“You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.” ~ Sammy Davis, Jr.
This past week I found myself saying to an acquaintance of mine, “never in a million years did I myself where I am right now.” Many, as did she, would read that as something negative when in fact it’s not. I say that with good intentions. In fact, I say it with a sense of pride and here’s why. Even though I’m not where I want to be I’m sure as hell not where I was. Fearing the unknown, filled with self-doubt and believing that you had to be born into a certain status in order dream.
Now I want you to take a look at the place you’re standing. The spot you’ve found yourself in at this very moment. Now think about five years ago, one-year ago and think about where you saw yourself during those periods. What plans did you have for yourself and did you see yourself where you are now? You probably didn’t. Unless you have a crystal ball you can’t very well predict the future. You can set goals, write plans but you can’t make accurate predictions about your life. If you don’t find yourself where you planned, don’t get discouraged it’s never too late scribble a new game plan.
Remember if plan ‘A’ doesn’t work, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet
Reflect on your journey NOT just your destination
If you haven’t achieved all that you planned up to this point. Don’t dwell on where you are but instead celebrate how far you’ve come because even if you’re not where you want to be. You’re not where you were. Forgive your shortcomings, regain your motivation, pick up the pieces and continue with your journey.
Identify with any road blocks you may encounter
It takes the tiniest bump in the road to fall off the wagon. Identify what threw you off the first place and find out the WHY! Why did it happen and what was your mental state at the time you hit the ground. Progress takes time don’t beat yourself up if other wagons are passing you by not everyone crosses the finish line at the same time. Make the necessary adjustments to fit your own journey and not someone else’s.
Stick to your commitments
The struggle is real because struggle is a pivotal part of succeeding at anything. The key to success isn’t how hard you work but how much you enjoy doing what you do. Recommit yourself to the goals at hand and maximise your chances of succeeding and staying on the wagon.
©Etta D. Richards