Life can be difficult. Add in a desire to be an entrepreneur and you begin to realize why the entrepreneur life is not for everyone. It takes lots of hustle, heart, and passion to make it. That’s why I’m happy to showcase Becky Boricua – Social Media Strategist, Key Influencer in the Latin Music Industry, & Bilingual Content Creator at beckyboricua.com – in today’s episode of Being Your Sassy Self.
Find out how she managed to leave her corporate life behind to work with the likes of Wisin & Yandel here. (Sorry it’s a little fuzzy, the footage got a little damaged, but what she shared was so good not to share.)
As you can tell from Becky’s experience, when passion drives what you do and you believe in yourself, there’s nothing you can’t do. The first step is to allow passion, and not fear, to be your decision maker. Once you do, you begin to understand that letting go of the past and living in the present, is the only way to truly move forward.
How to Let Go of the Past and Live in the Present
Trust me, I know, easier said than done. But what we have to realize is that while our past plays a huge role in how we view the world and ourselves, it doesn’t define us. So regardless of how hard or easy our past may have been, how many heartaches or triumphs we’ve had, none of it defines our success in the here and now. That’s the beauty of truly living in the present. It’s always ready to be something shiny and new, if we allow ourselves to let go and open ourselves up to the new possibilities, and ultimately new opportunities.
The key is mastering the mind. The mind is a very powerful thing. It’s so powerful in fact that it tries to shield us from the root of what’s holding us back from living the life we want. How? By filling our every waking moment with: a past we cannot change; annoying moments with a coworker, family member or friend; worry about the future. You name it and the mind will gladly send us down the rabbit hole if we let it. Unfortunately, a wandering mind is a great place to visit, but not a great place to live.
A focused mind is a winning mind. It’s one that is intentional with every thought and action to create the life you want. Sure, it requires 24/7 awareness, but that’s what keeps you living in the moment, ready and open for all that comes your way.
Living with intention takes work. It takes hustle, heart, and passion to quiet the distractions of the mind and actually take intentional steps toward reaching your dreams.
For me, this practice starts before I even get out of bed. As soon as I open my eyes in the morning, I give myself 5-10 minutes to acknowledge what I am grateful for and what I want to be intentional in accomplishing through out my day. I generally list the top 2-3 things I’m grateful for, followed by the 2-3 things I’d like to intentionally accomplish to reach my goals.
The only thing I’d caution is to make sure that your intentional actions be more than things you need to learn. As a lifelong learner, I’m always seeking out opportunities to learn new things everyday. While that totally helps make me be a more well rounded individual and gives me confidence in myself, it does nothing to move me closer to my goals unless I put what I learn into action. So if creating the life you want requires you to learn a new skill or hone your craft, add it in to your list of things to do, but follow it with how you’ll put what you’ve learned into action. These intentional steps are what make dreams come true. Waiting until you’ve perfectly mastered the ins and outs of something will not.
Then go about your day and check back in with yourself at night. Before you close your eyes, take another 5-10 minutes to acknowledge what you’re grateful for that day and take stock of what you’ve accomplished. Daily check-ins like this not only help keep you on track, but they allow you to celebrate your accomplishments, which in turn give you a sense of pride and confidence in what you’re seeking to achieve. Just be gentle with yourself along the way, especially on days when you aren’t able to accomplish everything on your list. Those days are not failures, only opportunities to learn, grow, and come back stronger. Once you begin to see every experience – good or bad – from this perspective, you begin to fear less and open yourself up to all the good the universe has to offer.
So quit letting your mind run your life. Take it back. Get focused. Break free from those old thoughts and habits. Reprogram your mind toward conscious awareness and living with intent. Then watch the life you want unfold before you.
How will you intentionally focus your mind, hustle, heart, and passion to live the life you want?