Strive for progress over perfection. Seek to be better than you were yesterday. Appreciate the journey, and not only the destination. Celebrate your triumphs, no matter how small. Focus on the building blocks, not the stumbling blocks. Remember your best is enough. With it, you’ll achieve great things.
You owe it to yourself, the world, the power that created you, to live. That means doing your best, expressing gratitude, enjoying yourself, letting go of what hurts you, focusing on the moment, spreading the love, challenging your fears, being yourself. It looks different for everyone but it’s guided by the same principles. Don’t live half-heartedly. Live passionately, enthusiastically, sincerely, generously, and to the fullest.
We can only try our best. We’re not all-powerful and we’re not all-knowing. We can only make decisions to the best of our abilities. If we do that, we can bear the many mistakes we’ll make and the troubles that life will bring. Because we can’t ask more of ourselves than our best. We’re only human and that’s alright.
Learn from the people smarter than you, instead of comparing yourself to them. Practice with the people stronger than you, instead of competing against them. Work with the people who inspire you, instead of trying to copy them. Keep your eyes open, keep your mind sharp, but keep your heart true. Nobody can be a better you than you.
There’s no way to reach the top of a mountain other than to climb it. There’s no way to build a pyramid other than to lay the foundation. There’s no way to glide across the sky other than to use your wings and fly up there. To gain altitude, we have to put in the work – to keep going despite the rocky terrain, the beating sun, or the harsh wind. It will be worth it. The view is worth persisting. The higher you get, the better the view.
What is opportunity? Does it sit behind every corner or does it come knocking on the door? Both. Opportunity comes to those who see it. There’s opportunity in every job, in every relationship, in every problem. Sure, there are dead-end jobs and dead-end relationships and never-ending problems. But that doesn’t mean we have to be dead-end people. We can make the best of every situation. We can give our best to every situation. And in those situations, we improve, we grow and we thrive. When we see opportunity in the dead-end situation, we do not see a dead-end at all.
There comes a time when we’ll get caught in a downpour. Our first instinct is to take cover from it. But that isn’t always an option. Sometimes we have to weather it. And whatever we do, we’re bound to get soaked. But that’s ok, as long as we try to do our best. Don’t give into the raindrops of adversity. You’re better than that. You’re smart and courageous and innovative. And even if all else fails, you can still dance in the rain and laugh a little. Keep holding on, because the sun will come out once again and it will shine brighter than before.
There’s so much noise in our heads about who we should be, most of it being others’ expectations and norms. But we can’t live life by someone else’s rules and we shouldn’t have to fit in someone else’s box. It can be hard to sift through all the noise, but somewhere buried deep you’ll find your own voice, your own thoughts and your own feelings. Take a moment and ask yourself: When are you at your best? When are you the happiest? When do you feel most comfortable? Who are you when no one is watching? Who are you when you don’t give a damn? What do you love about yourself? What would you like to be better at? There are no right way to be. But there is a right way to be you, and that’s just to be yourself, whoever that is. Be aware of it and let it vibrate through you. There’s no other way to be.
Who is pulling the strings in your life? You? Or someone else? Sometimes we have to sacrifice, compromise, and put others first. But that should nonetheless be our own decision. We should never feel forced, controlled or trapped. We should never feel tied to a particular journey or a particular future. We don’t need anyone’s approval or permission. Nobody owns us, our life or our heart. We know ourselves best and what makes us happiest. Happiness in life is the most important. Make yourself a priority and pull the strings in your own life. Don’t leave it up to someone else.
Add more yes into your life. Say yes to the challenge. Say yes to trying again. Say yes to adventure. Say yes to spoiling yourself. Say yes to taking control. Say yes to your feelings. Say yes to opening up. Say yes to love. Say yes to being who you are. Say yes to saying no. Say yes to your own life. It’s empowering and exhilarating. And it can be just as empowering and exhilarating to say no. Do what’s best for you, what feels right to you, and what brings most happiness to you.