Anything is possible. Anything. As long as you are breathing right now, the possibilities of your future can be anything you want them to be. For many of us, the limitations we see are actually self inflicted. It’s a not as much as what others say about us, but rather what we say about ourselves. It’s time to break free from that limiting mentality and thrive on the fact that as long as we persist and never give up, anything we set out to do is a possibility. Let’s talk more about this process and how it plays out.
First, we must believe that we have more than one shot to make it work. One of the limiting beliefs we put on ourselves is that we only have one shot. That’s far from the truth. If you still don’t believe that, talk to Thomas Edison. He failed thousands of times creating the incandescent light bulb. If he had only one shot at it, it would have been over long before he accomplished it. You will have many opportunities in front of you, as long as you persist until you succeed.
One of the ways to make not get bogged down in the temporary defeats that will come is to lower the expectations of ourselves. Now all of those like me who are high achievers would call that blasphemy, but we’re coming at this from a balanced approach. The expectations we have on ourselves far exceed nearly all others who expect anything out of us. If we can learn to ease up and know it’s a process and that in that process progress is being made, we will have a much easier time persisting until we succeed.
Those of us that are hard on ourselves fail to see what we’re doing right in the process. For those that aren’t hard on themselves, it’s still hard to see what’s going right when things to seem to be going wrong. In the process of achieving our goal, it’s important to recognize the strengths that you have to get you there and then focus on those strengths. If you do things that you’re not gifted in, the process will be nearly endless and you’ll double, triple or even quadruple the time it would take you to accomplish that goal. If you’re having a hard time seeing your strengths, ask someone you look up to to point them out.
Don’t take this for lying. This isn’t about that. But live and act as if you’ve succeeded. By doing this, you are convincing your mind that this is the normal, adaptive life you are to live. Once your mind begins to believe it, it will pull everything around you in order to make it a true reality.
Chapter 1 vs Chapter 20
Though shall not compare. I think that’s the 11th commandment, right? No such thing, but here’s a common sense thought that a lot of us should ponder and reflect on for a bit…Don’t compare your chapter 1 with someone’s chapter 20. Meaning, it’s ok to look for inspiration from the successes of others, but the moment you start to think on why you’re not there yet, you lose hope. You get discouraged. You want to quit and do something else. The comparison game will kill you, so don’t go there. If you want to compare, compare yourself to where you’ve been, where you’re at, and the track you’re on to get to where you want to be.
Persist Until You Succeed
The loneliest and most trying part of your journey will be the moments before you gain success and achieve your goal. It’s life’s final test to see if you are worthy of having what you set out to get. In these moments, little can be said to encourage and help you. It comes down to how much you want it and having the internal fortitude to keep going, to persist until you succeed. In Og Mandino’s famous book, The Greatest Salesman in the World, Scroll 3 gives us insight on the necessity of persistence…
“The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal. Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult. I will persist until I succeed.”
Your journey to achieve what you want in life is a never ending one. That’s not to discourage you, but to encourage you in the fact that you are ever improving, getting more creative, refining the process along the way to make your life’s work a legacy that will live on long past you. It will happen, if you want it to, and if you never give up, if you persist until you succeed.