Take a Step Backward to Take a Step Forward for Life

Writer | Entrepreneur | Business & Personal Development

August 24th, 2017.

That was the first day I wrote on Medium. It was 136 days before my 30th birthday and the day I started my daily writing challenge.

I was still in Costa Rica then.

I remember it being late in the evening and as I was in bed leaning back on my pillow there was a nagging in the back of my head reminding me I said I would start writing. All I wanted to do was sleep but after 15 minutes of fighting it I had opened up my laptop and wrote my first post.

I figured what better way to start than when it’s the hardest.

Today I scrolled back in my feed and found that post. I was expecting it to be cringeworthy but surprisingly it’s not and it’s actually interesting reading my perspective from back then.

Only a little over 9 months have passed, but I’ve grown a lot.

The week following that first post, I had written just a few more before I quit writing for 4 months.

Although I don’t recall exactly why I stopped, it’s clear I lost focus. Likely I was distracted because in part I was already living my dream.

It was only when we arrived back to the US on December 12th and were jolted by the cold winter air, that I knew I had to do whatever I had to do to make my dream a permanent reality.

Last week, I heard a Gary Vee video that I must have replayed 10X.

The main message was:

“Take a step backward to take a step forward for the rest of your life.”

Since I’ve returned to the States, I have not repurchased a car, I am not in my most ideal living situation, I do not hang out with my friends, and I rarely go out.

I take care of my kids, write 2 hours a day, podcast for an hour a day, do my other work and then I repeat it every single day.

I’m not bothered that I wake up at odd hours of the morning to work around my kids schedules. I’m okay with missing out on my 5 hour Netflix binges and all night conversations with my girlfriends.

If you know my life before, even from what it was last year in Costa Rica, you will know I have taken a huge voluntary step backward in anticipation that I will keep my head down, work hard and ultimately take a step forward for the rest of my life.

It would be easy for me to get a full-time accounting job with a decent paycheck, a nice apartment, new car, and other little luxuries but all of that would be short-term and I would quickly tire of it.

What I want requires me to take this step backward in order to step into the life that I want.

What separates most of us from our dreams is not as much as we think.

Yesterday, I was scrolling through a few Instagram stories and I came across one that caught my eye.

 

If you had told me 5 years ago that all that separated me from the life I wanted was two years of showing up, it may have brought things into perspective.

It’s all a numbers game.

All that needs to happen for me to create the life I want is to put in the work every day.

In the end, these short-term sacrifices will be insignificant to the long-term gains.

 

Thanks for reading ❤

~Aleesha

Day 149

 

 

 

 

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