We can’t map out our life coordinate by coordinate. Because when we’re looking down at the map, we can’t see all the intricate details that lie beyond those dots and lines. But that shouldn’t stop us from figuring out where we want to go. To make plans gives us ambition, drive and purpose. Don’t get caught up in the details. Keep trekking, climbing and swimming. Don’t toss yourself into someone else’s plan, because life might end up just passing you by. Keep finding your own truth.
Our unpolished self is easily exposed when we are put under pressure. It might be the pressure of a family member, a whole culture, ourselves, a problem, that turns us into our worst or best selves. As a result, we might encounter high levels of stress, a shut-down mentality, a rebellious nature, or straight-out conformity. Equally, we might feel compelled to stand up for our principles, or driven to excel, exceed, and perform. But these reactions aren’t hereditary; they are choices. If we do not like they way we feel or react to pressures of any kind, then we have the power to change, if we consciously decide to and act on it. Take deep breaths. Concentrate on your own thoughts, not other people’s. Believe in yourself. Let the pressure guide you to greatness.
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All our dreams and aspirations sometimes seem so far out of reach. The odds of a new product being successful are 1:10. The odds of writing a New York bestseller are 1:220. The odds of winning an Oscar are 1:11,500. The odds of becoming President of the United States are 1:10,000,000.
But did you know that our chance of being born, exactly in our circumstances, at that particular place and time, is 1:400,000,000,000? Being born is the most unlikely of all. Could there be any bigger incentive, any greater inspiration, any larger motivation, to make the most out of every piece of our lives? Make the most of what you have around you and inside you. Experience everything possible. Be grateful for what you have been given. Live because life is a miracle. You are a miracle. You were born that way.
There are two types of criticism: the constructive and the hateful. Both have very different motives: the former aims to push us higher and the latter to pull us down. And I distinctly say ‘push’ and ‘pull’ because those who criticise to pull us down are generally people who are stuck at the bottom themselves; they are provoked by jealousy, ignorance, and inadequacy in their own life, which they need to project onto those who are trying and succeeding. Do not let them triumph by allowing them to pull you down with hateful comments. They do not understand your passion and drive, your happiness and purpose. Do not let them steal those away from you, because you do not deserve it and they do not deserve the satisfaction. Let that type of criticism either fuel your journey to success even further or fly over your head. No matter what people say, keep going.