Following someone else’s path it’s unlikely to help us build a genuine presence and add value into the world. Our path might seem ambushed by fallen trees, snow and broken roads, but it’s how we react to these obstacles that in turn helps us grow. If you want to be like someone else, chances are you are limiting yourself. You have so much to offer, you just have to believe in yourself and dare to take the risks.
Focus is within your control, but what if the people around you see things through a different lenses? Will you lose your vision? People can only derail you by that much, but if the majority of your circle of influence is completely off with what you are trying to achieve, the chances of persisting with your vision become lower and lower. Focus not only on your goal, but make sure that the people you are sharing your views with don’t have leverage on you. Stay truthful to who you are.
We spend our formative years adopting other people’s vision of the world, as well as learning from the experiences that we are exposed to. Unavoidable limitations consist of our geography, associations, access to education, the language we speak and more. And because our parents are responsible for us at the start of our life, we might feel like that responsibility applies later and delay taking ownership of who we are and the mark we leave in the world. But trusting someone doesn’t absolve us from responsibility, nor does it represent a valid excuse for how much we choose to live. Growth is an inner journey,
Time can easily go unaccounted for, but we all have dreams. The most important question when pursuing our dreams is looking at where we are versus what we should be doing. Time unaccounted for is time that hasn’t been maximised to grow the skills we need that will help us in the long run.
Thinking small will keep us small. If we can uncover the big dreams and expectations we had from life and from ourselves from a very early stage, we can use discipline to get there. We need a purpose in life, may it be a housework project, career or personal development, we need to know where we want to reach. The road will always be unknown, but ensuring that we are on the right track will bring familiarity into our journey. Success feels familiar when we’ve projected it in advance.
We are the only people who can push ourselves towards success, failure, or just passivity in life. Do you ever worry about achieving something even though you haven’t even made a start yet on our project? You might instinctively think that this ‘long-term planning’ is beneficial, that you should plan for the worse and so on. But planning for the worse gives us a sense of what the future can look like in a negative light.
The main thing to note when you get sidetracked by your own thoughts, worries, doubts and second thoughts is that this time is taken out of action time. Action gets us closer to results. Doubt is the stranger disguised with friendly intentions when in fact just wants to rob you from your dreams. Stay focused. Ultimately, everything that matters is what action you take and time to act is now.
Impossible is quite a primitive world. Looking around us and thinking that everything was either invented or discovered is a belief that could hold back our evolution as species. But just as in the glorious unjustified times of war people back home need to keep the economy prosperous, progress wouldn’t be possible without minimum standards being maintained in the society.
And yet it takes courage to take risks. To risk of being told by those around you that your idea is… great without any real feedback, the risk of being perceived as ‘other’ for wanting to turn systems around or build something that the world not only thought impossible, but couldn’t see value in it.
Seeking validation at early stages of building the impossible can be harmful to creating innovation. People who are afraid of the impossible will see legitimacy in you only when the possibility is real. And people of the the impossible, just like you, they are committed to their own mirage and recreation of the reality. The message can be that you’re on your own, but more than that, remember that a strong belief of what can be done will help you turn the impossible into possible.