We live in a world with infinite possibility; infinite room for growth; infinite choice.
Yet society at large is depressed.
“Being happy requires that you define your life in your own terms and then throw your whole heart into living your life to the fullest.” – Brian Tracy
Because real happiness comes from choosing your purpose and committing to it.
Brian Tracy says it even better (bolded by me for greater emphasis):
The key to happiness is this: Dedicate yourself to the development of your natural talents and abilities by doing what you love to do, and doing it better and better in the service of a cause that is greater than yourself. This is a big statement and a big commitment. Being happy requires that you define your life in your own terms and then throw your whole heart into living your life to the fullest. In a way, happiness requires that you be perfectly selfish in order to develop yourself to a point where you can be unselfish for the rest of your life.
Now let’s assume you already accept that you can be whatever you want to be (with enough time), and that you will be successful at any pursuit you undertake (with enough effort), and you have the freedom to choose both, then what is there to be depressed about?
Simple: most people can commit to just about anything (working for less than they’re worth, or accepting an abusive relationship, or allowing someone else to dictate their life plan), but are paralyzed by their freedom to choose.
Few people can say they chose the path that they are on; that they chose their purpose ON purpose. Most simply wander until they find something agreeable – or worse – suffer for their entire lives, never finding something even remotely worthwhile.
Why? What’s the hangup?
Choice is scary; when you choose a specific course of action you automatically 1) take responsibility, and 2) deny all other courses of action (presumably).
It’s a shame that most people are so good at the commitment part, but lack the courage to make a choice.
So stop wandering and start choosing; begin by making the choice to live on purpose.