You might have a perception about success that there's one specific plan for you and one right path and that your goal is to stay on the path and adhere to the plan at all costs. Sometimes that plan works. But it's rare. That's because your life is ever-changing. You can't plan for everything.
The secret is that we're all flawed and that achieving greatness requires digging into the miserable details that most often get left undone. You can't make decisions better if you're focused on immediate glory. If you're focused on how things appear.
Your ego with destroy you if you let it. So don’t let it. Stand up for yourself. Fight for your future. Put your bad decisions into perspective by being aware of the people and places and situations that twist your mind into acting badly. Being clueless isn’t an advantage.
You have the choice when you want to get up and the choice to go to work or not, whether you read a book or listen to your favorite entertainment program. The choices aren't just big things like entertainment and exercise, or work, religion, or relationship status. You get to decide the exact shade of red on the shirt that you wear.
It helps others be awesome when they hear you sharing the hard truth of the journey. It helps them to know that what they're going through isn't because life is especially unfair to them or because they are a royal screw up. It's the journey and people get hurt moving down the path.
Think honestly about how you have spent your time over the last few days. Think back to the last week, the last month, and the years beyond that. Why are you doing what you are doing? If you're being honest, you might admit that some of what you do doesn't make sense. Your actions and attitude are not aligned with where you want your life to go.
As you pull back the layers of your activity you realize that what you do isn't an accident. It's the result of a series of habits that have formed almost accidentally over the years. To change those habits, and ultimately realize better results, you have to consciously rework the patterns in your life.
The key to success is shortening that gap. Reducing the cycle time of your misery. Turning those hours and weeks of despair and suffering into milliseconds of self-awareness, purpose, and re-commitment.
And that was the beginning of claiming everything she had ever dreamed of. Ever since her high school made a road trip to visit Harvard, she was obsessed about being a student there. "Why can’t this be mine if I really want it? What makes everyone else in this place so different from me?" she asked herself.
You might feel like you don't have enough money or enough experience, or enough of the right connections or skills — but that's true for everyone. That's the case for every successful person. For every awesome accomplishment. You never have enough. You never feel like you are enough.
But her sorrow was soon to get worse. As she was grieving the loss of her mother, Gabrielle's father decided that he could no longer support the family. He sent the boys to a farm to work and live. The girls were sent to an orphanage. The morning she was sent away was the last time she saw her father. Feeling hopeless, and abandoned -- Gabrielle felt as if she were all out of options.
Take that first step. That's the secret to being the hero. To you being the hero of your own life and to encouraging others to be the hero of their own lives. Effort, fewer excuses, a willingness to learn, the humility to try even when you're not the most qualify — you have everything you need right now to be a hero.
You can't make other people awesome if you're not committed to the same for yourself. The way people learn how to be awesome is by watching you do it first. They see you achieving greatness in spite of the obstacles that are in your way. They notice how you practice kindness to those who don't deserve it. How you work hard and stay optimistic in spite of tough times and impossible obstacles.
Handicaps are mindsets. Whatever it is that stands in the way of achieving something, that's when it's a handicap. I prefer to see them as obstacles or challenges. This is how I've been my whole life. I don't know any different. I just live my life through my feet.
Breakthrough requires more than just knowledge, Concepts, and experience. It demands that you expose yourself entirely. Pull back the layers of your excuses and dive deep into the messiness of your humanness.
The thoughts you are having with yourself are leading to your self destruction.They become things of sabotage rather than a foundation from which to build your dynasty. So watch what you say to yourself. Be deliberate about walking away from negativity inside your own head.
When was the last time you listened to someone giving you advice where you weren't trying to explain yourself or justify yourself or pretend like you have it all figured out. Change that. It's the only way you're going to level up.
"Your dedication should not be confined for your own gain, but unleash your passion for your beloved country as well as for the integrity and humanity of mankind." Smart advice from the richest man in all of Asia. The man they call "Superman". The man who lives to this day with a deadly strain of tuberculosis running through his veins. He outworked death, pain, war, and the endless scourge of other people’s opinions.
Being happy is a choice. You may not have chosen it in the past, but it's an option for you every day of your life. You don't have to be miserable. You don't have to be stuck in a job with a boss that you hate. Misery and being broke are not things that are required of you.
Admitting that you have room for improvement requires a bit of self-awareness and personal persistence that's hard to conjure up unless you are radically focused on getting to where you want to be. Unless every ounce of your being is pointed in the direction of progress.
There are people around you who love you and want the best for you. But they're not willing to fight for your dreams like you are. Like you need to. They are there to support and love you. To encourage you. To help you dream. The real work has to be done by you.
When was the last time you had an honest conversation about your results, your effort, and your attitude? It's easy to look around and blame all of your problems on other people and their bad behavior. To blame bad luck. To pretend like none of the reasons why you are where you are right now have nothing to do with you.
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