You Need To Escape The Apathy Trap Now – Here’s How
The following is a guest post from Blake Powell and it’s very in your face, so beware!
You have a dream inside of you, a passion that won’t let go no matter how hard you try to force it away.
But you can’t move past your doubts no matter how hard you try. Things are too hard, you think, and your dream is too far out of reach once you consider the steps you’d need to take to even get there—so why even bother?
So you stall, you procrastinate, you blame others and society around you for making you the way you are today, damn bastards they are.
If you’re frustrated with your life or simply need a change, I’m with you. If your mind is filled with thoughts of “I wish I could be better,” I understand.
And if you’re convinced your dreams are too far out of reach and you’re suddenly suffering from a case of imposter syndrome, I feel you.
Little do you know, however, that you’re lying to yourself as you tell yourself that it’s okay, that your dreams are too out of reach, and that you’re just not good enough.
I’m sorry, but that’s bullshit—because behind all that faked apathy you’re putting up against the world, you know it doesn’t have to be this way.
Things could be different if you only took steps towards your dreams, no matter how small they may seem to you now.
Shed The Indifference, Please, And Do It Now
The truth is you don’t need to be some idealized, “better” version of yourself to start making a difference in the world.
As Zig Ziglar says, “you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” And it’s possible to be great today, believe it or not.
But before you can be great, you have to shed your self-limiting beliefs –and this starts with realizing that although you “wish” things could be different somehow, nothing will change until you start actually taking steps to make things different.
Part of the solution to your apathy lies with being positive—and not the happy-go-lucky stereotypical kind, but actual real belief in yourself above all others.
You need to believe you can do this if you only tried, and convince yourself you could make a difference if you actually took steps to conquer your fears instead of hiding in the back room and waiting until it’s all over (and then complaining later about how the world is “unfair”).
For god sakes, people, we live in a society where we can connect with people across the globe in nothing but our underwear, and you’re telling me you can’t do the thing you want to do? That you can only dare to dream but can’t live the dream itself?
Because despite your misfortunes, people have always had it worse than you have it right now (and I don’t mean this to be disrespectful in any way, but to snap you out of it).
Stop blaming the world for your problems. They’re your problems, and your problems alone—and frankly, no one cares about you in the end and your ordeals.
No, they only care about the value you can give them, so you better focus on what you can do better than anyone else, and stop ruminating about what you suck at doing instead.
You’re Just A Small, Tiny Blip On the Radar
Imagine others looking at you with a giant telescope from space, and realize what you look like from their perspective.
Hell, from space even a city is just a tiny blip, and then there’s you really struggling to be seen as an even smaller shitty little dot.
I hate to say it, but that tiny blip is your dreams, and it’s getting smaller every day. It’s shrinking in size all the time you complain about not doing it, and it’s becoming more minuscule by the fucking minute.
Until one day you grow old and realize how much you missed growing up, again, and how you let your dreams die with you. How could you?
You could’ve accomplished so much, but there you are, sitting there filled with regret and there isn’t shit you can do about it.
I only hope this doesn’t happen to you on your deathbed, and that it happens to you while you still have a chance to change it all, and make things right (and the time is now, dammit).
Stop wishing for things to be different, and stop viewing your dreams with two degrees of separation.
Stop giving in to the belief that you’re not able to do great things, and that you can’t do anything to further your life goals because they’re just too far away, too distant for you to conquer.
Because however minuscule they may seem to you now, they’re possible to reach if you only took a step forward, and believed in yourself.
Just don’t forget to do the work.
Take The Leap Now
There’s a reason they call it a leap of faith, because we can never know what’s really around the corner, and can only pray that it’s beneficial to our goals.
So take the leap—you never know what you’ll find, but it’ll be a hell of a lot better than if you just stood here and cried about it all, achieving nothing in the process.
And any progress towards your goal is beneficial to you in the end, despite how it might cloak itself in a “failure”.
Inspiration is fleeting and willpower diminishes, but dreams never die—and the only way to make them a reality is to fight for them, and never stop persisting.
Screw the uncertainty, and screw the clouds of self-doubt raining over you even right now, because they’re here to stay and never going to leave.
In fact, they’re part of the fun.
And however easy it is for us to say “maybe tomorrow,” those excuses end today, because they’re holding you back from taking the leap on your dreams.
Believe me, you’ll be much better off without them.
Never Stop Daring to Dream
You have a burning desire inside of you to be better, and to be “good enough” to share your dreams with the world.
But most of all, you only wish someone would tell you that you can do this, and you’re hoping that you’ll be strong enough to follow your dreams in the end and improve upon the world in some way.
Well, here’s your permission slip to do so, not that you ever really needed it—and with it comes your courage and your self-belief, all rolled up into a little, tiny paragraph.
But before you go, listen to this: there’s no waiting in life for your passion, but only patience. And if you master that and never give in to your doubts, you might find something worth fighting for, and a goal worth taking the leap on.
Because daring to stand for your dream is better than staring at the blank wall, waiting and hoping for inspiration to come.
In the end you have two choices: you can choose to free yourself from the chains of apathy by daring to dream a little, or you can stand back and wait in the back for this all to blow over. What will you decide?
Just make it snappy, and don’t wait too long to make your choice. Please don’t wait around for inspiration to come and help you out either, because most of the time it won’t.
It’s a bitch like that.
Blake helps writers strip away their excuses and pursue work they’ve only dreamed about. Click here to download a copy of The Bulletproof Writer’s Handbook and take your writing to the next level.