The Courage to Try

Photo by Franck V

Do you ever beat yourself up before even attempting to do something new? And what does that do to your self-esteem? The ‘what if’ mindset has been passed on to us with love, but putting worse case scenario first takes away our focus from what we want to achieve. If you hear yourself wondering what if, be grateful and push forward. This means you’re walking unexplored land that guarantees growth and with enough effort, success.

When What’s Right by Others Isn’t Right for You

Photo by Nathan Duck

We all have experienced at least one moment in life when our decision was overridden and there was nothing we could do about it. If this happened at a young age, we learnt to put up less resistance going forward up to a point when even being proper adults doesn’t change our approach towards how we treat life, decisions and things coming our way. We sometimes forget that other people made decisions that weren’t in our best interest. It was comfortable for them not to have to deal with the prospects of success or failure. Not having to bother. But nothing happens unless we take responsibility and do what’s right for us.

Be Truthful to Who You Are

Photo by Emile Guillemot

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.

Getting Started Is 80% of Getting the Work Done

Photo by Anthony Tran

Are you still thinking of what you have to do? Fantasizing? Wishing that you will wake up one day and find not only that the work is done, but that you did it without any effort and you are able to take pride in it? This is what a dream assassin looks like. Without action dreams fade away into the memory land, but not before impacting our self-esteem and joy of living.

If you spend most of your time ‘planning’ and ‘researching’ without getting your hands dirty, know that these are all excuses. Roll up your sleeves, follow leads, fail, get back on track. Succeed. You’re 20% left to succeed.

Keeping Ourselves to a Higher Standard

Photo by Sergey Romanov

It’s okay slagging off, falling behind, not putting in 100% effort is what every person unhappy with their performance says to themselves. But is it really? Somewhere in the world there is another person chasing your dream. If you don’t go after it, someone else will. If you don’t commit to change yourself, change your life into the vision you have for yourself, someone else will. And the harsh reality is that you won’t even be noticed or missed.

How Are You Modelling Your Future?

Photo by Alex Jones

The array of objects that we surround ourselves with every day is likely higher than the number of people we’ve met throughout our entire life. As extreme as it might sound, each of us will meet on average 80,000 people throughout our entire life and as it goes for the items that we own, an average American household has around 300,000 items.

It’s easy to get anchored into the material reality and care more about the immediate dopamine spike given by a new purchase than the long term rewards, but scrolling through shopping websites leaves less time for introspection and reflection to identify those long-term goals. Shopping, replacing items and redecorating are all activities that give the illusion of achievement. The results that we see now have been seeded months or years ago. Same goes for a lack of success. A lack of success can either indicate that we are on our way to create it or that we are walking on infertile soil. How do you fertilize your life to let yourself bloom?