Change the script in the story of your life today to make a fresh start

Write your scrip
The project you are most resisting carries your greatest growth. (Robin Sharma)

“Well you know what they say—life is a journey and not a destination,” Hannah, my cousin said as we eat ice cream one hot afternoon. “And as we take the journey, we are writing the story of our lives along the way—so what story are you writing?”

For many days the question lingered on my mind, then suddenly with a ray of hope, I realized that as you write the story of your life, it is possible to change the script anytime. Anytime. Very powerful. And this is one of the most amazing things of life.

Take a moment to access your life right now. Isn’t it the result of your past actions (the script you have been writing)? To give an example, if you are currently working in your dream job, chances are that you took the trouble and time to submit job applications months or years back. Assuming that the opposite is happening to you right now, and you are working in a job that you find unsatisfactory. Don’t you think that if you take the trouble and time to start looking for another job—or even to venture into a business line of your dreams (change the script)—your life situation will improve in the near future?

As you go through the journey of life writing your story, it is a normal occurrence to want to change the script, especially when things do not turn out as planned. For this to happen, you will need to make decisions. Some will be simple to make, while others will be tough. Why? Because sometimes growth and change is painful, but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.

The New Year this is probably one of the best moments to make a decision to change the script in your story—although it can be done any other time of the year! As you do so, bear in mind a famous quote that says, “When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen”.

If you are currently looking at your life and feeling stuck between the person you are—and the person you want to become—the following three steps could be a good starting point for you to change the script in the story of your life.

  • Just do it. You know what you need to do in order to improve your life. It could be to enroll for a degree course, get a passport or driving license, clear a loan, change your job to increase your income, go to the gym, change your wardrobe, start eating healthy, start a new hobby, re-sit the course that prevented you from graduating two years ago—you name it. Stop procrastinating. Make a-to-do list with timelines, and start implementing the actions today.
  • Live within your means. Nothing takes the life out of your life like having expenses that surpass your income. This not only makes you miserable, but is bad for your health and can lead to stress and depression. Solution, make a weekly or monthly budget today, and stick to it.
  • Save and invest. If you are a seasoned saver, you may want to increase the amount this year. If this is a new thing to you, start by saving as little as 5 percent of your income each month, then increase the amount gradually over time—but start somewhere today. When you have enough savings to invest, the easiest and best bet is the money market. Talk to a finance adviser today and start investing for your retirement.

Happy New Year!