The most satisfying things, the most treasured things, the most earned things in life are those we worked for, sometimes sacrificed for, those we fought for. There’s no value in something that was handed to us. There’s no glory in something we took a shortcut to. The best things in life make you sweaty, with exhilaration, hard work, passion, and perseverance. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. It will be worth it.
A little patience can go a long way. When you’re on the edge of giving up, hold on a little longer. When you’ve made a mistake, give yourself another chance. When something is harder for someone than it is for you, hold their hand tighter. Perseverance. Determination. Hustle. Endurance. They’re all rooted in patience. Keep going. Keep holding on. Keep believing. Good is coming your way.
There are so many obstacles we let determine our path. But many of them are much more obstacles of our own perception than obstacles of reality. There are some that we shouldn’t always view so pessimistically, because rather than stopping us, they can actually push and encourage us forward:
- Scars – When our trust is broken, when our confidence is shattered, when our love is fractured, scars settle on our skin to remind us of our heartbreak, sadness and anxiety. But we shouldn’t let the past pollute what is to come. And we shouldn’t let the past force us into hiding. Look at your scars as a guide and keep going.
- Failure – It’s pretty much human nature to be afraid of making mistakes. We have a warped sense that they mean we’re not good enough. And when we’re not good at something, we tend to steer clear of it, because we don’t want to look bad. But our failures are the pieces to our success puzzle. Look at your failure as a test and persevere.
- Criticism – Although there are people who intentionally try to bring us down, there are also people who try to help us grow and better ourselves and our actions. We shouldn’t be too sensitive to constructive criticism, because it’s such a useful tool to gain insight and perspective we cannot give ourselves. Look at another’s criticism as a blessing and carry on.
We all have potential to unlock. We all have more to offer and more to be. And we ourselves hold the key. Prosperity isn’t all down to luck or genetics or circumstances. It mostly comes down to perseverance, passion and the belief in our potential. We all start at the bottom, swimming breathlessly in the darkness. But if we keep going, we become stronger and see clearer in the dark. What makes someone accomplished is because they kept going, despite other people’s doubtful comments or even their own pessimistic thoughts. Don’t give up on yourself so easily. The world around us is just an abundance of dreams knitted together to create reality. If other people can do it, so can we. We are all good enough. We all have potential. It’s the biggest mistake to believe you don’t.
Patience encompasses a great deal more than just waiting. It entails a keen determination to keep going past numerous difficulties. It involves a deep courage to have faith in our visions, dreams and imagination when the end is nowhere in sight. It requires a calmness to accept time as an uncontrollable phenomenon but to chase it nonetheless. Good comes to those who are patient, who persevere, and who are confident.
He that can have patience can have what he will – Benjamin Franklin
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We cannot ever expect to achieve and succeed if we don’t try. But the key to trying and succeeding is also consistency. If we only try once, we might not get very far. But if we keep trying consistently, we will only get better, we will only exceed expectations, and we will only gain. Studies show that it takes around three to four weeks to form a new habit. All it takes is a commitment to establish a new lifestyle in a particular area of our lives. Schedule in time for your aspirations, assign a particular part of the day to that aspiration, and religiously abide by your routine. Train yourself to not only expect that time of day, but crave it, and that will only come with consistency. Even just a slice of time a day can dramatically impact us and our road to success in what we want to achieve. Be brave, be dedicated. We owe it to ourselves.
We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day. – Richard G. Scott
In honour of Mother’s Day here in the UK, I wanted to share three things my mother has taught me, which I hope we can all embody throughout all of life’s offerings:
- Consider others – there are always times when we should put ourselves first, but there are also times when another person’s situation is much more important than our own. We should be considerate of other people, be generous with our time, and not only put ourselves in other people’s shoes, but also sacrifice our own needs to help someone in a more difficult or pressing time.
- Perseverance – we’re often afraid, afraid of what other people think or the future or of making mistakes or letting go or pursuing unknown paths. We often give up too easily, because we lack confidence and belief in our abilities. But we should always be passionate, we should experiment and learn, and we should always live in accordance to our own goals, no matter how much hard work and time we need to get there.
- Most things are rectifiable – true, there are some things that are uncontrollable and there are some really tough situations. But there are always a number of paths we can take to get to the same place. There are so many moments that feel like a catastrophe at the time, which we look back on later in life and are grateful for. Make the most of everything available to you, which might be more than we think. Life will always work out in the end.