In life, never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something, You got a dream, protect it! People who can’t do things themselves, tell you that you can’t do it. If you want something, GO GET IT, period.
From the movie, “In Pursuit of Happiness”
We all have a choice of being a HERO, do things we like, want, wish or aim for. Still, how many enjoy this freedom of choice? So, what will help you complete this for me, the hero of your story is….? Hopefully, this post can help.
7 out of 10 people I meet, tell me that there is so much that they want to do in life but they can’t because of family, job, lifestyle and more. While these life situations will continue, there are still ways to accomplish more in life. It begins with a strong thought process, as in the words of Swami Vivekananda,
We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
As people, it is totally up to you to create a difference to your life as nobody can pull or push you until you don’t allow others or take initiative to do so, yourself. STOP judging yourself by your previous accomplishments or failures, STOP that immediately, don’t be driven by your past or by your fears or the need to please others, FREE YOURSELF by deciding what you want from your life. Out of many quotes that I like about life, this is right at the top,
WE ARE ALL DYING BUT VERY FEW ARE LIVING
It is given that there will be responsibilities, situations, limitations, but these things should not give you the reason to QUIT. Personal or professional lives keep revolving around challenges, failures, and successes, however, realists are not afraid to look at life holistically.
Go on, write your goals, mention things that you won’t tolerate from yourself, state things you have done in past and never want to repeat, write things you want to improve, specify actions you took that helped you in the past and continue to progress
Don’t let people tell you that you are no good, though respect criticism, don’t let it impact your life negatively. The example of Sir Richard Branson fits well here, he struggled with dyslexia during his educational days and no one gave him much chance, but today, he owns a Virgin Group, which holds more than 200 companies in more than 30 countries.
When things get hard, as a human tendency we (including me) find reasons to blame, like situations, people or even shadows. Finding excuses, pointing fingers at others, not standing up or accepting fault are the signs of weak people.
I like the line, it’s not always rainbows and butterflies used by Maroon 5. Life is about struggle and hard work. Build yourself tough but remember never allow people to define your success. You can only do this, when you are confident about yourself, back your capabilities, have a will to improve and the ability to take the feedback positively. Sachin Tendulkar, worlds best batsmen of his era is a prime example of it, he did not become the best overnight. He had talent but with his sheer hard work, he went on to set new records and made his country proud.
Remember, that only talent and good intentions don’t suffice, be fearless and strategic in making your moves. Don’t run, hide or shy away from failures. Be courageous to ACCEPT and OWN them. Train your body and brain to become what you want and do it every day.
I wake up every morning and say the below quote to myself, you can try it too –
I DID NOT WAKE UP TODAY TO BE MEDIOCRE
In the words of my father – Deserve Before You Demand. Until YOU make yourself worthy of things you want, those things will be meaningless and elusive. Just about anything is easy if you are willing to work on it and crash those mental barriers that stop you. If you keep doing things in a way that others like, then you are not doing justice to your life. Accept that you can’t keep pleasing people to make yourself socially, professionally or personally acceptable. Imagine if Steve Jobs would have worked to please others, APPLE computers would not have got the love it gets today. People would accept you for who you are and this practice must first begin with YOU. The critic inside matters more than the critic outside.
I once read and it got imprinted on me, what people think of you may/may not matter but what definitely matters the most is WHAT YOU THINK OF YOURSELF?
It is time that you look yourself in the mirror, take a deep breath, with confidence say it to yourself –
“I AM THE HERO OF MY STORY”
‘Never doubt it and never let anyone question it’
Always THINK, BELIEVE and ACT like a HERO, as the hero of a movie, fights everything that the life throws at him and ends up being victorious, similarly go ahead and GIVE LIFE A GOOD FIGHT!
PS – This post does not intend to make you a narcissist, stay humble 🙂
Happy Independence Day To All Indians – 15th August. – This is the FREEDOM POST.
Salute to all the soldiers who protect us every day and sacrifice their lives for us!