"Take a chance! All life is a chance. The person who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare"
Often we hear from others - "Take a chance" when we mention that we would love to change something in our professional or personal life, when we express our desire for something new. However, taking a chance, trying something new, stepping into the unknown is not as easy or simple as it may seem to others. Life often presents us with obstacles and various limitations that stand on our way before we can even think about making a change in our life, before we are able to take a risk. Therefore, I believe that if one is not truly ready to take a chance, and try to change his or her life, or go after an ambitious goal, we should respect each individuals' unique life situations and do not force our own opinions on anyone. When one is ready to take a chance, he or she will do so not a minute sooner.
"Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot"
We often take many things for granted in life. We get motivated, we get inspired, we achieve great things, but what we don't do very often is stop and thank those who have been the source of our drive, our inspiration, even though we know that without such individuals in our life, things would be very different, and most likely not in a positive way. So, I hope that we take the time out of our busy lives and thank those who helped us up and have been our source of motivation in our life.
"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential"
Many start but very few actually continue their journey towards reaching their goals, plans, and outcomes that we hope to see. For example, many embark on the continuous fitness and personal development journey, especially at the beginning of each New Year. Typically, such journey last for two to three weeks at most. Why? Because, things get difficult and not as fun as they might have been at the beginning. So, many stop, and make plans to try again at a later time, which in most cases does not take place until beginning of the following year. What's missing here, in my opinion, is the continuous effort and never-give-up attitude.
" I know the price of success, dedication, hard work and unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen"
Determination, focus, and extreme desire to make a word a better place is what's driving and will continue to drive the change we see around us. It's not about wanting or hoping for things to change for a better some day, it's about us making that a priority in everything that we do every day, and not because someone expects us to do it, but because we want it for ourselves and those around us. Receiving a praise or acknowledgement from others is just an icing on the cake, not the goal. The cost of achieving success in life can be very high, so the main question that we must answer is - Am I fully committed to go after my dream, no matter how challenging it may be over time?
"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity to act despite our fears"- John McCain
Lack of courage is what keeps many of us in our place. We see other people acting from what looks from our point of view as fearless, however, what we do not know about are all those internal battles that many of us are fighting before we can move past our fears and show others what are capable of. In many cases it encourages and motivates people to act and find courage and belief in their own strength and power.
"Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!"
Do you believe that you can, and will achieve success? You know that it will happen you just don't know when? That's great, because, knowing that you will achieve your goals and dreams in life is one of the main ingredients to crossing that finish line that we call 'success.' So, setting the right mindset is very important here. Saying that you plan of achieving something great is not the same as stating that you are achieving it now, and that is just a matter of time before everyone around you would be able to see your achievements and your success.
"We can achieve what we can conceive and believe" - Mark Twain
I strongly believe that people are capable of achieving amazing and grand things in life if they simply believe in their own abilities and exercise their unique strengths. If we believe in ourselves, we can achieve anything, and it can certainly works the other way around, which, unfortunately, happens more frequently than not. We often talk a lot about the things we want and can do, but we hardly ever back up our words and claims with taking action, and actually do that what we say we were going to do. After a period of time, many forget about what was said or promised, which allows us to put things on hold, just to get back to them sometime in the future.
"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do"
Overcoming our own inner fears with which we've lived for many years is very difficult but not impossible. The reason why many of us stop trying is, because, we are not comfortable being outside of our comfort zone. It's much easier to keep things as status quo, be comfortable, even though we continue to live with our fears. If only we try and step outside of our comfort zone once in a while, I think many would be pleasantly surprised by opportunities that may be available for our professional and personal growth on the other side of fear.
"Success doesn't come to you, you go to it" - Marva Collins
Standing still and expecting for things to somehow change for a better, won't happen. We must seek and welcome change into our lives. If we hope to change and improve our lifestyle, career or our health, we must take necessary steps and make required changes to do so. For example, we can't say that we want to improve our health, without any excercising and without adjusting our diet to eat healthier meals every day. Same way, we can't achieve success by sitting on our couch watching tv every day, hoping for success to find us. Instead, we must create a plan of action and follow our set plan, working hard and overcoming any difficulty and any challenge on our path, and never ever give up.
"It takes time to create excellence. If it could be done quickly, more people would do it"
Many expect to achieve goals that we set almost immediately, and when patience threshold has been reached and exceeded, whatever it may be for each of us, most of the time we lose interest in whatever we were working towards and stop trying, which eventually leads to us giving up. What we don't realize is that it takes time to reach that what we hope to achieve. It takes patience, persistence and determination to keep on going even after we fail to reach our objective in terms of time that we've initially committed to. Have patience, as achievement of great things and objectives in life takes time and often a very long time.