Your immediate response may be, I am a participant? It’s my life I have to do me! What kind of question is that?
Well, after several interesting conversations I concluded that some folks are spectators in their own lives.
They don’t participate.
They just do just enough to get through the day and meet their responsibilities. Just enough to pay their bills, and keep relationships afloat.
They are spectators.
They watch others from afar. Don’t engage. Don’t want to rock the boat. Is that a bad thing? Well, only if it leaves your gifts and talents unfulfilled. You can run the risk of being critical of others as they “participate” in their lives. Spectators sit on the sidelines and are comfortable. They can become critical of those in motion.
Participants are in constant motion. They are moving forward. Looking to engage, encourage, inspire and fulfill dreams and aspirations. They seek relationships. They enjoy conversation, engagement with others. They are looking to do better, be better and do more. They live life to it’s fullest. They find joy in the simplest things. They crave learning and growing in the knowledge that expands their understanding of others.
Participants take risks. Participants fulfill dreams. Participants show up. Participants inspire. Participants make no excuses.
Don’t sit on the sidelines of your own life. Be an active participant and fulfill the hopes and aspirations that were once birthed in your heart. Pursue the goals you’ve always wanted to accomplish. It’s one step forward. The first step is always the hardest. When you engage in your life you will notice the spectators around you and wonder, why are they sitting on the sidelines?
They are watching you!
Watching you grow and in doing so, you will inspire them to step out of the stands and join the team.
Don’t be a spectator. Participate. Someone is waiting for you to step out of your comfort zone and walk alongside them.
What can you do today that will change the trajectory of your life? Go for a walk, eat better, make a phone call, write a letter? Visit a friend, get a physical? Apply back to school? Apply to a new job? Run the marathon? Take the trip?
When you show up and participate in your life, you inspire others to do the same. Live generously, it changes everything!