Stop building a case against yourself
All of what we are … both good and bad … is a result of what we think and believe. What we have become and achieved today is an outcome of the price we have paid for what previously stirred our desires … with that said … how do you see your future?
Building a case against yourself presents more reasons why you can’t do what you want to do, when all you really need is one reason why you can. I have coached many leaders whose career phase was close to retirement and I can honestly tell you from living vicariously through their experiences and regrets … it is a greater deal for you to start pursuing your dreams now rather than spend the rest of your life wishing you had. Living with this kind of regret often triggers depression and other similarly manifested emotional complications which I would need to cover in a separate post.
Do you realize that your chief competition is you? The truth is, many of the important battles we face are generally waged within ourselves, (i.e. our self-talk), and the first key to winning this battle is learning how to fight fairly with ourselves. We need to stop inflicting self-destruction by our own negative, critical or hurtful internal dialogs that drag us down and keep us stuck with the status quo.
The most disappointed and unhappy people I have met are those who set average goals and only get what is due to them and no more. Mediocre thinking people generally don’t see themselves as being mediocre. One who is afraid of doing too much tends to do too little. If you want to stand out, don’t bother with small plans … because they motivate no one. Nothing significant was ever accomplished by a traditional thinking person. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered you will never grow.
To design your future, you need to learn how to be comfortable with great dreams. When facing a difficult task, act as though it is impossible to fail. Never give up on what you know you really should do. Your persistence alone is proof that you have not yet been defeated. Only you can lose your dream by your lack of will. There are a lot of ways to become a failure, but never taking a chance is the most successful way to fail. Sometimes we think achieving our dreams is impossible however, it’s difficult to say what is truly impossible, for what we take for granted today was impossible yesterday.
Remember overnight success takes about 10 years … so … get started!
Be bold … be courageous … pursue your dreams … because years from now when you look back on your life you will regret the things you did not do more than the things you did.
To your continued success!
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