People know your name but not your story. They’ve heard what you’ve done, but not what you’ve been through. So take their opinion of you with a grain of salt. In the end it’s not what others think, it’s what you think about yourself that counts. Sometimes you have to do exactly what is best for you and your life, not what is best for everyone else. (Unknown)
One valuable lesson in life is understanding that people won’t always support you even though you support them. They won’t always respect your feelings even though you respect theirs. Sometimes the people you do the most for are the ones less likely to lend a helping when you are the one in need. Sometimes you have to be your own best friend and your biggest cheerleader because it’s not about them. It’s about you!
It is important to keep a positive mind but simply being positive is not enough for you to achieve success. You have some people who pray in the morning, at noon, and and at night. They have a lot of things they want to achieve but the problem is, they take no action to allow their prayers to manifest. As Pablo Picasso says, “Action is the foundational key to all success.” Whatever you want in life you must take action. Hold on to that key and don’t let go. Put in the work and God will do the rest.
From today onward tell yourself, I will act now, I will be persistent. I will push forward even when it gets hard. I am a possibility. In me lies the power for greatness. I will achieve success because I am determined, I am hungry for it. I will keep pushing, and I won’t give up.
It takes determination to see your dream come through. It takes believing in yourself when others don’t. It takes telling yourself I can when others tell you, you can’t. It takes getting back up when you fall and learning from your mistakes. It takes pushing forward when you feel like giving up. Remember if success was easy everyone would be successful. So keep working at it until your dream becomes your reality.
Life might not have dealt you the right cards, but that doesn’t mean you should give up. You may think your situation is bad but there is always someone else worse off than you.
I once heard a story of a man who was ready to give up on life. Things were hard, he couldn’t get a job. He had no money. He couldn’t even afford food. He felt as if he had come to the end of road. He was tired of struggling so he got a rope and climb into a tree. He had a ripe banana and he peeled it and threw the skin to the ground. While he sat there up in the tree eating his banana another man came along picked up the banana skin off the ground and ate it. The man climbed down from the tree because he realized that although his situation was bad there was someone worse off than him.
Success will take time. It seldom happens overnight. You can liken it to the growth a child. A baby isn’t born walking, they go through stages. First the child learn to sit up, then he learns to creep, after which he learns to stand, and then he takes that first step. A child does not take that first step thinking I might fall. No, he does it with eagerness. He is filled with excitement and happiness when he takes that step. And if he falls, he doesn’t stay on the floor and indulge in self pity. No, he gets back up and with the same eagerness, tries to take another step.
Be eager to succeed. Let that eagerness propel you forward. And if you fall, get back up and with that same eagerness, try again. Life is not about giving up, but rather it is about taking those baby step until you master your goal. Life is full of people who started out with bright ideas. However, some encountered set backs and gave up. The ones who achieved success were the ones who took everything that came at them, but stood resolute, refusing to give up. Be one of those people.