations of the job. It wasn't until later in life that I allowed myself to follow my dreams and nurture my creative vision much more fully. To become my own boss and have my own businesses.

Mike Dooley makes the distinction between doing what one believes is expected and what one truly desires. I think that gets at the difference between cruising and launching. He puts it in terms of re-framing our questions. Instead of asking, "What should I do?" we pose this question to ourselves, "What do I want to do?"

We have devastatingly high unemployment rates, and staggering numbers of people under-employed who are, or could be, considering home-based businesses; as well as those semi-retired who are giving themselves permission to become an entrepreneur. I embrace and advocate Dooley's question, "What do you want to do?"

If you are to live fully, it needs to be with self-awareness and self-determination. It needs to be with intention, momentum and volition. Growth and seeking to live more fully, to expand and to become more, does not happen within our comfort zone. It can only happen when we stretch, reach for that which is further, that which lies beyond our launching point. It is found upon the next wave and the next. This is when you truly can embrace, savor and glean meaning from your memories, envision and bring about your best and brightest future, and "find your eternity in each moment."

A classic which holds the key to an enlivening mindset. A must read if you are ready to embrace all you can be!

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