Have you met anyone living a life of defeat? You have made a decision which determines the way you live now on the margin. Thinking there is a better life out there without taking action doesn't cut it for success. Make the move. No one is content living mediocre life. No one can stop you. If anyone can do it, you can. Go right ahead, make that move now, inspire yourself!
Nature has great object lessons to learn from in handling life’s challenges. When the storm strikes, the eagle tilts its wings in the direction of the wind and is able to rise, making the storm bear it to soar up to great heights. The eagle’s scenario is similar to circumstances in your life as Jimmy Dean notes,
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
Perfection makes you tight and nervous. You’re unwilling to risk the mistakes necessary to craft a creative piece of work. Perfection inhibits you to try new ways of doing things. However, success is better than perfection. Vince Lombardi echoes these sentiments in the statement,
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”
What do you make of the colors of the rainbow? One, the seven colors represent completeness. Two, you can mix and match colors to get the right colors you desire from the lot. You rely on others as much as they do in you for support and encouragement in life.
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud,” Maya Angelou said.
A good number of English words are made up of two separate words which form the right combination yet give a different meaning. If you separate the word impossible, you get two different words, “I’m,” and “Possible.”
“Nothing is impossible; the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” Audrey Hepburn observed. Can you think or make up other similar English words like this one?
Your conscious and subconscious minds will work in your favor. Here is how it works. You have natural hidden talents. Remind yourself of still available reserve strengths you posses to deal with emergency cases in life. You’ve done this before with a great deal of success. You can do the same in a challenging situation, if you,
“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success,” Swami Sivananda said.
In the midst of bitterness and resentment, forgiveness is foreign. Making allowances for unpleasant deeds done to you is remote. Living in harmony with those who cause you heart pain is difficult but not impossible. You can have the light of life again.
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light,” Aristotle Onassis said.
You can make a difference in society if you change your thoughts, no matter the level of your involvement. You discover significant opportunities available in sweating over small or big stuffs in the process. Change of mind is the result of thinking outside the box. In Norman Vincent Peale‘s words,
“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it,” Edith Wharton said.
You can influence other people’s lives in the place of work, home and in social gatherings through your deeds. In that sense, you reflect success. You can also be a role model in society. In which case, you act as a mirror. Try and achieve these two goals in life today.
You’ve heard of the expression “Unsung Heroes.” You also know those who are revered as heroes in society. Whether the hero is unknown as in the case of many women, or well known and honored with monuments, the reference is to ordinary people who do extraordinary things in life. Joseph Campbell says,
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Are you a hero?
You’ve an idea for a project. It could be in business, health and fitness. Your idea could be ordinary. Let no one talk you out of it. Put the idea into action and watch it blossom. Most business ventures dies at the idea stage.
“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world,” Robin Williams said. Have you been nursing an idea for a project? Try it out today.
No two days are the same in life. One day your life is on course. The next day is so clouded you can’t see further than the present challenge in life. If you’re in that situation now, remember these words by Rabindranath Tagore,
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” How reassuring if you heed the call.
How often do you stop to consider the position of your shadow? You hardly ever do. That is because your eyes are focused on goals you want to achieve in life. Your gaze is the bright side of life making the shadow fall behind you. Walt Whitman remarks,
“Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.” What shadow is clouding your life now?
Time is money. You can’t afford to throw away this valuable commodity on things that don’t add value to life. You don’t sit around and twiddle your thumbs because you’ve nothing better to do. Nothing could be further from the truth. The element of time is important even in a restricted situation such as Anne Frank‘s in concentration camp.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” No one knows this better than Robert Louis Stevenson.
Individuals maintain institutions around which communities, countries and continents are built. However, individual come and go. Present day institutions came long before any of us arrived on the scene. These institutions will be here long after individuals have passed on and that includes you.
You never know what is around the corner until you get there. If you’re waiting for inspiration to start writing, business or take part in any life changing activity, you could wait for eternity. In the meantime, folk are making mileage taking the plunge because,
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known,” Carl Sagan said.
When you come to a fork on the road in life, the choice you make determines the next course of direction. Robert Frost couldn’t have made a better choice,
“Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by many, and that has made all the difference.” Which road would you have opted to take?
Life is full of opportunities waiting for you to discover. The tendency is look beyond your present challenging circumstance into the distant future or place for the opportunity of a lifetime. You’re looking for an opportunity to make the big break in your life. Look no further.
“Your big opportunity may be right where you are now,” Napoleon Hill said.
You want to know the secret of getting more life out of living, give, give and give… You get tenfold back when you give. If you horde items, you get nothing in return. You’re where you’re today because someone gave you something to make a head start in life.
“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life,” Arthur Ashe concluded. Give something to someone today. It could be just a smile but give it.
Yesterday is gone. You do not know what tomorrow brings. You can only count on today. Yet how easy do you get caught in the pull of the past and uncertainty of the future? You can’t rewind back the clock and live yesterday. You can’t live tomorrow, today. Loretta Young says,
“I believe in living today. Not in yesterday, nor in tomorrow.” What do you believe in?
A hundred years from now, no one will know the kind of car you drove, the house you lived in, the company of friends you kept. But the world may be different because you invested in the life of a child. Vince Lombardi sums is up well,
“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.”
Cut down a tree if only you’re able to plant one in its place. This may sound ridiculous. However, if you think of it you see the logic behind this reasoning as Warren Buffett does,
“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago,” Warren said. The benefits of tree planting goes beyond providing shade to climate change. Plant a tree today.
It doesn’t matter how friendly everyone is when you lose a loved one especially parents. The memory of the dearly departed also fades in the background because the person is no longer part of your physical life. Yet, as Rosa Parks observes,
“Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.” You won’t see the friendly neighbor around once the person is buried, but she/he lives through her/his kids and works.
You can’t have light without darkness. Light and darkness are like two sides of the coin. You value light for it lights your path. Yet you also need darkness if for nothing else to fall asleep and dream. Your body tissues get rest and repaid during sleep as well.
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars,” Og Mandino wrote in his book, the “Ten Scrolls.”
Studies, work, won’t kill you any more than idleness will dampen and disrupt your potential to succeed in life. You’re a genius. Allow your brain to explode with genius ideas by lifting the lid of limitation out of your life and you’ll be surprised what you can accomplish. Mary Kay Ash‘s encouragement is spot on,
“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.”
Did you know that the sun never sets? You may be experiencing darkness in your part of the world, but the sun is on in other parts of the world. Could this be the reason Elizabeth Barrett Browning said,
“My sun sets to rise again?” Nice food for thought for you.