Sometimes it takes a tragedy or an unpleasant event to happen to make us realise what truly counts in the end. There are many people who will do whatever they can to stay alive and increase their lifespan not realising that focusing their energy too much on that takes away the opportunities to make wonderful memories at that same time. It is not an either or matter. But we need to remind ourselves that our lives are defined by the memories we make, not how long we live. The irony of wanting to live long so as to experience more is just too clear here. So always remind ourselves to be grateful for what we already have, do our best to allow our body and mind to experience a great life by taking care of them and be in the moment.
We have always been taught of a certain way to do things. That to change the way things have been is a waste of time and perhaps even discouraged in some instances. To keep things as they are is a way for some people to keep their jobs and even power. Doing so however impedes progress of the people and the world at large. Innovations are always being done somewhere in the world to improve our lives and that should not be feared. It should instead be embraced. New ways of doing things or norms will emerge due to the innovation or some would say disruption. That in fact is the hallmark of being human. That we are built to adapt and that we can do so very effectively. So be bold and always ask the question – “is there a better way to do this?”
If you feel like doing something awesome that will have a great impact on yourself, people around you or even the world, go ahead and do it. Do not wait around for permission from other people. Firstly, you do not have to. Secondly, they might not see or understand what your vision is so they might just put doubt in your head about it. People who have done great things simply just do it. At first, they might face a lot of obstacles and challenges, perhaps from even their closest ones however, if they keep the faith and persevere, the sky is the limit. So stop waiting around for someone to tell you that you may now go work on your dream, you just do it.
It is easy to get distracted and lose your way as you go along your path to your dreams and goals. Nevertheless that should not stop you from doing everything you can to keep your focus and never lose sight of your path. Many people focus their eyes on the prize not realising that while that is important, the path should be given equal attention to, if not more. The journey is what will result in the outcome. Therefore you need to stay clear of distractions that take your eyes and mind off it. Every success has a blueprint that you should abide by. It is not set in stone but more often than not, if you follow it to the letter, you should get to wherever you have set out for.
The world is full of people with great ideas and imagination. Just speak about it to most people and you can probably hear something awesome. Unfortunately, very few of those big ideas will ever see the light of day. Most will not even be attempted. They will instead be buried along with the vessel it came with, never to see its impact in the real world. Given how many of them are actually manifested, it is a wonder why many view their ideas as something sacred and private, afraid that by sharing them with others, they would be “stolen”. The reality is the toughest problem is not the failure of imagination but failure of courage. The courage needed to act upon those ideas to make them a reality. Yes, you might fail along the way, and it would be both a hit to your self-esteem and embarrassing at the same time. That is because you probably care more about what other people think of you. But also remember that yes, you can be successful in the process too. That you might actually come out of it a winner, a success. And that can only happen if you give it a chance. That you have faith and courage to pursue your imaginations. No one knows what it could be, but you can at least give it your best shot. It is certainly a more exciting and fulfilling option than what might have been.
There is no point trying to run away from problems. They are a part and parcel of life. You can try to hide from them but they will eventually come up to you. And when they do, you would have wished you had address them sooner. Problems are often times painful, inconvenient and uncomfortable. That is why we avoid confronting them as far as possible. But what if instead of running away, we look them in the eye and deal with them. We can start by looking at them as they are, and not anything more or less. We are clear of the situation. We break them down. We find the solutions. We work on them. And hopefully, irregardless of the outcome, we come out of them a better person.
The next time you face a problem, stop yourself for a moment before judging the situation and look at how you can make it work in your favour. Some might think that it is a tall order but nonetheless every bit possible, with a conscious effort and a little bit of practise. The more you do so, the easier it will get. Do not be discouraged by it. Instead use it to your advantage. Let that old you, who would avoid problem like a plague or break down by them, rest in peace. Start with the things that you have control over. The rest will eventually fall into place. Always remember that every problem is a well disguised potential opportunity. The first step, is to open your mind.