Do you ever feel stuck? Do you know you are destined for more, but you are not sure what or how to get there? Perhaps you find yourself in a job that is draining and sucking the life out of you. You go to work, day in day out, but you live for 5 o’clock. Each weekday, the clock seems to tick even slower than it did the previous day. If this sounds familiar, you may be ready for a change.
Yes, it’s always the long haul that gets us. The vision we set out to attain may have had us so fired up from the get-go, but somewhere along the way our hope tries to pack its bags.
You know how fired up Christopher Columbus was, and that nothing could stop his determination no matter how crazy he looked. Even his own men aboard that ship started to doubt ever finding this new world and began to lose hope.
However, Columbus was extremely passionate and knew that the new world was coming and that the only course of action was to press forward!
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. — C.S.Lewis
While packing for a trip I’d been anticipating for weeks, and putting the final touches on dinner, the phone rang; it was the voice of a police officer. In that moment, the world stood still when he asked me if I was sitting down? We all know, nothing good is going to follow that question.
Do you ever wonder if you’re actually ever going to strike gold?
We spend so much time digging in the trenches that after a while the treasure you were seeking starts to seem like an illusive dream. It seems as though it were something unattainable, something make-believe, and perhaps even something impossible.
Sure, there are many of us that will hear, “come on, keep going! Just one more; don’t stop digging!” But even that starts to get old after a while, because just like we’ve been paddling all this time with no land in sight, we’re also hearing those words “keep going” over and over with no land in sight; not even a sign that we’re headed in the right direction.
For you to succeed in any path or endeavor you wish to take, you need self-discipline. No matter how hardworking and motivated you are, without discipline, you will never be able to realize your goals and achieve success. It is one crucial attribute that you need in order to be the best in anything that you do and to have the right attitude and mindset to realize your goals.
Is discipline better than motivation for your success? The answer is yes!
Two months before I graduated, I was homeless, and stayed that way for six months. This wasn’t the fault of anyone other than myself, as I was merely an 18-year old, naive young man struggling to find my place in the world.
My biological parents had divorced when I was three years old, and my father remarried once and my mother twice. With all of these abrupt changes, it is hardly surprising that my relationship with my stepparents was fractured at best, with rampant and sustained verbal and physical abuse.
Have you ever had one of those “that was meant for me” moments?
For example, a book falls to the ground opening to something interesting or maybe the wind flips something to a certain page, and all of a sudden some word or a phrase catches your eye. But it doesn’t just catch your eye, it actually gives you a feeling that somehow someone was speaking directly to you.
The reason being is because it aligns so perfectly with everything you’re going through right now and basically, it’s exactly what you needed to hear.
You have probably lost count of the number of times you have heard people say, “where there is a will, there is a way”. Though cliched, this statement holds the truth behind any commendable feat or accomplishment in a person’s life.
An achievement is worth taking note of when you are able to overcome massive hurdles along the path and reach the finishing line well ahead of the others. In order for you to carry that out, you require motivation of some sort.
What makes someone get back in the game after they’ve been knocked off out their horse? And might I add, for the ka-zillionth time?
It seems like an endless cycle for many of us, including what I know from my own experiences. We may not understand why we have to go through the things we go through to get anywhere in life, but these challenges do cause us to question our reason for doing anything.
We might be asking ourselves, “Do our challenges ever stop, get easier, or do they get tougher the more we go along? Is there really that utopia and freedom we desire so much, or is it just an illusion designed to keep us fighting?”
For several decades, through these weekly columns that appear in newspapers, magazines, and online publications around the world as well as my books, movies, and speeches, I have endeavored to convince people that having a positive attitude, focusing their energy, and acting upon their motivations can bring positive results in their lives and the people around them.
My late, great colleague, mentor, and friend Zig Ziglar was fond of saying, “I’m an optimist. I would go after Moby Dick in a rowboat and take the tartar sauce with me.”