Tuesday, August 23, 2011

What Are You Waiting For?


Is there something, some goal that you are just waiting for? Do you expect this gift to fall into your lap with little to no work on your part? Tough chance at that, just look at your results so far.

I find myself getting discouraged when I fall behind in achieving my goals. Yes, every one of us has our setbacks, obstacles, but it is what you do about them that decides your speed of achievement.

Is this sounding random to you? Please think of your lofty goals and look at how far you have come in the past year to achieving them. Little to no progress would point to lack of effort on your part. As annoying as it can be to hear, we are each 100% responsible for our own lives. It can actually be freeing to start taking responsibility for every part of your life, the good and the bad.

Once you start taking responsibility for your life, your goals will get closer because you have stopped using useless excuses. Do any of these sound familiar?
  • I am too old
  • I am too poor
  • I am too young
  • It's too late
  • I am not ready
  • I am not good enough
  • I am too fat
  • I have no will power
  • Things never work out for me
Not only are these just lame excuses, but they are exactly the kind of negative self talk that keeps you standing in stagnant water. Change those opinions (not facts), turn them on their ear, and you will start noticing the difference. You will feel more lively and free, no longer trapped by your own limiting beliefs. Sometimes the most unlikely people can do the most amazing things, just study up on history and celebrities. Most of them got to where they are by defeating crushing odds and turning a deaf ear to naysayers (including themselves).

Thomas Edison tried and "failed" to invent the lightbulb 10,000 times and he said this of his trials:

"If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward... I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that won't work"

If you have a dream that you are passionate about, why are you not living it yet? What is holding you back? Don't fear analyzing your life and the results you may get. Some of the best feedback that you can receive is the "negative" kind. Don't look at things like that as failures, they are merely feedback for you to analyze and learn from.

Well worth the effort
A steep climb
Yes, the trip to greatness is a steep climb, but the view is that much sweeter when you work for it. Challenge is the spice of life, don't balk at it, accept it with competitive vigor. Remember, you are awesome, capable of everything and anything you have ever dared to dream of.

{Side note: I am not perfect. Some of my best advice comes from my own downfalls and lessons. If anyone needs this post the most, it is me.}

A good song for this post is Pink's F--in' Perfect.

"Change the voices, in your head. Make them like you instead."

1 comment:

LBDDiaries said...

I liked this one a lot. I do need to look in the mirror and give myself this speech - I have a lot of things I want - need - to do and the only reason I don't is ME. Thanks!!