Ever been told you can’t? Rewind back to 10 years of age and the teacher asks you what you want to be when you grow up. I remember it well.
Some kids said they wanted to be a train driver, some a nurse, some a doctor, some a police officer, but this was when you SPOKE in front of everyone..
When you had to do homework on it, submit it privately to the teacher when NOBODY saw it, it turns out the dreams got a whole lot bigger. In front of class, i wanted to somehow be a vet, even though i wasn’t amazing picking up animals but it “sounded passable” in front of others just “fit in”.
In my private essay, i wanted to be an astronaut! Way more adventurous but that’s what it was. I’m betting many of the other kids give their TRUE thoughts on paper when nobody was looking too!
I may not have been a spaceman but you get the picture. As we get older, the constraints on our thoughts become even greater. The greater ambition we show, the more our friends laugh, and even some teachers discourage us, and try to get us to do things “normal” or within “our ability levels” often to fit in.
I strongly encourage you to stick to that piece of paper when nobody is looking, nobody is going to see it and put you off. That piece of paper may look different 20 years later but keep writing it, refining it until you get where you really want. In fact, write a new one right now if you haven’t before, with your life’s ambitions pouring out of you.
You have to be realistic, you have find the way to get there and there is ALWAYS a path, because someone has always done it before. One thing though, your journey will always be DIFFERENT to theirs, because you are an individual completely different to anyone else.
Don’t make the mistake of trying to be like anyone else, your true success lies in who you are, what individuals qualities you bring to the job/hobby/sport you choose.
We spend each and every day persuading individuals they can indeed reach their dreams, they can do great things but most of all do the things that they wrote on that “magic piece of paper”. I urge you never to give up on it.
When someone asks your opinion on whether to take on a new challenge, and i’m betting you are a well meaning individual, who only wants the best for people, your opinion is usually i would bet “to go for for it”, “to make yourself happy”, “to go and make a better future”.
Our kids are in a school Christmas play today, we wish them all the best, to enjoy the occasion and to savour the day. If they want to try new activities, we fully support them and want them to have a great experience out of it.
When it comes to ourselves, most of us short-change ourselves on our decisions because we often think “we aren’t good enough or our time has somehow passed to do it”. When opportunities come up, quite often we debate them heavily and not often back ourselves, the odds are against us we think and it would be “safer” to stay as we are.
There has never been a more dangerous time to stay the same. We all must grow to improve, we must embrace change fully or life never improves for us, however uncomfortable that change may be.
To make the most of opportunities, we must start to take them without questioning them so much, we must learn to have trust in what we are doing more, we must learn to trust the process more, we must learn to have patience that although the process is often longer than we hoped for, we WILL get there no matter whatever your goals in life, and all of this change is for the better creating an even better future.
Visualisation is the first key to a successful future.
The best way to predict the future is to see it and then create it by doing it.
The hurdles and challenges we face are sometimes very tough, but being able to see what is ahead unleashes your ability to persevere and come out on top.
All of the success stories we have had have involved a lot of courage, a lot of bouncing back when all seemed lost, and usually meant carrying on even when it was easier to quit.
The best success stories involved the word RESILIENCE. The word resilience comes from a latin word “resilire”. It means “back” and “leap”. When we are resilient, we LEAP BACK up after getting knocked down.
If we are unable to rebound from setbacks and disappointments, we will never be able to reach our true potential.
We can do one of two things when adversity crosses our path.
We can view our life as if we are in pit, as if the rug has been pulled underneath us, and we’re in this deep hole we can’t get out of.
Or we can maintain our clear vision of what our life is about, how we want our bodies and minds to be again, and harness that adversity to take us to higher ground again.
If we have a strong and clear enough picture of what we want to become, if we feel it in our hearts and with reason in our minds, we can and will overcome anything.
If we view life as constantly looking forward, it means our greatest work and contribution is always ahead of us.