It’s so discouraging to hit a low point in any aspect of our lives, whether in relationships, in a project, in our work, in our goals, especially when we know we’ve been putting in the effort and time. It’s like we’re running uphill but going nowhere or desperately trying to find land but stuck in the middle of the sea. But let’s not give up. Even if we have to walk, crawl, float, take a breath, we mustn’t give up, because we are getting closer and closer. With each step, we’re covering more ground, we’re getting better, and we’re figuring out what will and won’t work. With each step, we’re moving forward, even if we feel like we’re going backwards or around in circles. Don’t stop now; what you’re looking for might just be round the corner.
The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before a miracle happens.
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There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.
W. Clement Stone
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We are our strongest when we are self-aware. When we are self-aware, we stop pretending to be who we are not. When we are self-aware, we can see our flaws, accept them and grow from them. When we are self-aware, we can optimally adapt to every situation, defeat our fears and triumph with humility. I’m not suggesting we become obsessed with monitoring or overanalysing ourselves, but we can learn a little more about who we are everyday and evolve into the person we want to become everyday. Don’t be afraid to know that person. Don’t be afraid to be that person. When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.
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Taking a risk and stepping outside our comfort zones can be the roots of something extraordinary. Let’s not be afraid. Let’s just get out there and do something.
Although our differences by definition are said to separate us, they in fact bring us together in a number of ways. Here are a few reasons why our differences are awesome:
- What separates us helps us grow – from our differences to other people, there is an wealth of learning material to be gained from how other people live, interact and react, by observing people’s strengths and mistakes when faced with certain situations. Another’s achievements and assets raise our expectations of ourselves and our desire to be better.
- What separates us broadens our perspectives – to make something more successful, to power progress, to establish peace and love in the world, we need different perspectives. Sometimes our viewpoint is too blind on its own, but coupled with others, it is powerful. And so, what separates us also binds us into a common vision.
- What separates us gives us abundance – life would be monotonous and boring if we were all the same. But when we all excel in different ways and travel different walks of life, life is full of new ideas that we will all benefit from, whether we just appreciate them, use them, or want to model them. No path will ever be the same, but it has been created by all those who stood at a different point, at a different time, and in a different way.
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It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognise, accept, and celebrate those differences. – Audre Lorde
We all find happiness in extraordinary and special ways. But whatever our own route to happiness consists of, pivotal to happiness is the concept of living and not just existing. We need to live in the moment and appreciate what we have in front of us, instead of passing time, and always wanting the next best thing. And it isn’t just about living in the moment, it is about taking it even further, and living to the moment’s fullest potential. That doesn’t mean we have to constantly be challenging ourselves, taking risks and having new experiences, but simply making the most of every day, doing what we enjoy in the circumstances we are given and with the means we have available. Let’s try to live a little more. I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.
There never will be a right time. Yes, there will always be a time when we will be smarter, more experienced, and perhaps less busy, than we are now. But there will also be a time when we are older, more invested and committed, with opportunities that come and go too quickly. The more we waste our time, the less we have of it, and the less we have of all the prospects it brings. Time is unforgiving and waits for no one. The closest place we have to the ‘right’ time is now. Now is the time to start. Now is the time to conquer. Now is the time to work. Now is the time to mend. Now is the time to let go. Now is the time to express how you feel. Now is made up of infinite possibilities, so let’s use them.
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