The Start-Up to Your Life Begins with Breaking Chains


The start of your new life begins with you. Your life will not change unless you do. To do this is to break the chains in your life. Chains that hold you back like self-doubt, fear, pleasing others before yourself, or finances for example. Recently I have looked back on the journey I have been on and have realized that I have had to break through various chains in order to get where I am now.

From going to a different high school from my peers, to joining the Marine Corps right after graduating, to joining a business mastermind group, I would not be where I am now if I had not made the changes in my life that I made. The start of your best life begins with you breaking the chains that hold you back. Here are three nuggets of advice that have been helpful for me and that will help you to start-up the life you want.

1.  Listen to yourself

I didn’t always think the way I think now. And that began with listening to a question I kept asking myself. While I was getting ready to transition out of the Marine Corps, I had two choices (or so I thought) - school or the workforce. However, I kept asking myself the same question over and over again. “Is this all there is?” That simple question led me to look for answers which led me to read different books and looking for people who thought the same way I did. This opened the door to new possibilities, new challenges, and new people. If you are tired of where you are right now, whether it be your job, financial status, or your relationships, you must listen to yourself.

2.  Do not give into fear

Do not let the new and unknown sway you from your course. Embrace them! Do not be afraid to try new things, to invest in yourself, or even fail at something. Know that there are no failures, only experiences that allow you to learn and grow and allow you to step into yourself and become who you truly are.

3.  Take action

This is the most important step! Once you know there is something more out there, act upon it. Don’t just sit around and watch the life you want pass you by. Actively look for others who are moving in the direction you want to go. Learn a new skill. Do something that scares you. These actions will allow you to learn more about yourself and will help you get pointed in the right direction. If you tried something that you found you didn't like, great! Now you know that for yourself and have an experience that will influence your next decision.

My friends, if you truly want to start-up your life, it has to start with YOU! So go out and break those chains that hold you back and weigh you down!

James Nelson

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