Stomping the Someday Syndrome

By Sean Ogle •  Updated: 09/22/10 •  4 min read

Everyone has something they that say they are going to do sometime during their life. I’ve got about a 100 of them on my bucket list.

I’ve learned over the past few years, that for all of those “somedays” unless you make a conscious decision to work towards those goals, the vast majority of them will never be experienced.

Think about the last ten years of your life.  How many times have you said out loud or thought to your self “Someday I’ll do that” or “I’ll do that when I have more time and/or money”.  Now, for all the times you’ve said that, how many of those items have you actually made any type of progress towards achieving?  I’m going to guess probably not very many.

This is what I like to call “The Someday Syndrome”.

It may not be a clinically proven disease, but it might as well be.

Life has a funny way of realigning your priorities for you, and many times it does so without your permission.  It could be as simple as your car breaking down and you unexpectedly have to pay for it.  Maybe you get married or decide to have children.  Perhaps you buy a house, and feel less compelled to do all the things you once were so excited about.

These priority realignments happen without us even realizing it, and until you consciously realize what’s happening, they will most likely get the best of you.

Last year I saw this happening in my own world.  I had a comfortable life.  I had a well paying job that offered a bit of prestige, I had the car I’d always wanted, but essentially I saw my life heading in a direction that scared the hell out of me.

It was a life of comfort yet boredom.

When I look back on my life and I’m telling stories about the things I’ve done and the places I’ve been, I don’t get excited talking about how I spent 50 hours sitting at a desk the week before – and no one gets excited listening to that either.  Sure the fancy car was fun, but the amount of money it costs to maintain that fun wasn’t worth it. I could go to Malibu Grand Prix for way cheaper!

I recognized that if I didn’t do something about my life’s direction, it was only going to get harder to do in the future.  Between raises, relationship progressions, and a higher standard of living, the longer I waited to follow the path I was truly meant to follow, the less likely it would be I ever ventured in that direction.

This post is your wake up call.  Don’t be a victim to the someday syndrome.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you have to do everything right now.  But you should at least be beginning to formulate an idea of how you are going to get there.  If you want to travel, where are you going to go and how will you fund it?  Will your current job ever let that dream be a reality? If you want to start your own business, what steps can you take to do it now?

Today is a pretty big day for me.  As I’ve continued to make progress on my life, I realized that I’ve learned so much along the way that i really  believed I could make a difference in other people’s lives as well.

This led me to create the Overcoming the Fear of Uncertainty program which launches TODAY, Wednesday the 22nd, at 8am PST.

overcoming fear

The goal of the program is to help people stop making excuses for why they can’t live the best life possible and promote actionable change.  By overcoming uncertainty, you open up a world of possibilities for the future and give yourself the ability to live a life beyond mediocre.

On Thursday morning I will give away one copy to a randomly selected member of the Facebook Fan Page and one randomly selected subscriber to the Location 180 newsletter.  Seriously, its not that hard, so you should check both those out for two chances to win!

This is by far the most in-depth and honest project I’ve ever put together and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.  I really hope that you’ll at least take a look at it and ask yourself  one very important question:

“Is uncertainty keeping you from living the life you were mean’t to live?”

Check Out Overcoming the Fear of Uncertainty

A special thank you to everyone who has helped out with the project, believed in me while I dealt with my uncertainties, and helped to make this year even better than I’d anticipated.

Sean Ogle

Sean Ogle is the Founder of Location Rebel where he has spent the last 12+ years teaching people how to build online businesses that give them the freedom to do more of the things they like to do in life. When he's not in the coffee shops of Portland, or the beaches of Bali, he's probably sneaking into some other high-class establishment where he most certainly doesn't belong.
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