Try to imagine this:
You are standing on a conveyor belt or on a big, long luggage carrousel – perhaps like the ones you see in the airport.
While you are standing on this conveyor belt, it takes you through a long, narrow corridor, nice and easy. While you move, you can see the lamps passing over your head, and you can feel the quiet humming of the belt under your feet.
On each side of the conveyor belt, there are doors all along the way. The doors are all closed, and there is a small sign at each door. Different things are written on each sign.
You need to pay attention to the messages on these little signs – good attention.
The conveyor belt is not going very fast. You could easily get off and exit through one of the doors if you wanted – but there is not a lot of time for you to think about it.
After a very brief moment, the door has passed and is gone – forever.
When you look all the way down toward the end of the corridor, you can see a sign that says exit. You can’t really evaluate how far away it is and how fast you are approaching it.
It looks like you have plenty of time, but make no mistake about it. No matter what, you are getting closer to the exit.
What does it say on these signs?
Little by little, you will probably be more curious to see what it says on all those signs you keep passing by.
You start focusing on what’s written and see that each sign has a personal goal, a change you always wanted to make, or a dream you wanted to obtain.
As you’ve probably guessed already, the corridor is your life.
Each and every one of these doors is an opportunity to change, for happiness, for success. All the things you want to be, do, or have are represented by these doors. When you go through one of these doors, there is a new conveyor belt – with new possibilities.
And just like with life, the longer you wait to step through those doors, the greater the chance that they will pass you by and be gone – probably forever.
At some point – and you never know when – almost all the doors will be behind you. Then you can look back and remember all the signs you read and wonder about what was really behind that door.
How would your life have looked, if you had stepped off the conveyor belt to go through one of the doors?
Would there have been another conveyor belt to carry you in an entirely different direction? Toward something amazing? You don’t know, because you didn’t check.
By then, it may be too late – perhaps there’s only one door left – the one at the end of the conveyor belt.
Before we continue, I want to ask you a quick question…
Do you know what it would have said on the signs on all the doors? Do you know what you really want? What you want today – tomorrow – and ten years from now?
If you’re not completely sure what you want, you will never have more than you do now.
But don’t lose hope
If you at least know that you are dissatisfied with what you have now, all hope is not lost. There is a lot of power in dissatisfaction. It’s part of what has brought humanity to where we are now.
The fact that somebody is thinking, “there has to be a different way to do this” or “there must be a better way” is the beginning of change and improvements. Then you just need to know what to do with these thoughts.
A fact you should know
When I talk about “the conveyor belt”, I’m not talking about a hypothetical situation. You don’t have an eternity to do something about the things you want. However, few people like to think about these things so directly.
You can deny it all you want – but it’s a fact.
This article is precisely about letting facts hit you and motivate you to create a better life.
I want you to think about yourself, as you hum down the corridor. Think about the signs hanging at each door.
I want you to look toward the end of the corridor. Think about the fact that you don’t have an eternity to do the things you want in your life. To experience all the things you want to experience.
Face the fact that you may never be the person you want to be – unless you act.
Most people live as though they will be here for the next one thousand years. ”Sure – sure – I have goals in life, but what’s the big hurry”.
There is no hurry if you don’t feel like hurrying. It’s not supposed to be stressful, but rather something that really gives you a push.
Life’s real winners – The ones that light up every room they enter. They attract success in all they do, and they simply love to be alive – and most importantly – they don’t hide from the truth that they have a limited amount of time. The use this truth to drive them forward.
What are you doing today?
I want to ask you to take a few minutes to think about the corridor, the conveyor belt, and the doors on the sides.
Really think about it!
I don’t mean to make you sad. It is to inspire you and motivate you. It is for you to realize the truth and use it as motivation for the rest of your life.
If it scares you a little, that’s just fine. Fear is one of the most powerful motivators we have. But what do you do with it, then? A lot of people have a strong urge to do something different in life, but they don’t really know what to do with this feeling.
If they do nothing, this drive will grow smaller and smaller in time, and it may disappear completely. The door has been passed, and the opportunity is gone.
That doesn’t have to happen with your goals.
You have an opportunity to choose, to do something about it right now. You can continue down the conveyor belt, through your corridor, or you can break out of your routine and start your life at a completely new level.
Regardless what you choose, you will always reach the end of the corridor. I suggest you try to open as many doors as possible along the way, before that day comes.
Have a great trip.