Turning your life around is free
You don’t need an online course for this. You don’t need a coach. You don’t need an accountability buddy. You don’t need money.
All you need to change your life is already provided for free.
You have the air
You can breathe. Without this free resource you would’ve suffocated; and a corpse obviously can’t change its life.
You have water
Without water a human being dies within a few days. You say it’s not free? Well, in civilized countries you don’t pay for the water per se. You pay for the convenience. Someone took the effort and built the infrastructure which redirects water from the natural sources straight to your house. Water doesn’t cost or at least doesn’t cost much. An adult needs about 2.5 liters of water a day. That’s over 900 liters a year and less than $300 a year, even if you have drunk just bottled water. 1,000 liters of tap water cost less than a dollar in my house.
You have free will
Pun intended. Without your decision and your conscious effort, not much can happen with your life. No one can force you to quit alcohol or start exercising. You have to make a decision. It’s in your power. You are naturally capable of that. It was given to you at conception with all other gifts.
You have your mind
The human brain is unbelievable. We can send people to the moon. We can create weapons of mass destruction which could obliterate whole cities from the face of earth within seconds. But we cannot construct anything even remotely as complex as the human nervous system. No supercomputer has the capabilities each human child has.
You can think, ponder, and conclude. You can set plans, track executions, draw conclusions and change your course. It’s natural. Even the most impaired people are much brighter than most bright animals, and can employ their brilliant mental abilities to better their lives. You can spend a lot of money on education, but it will only enhance your natural abilities, it can’t instill them in you. They were there from the very beginning.
You have time
You don’t have an eternity, well, not in this world anyway, but you have your fair share. This is the universal equity: everyone has 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 30 days a month, etc. You don’t have to pay to gain more time. Ultimately, you can’t buy time. Yes, by having a fortune you can afford the best quality foods and the greatest doctors and medicines. You can extend your lifespan. Nevertheless, it won’t make a difference if you die tomorrow in a car accident.
Earl Nightingale said that we don’t appreciate what we get for free, but they are the most precious things we can get. Take away just one of the things I enumerated and your life cannot be changed. Without air and water you would be dead. Without will or mind you cannot be conscious about shaping your fate. If you have no time, and you are about to die in the next five minutes, a life transformation becomes problematic.
It’s all at your disposal, generously provided.
But you have even more;
You have the answers
It blows my mind when I think about it. Three years ago, the very first step I took on the path to changing my life was writing down goals for six areas of my life: career, self-development, relationships, spiritual, health and finance. For 16 years I was neglecting any self-analysis, any serious thoughts about the future. I abandoned any hope of creating my life consciously. Then within 20 minutes, I wrote down several goals and ideas for daily disciplines. I came up with 15 disciplines. I didn’t seriously try to implement five of them. I did start the remaining ten. Three years have gone by, and I still practice six of them. My life didn’t just change, it exploded.
The changes I introduced weren’t grand. Each of them took me no more than 10 minutes a day. One took me almost nothing, it was a decision to save $60 from my monthly salary. One transfer a month takes about a minute.
But as a result of those disciplines, I’m a different person. I’m a writer! Not a single one of the above-mentioned disciplines involved writing, not even by a stretch. In my career goals, I wrote something about being proficient with database administration, ha, ha.
I live in my own house. I assure you that $60 a month collected for three years doesn’t even sum up to four monthly installments of the mortgage.
However, the final effect of my disciplines are not as stunning as the fact that their ideas were inside me all the time just waiting for extraction. Get this picture, let it sink. No self-reflection in 16 years. But the 15 ideas which were written down were crucial. Six of them are still valid and contributing to my transformation.
Even those disciplines which I started and abandoned somewhere along the way have helped me.
One of them was home-schooling my son. He had grades well below his abilities. He finished a school year twice with honors and had a solid B+ in his final exam of primary school. He reads twice as fast as at the beginning and has read about 25 books in the process. (Disclaimer: the new school year started and I may come back to this discipline, it all depends on my son’s marks).
Another discipline I abandoned was studying professional documentation. I did that for 10 minutes a day. I passed 3 exams and got a couple of certificates. I quit that around April 2014. Thanks to the new certificates, I recently got a new job which pays about 35% better.
They were the right answers for me at that time. This is over 50% accuracy! Can you believe this? No training, no reflection, nothing, and your every second idea for changing your life is right on the spot.
You are free
You have everything it takes. Just get going and keep going.