How often do you find yourself in uncertain situations? What do you do about it? How can you maneuver yourself to a more certain situation? This is the moment of our current existence. If you consider all the crazy uncertain things that go on in the world as a whole and then add up all the possible dangers that could possibly happen it’s easy to feel uncertain and afraid to take on a new challenge. But take on a new challenge you must.
If you look around at all the adults in your surrounding neighborhood and immediate environment, what do you see? Do you see people living life with gusto? Do they seem full of life and attitude? Probably not. And I’m willing to bet the reason for this is they’ve stopped taking on challenges that are big enough to consume them. As we get older we have too many experiences that taint our vision in an uncertain future. We tend to only see the possible downside. We become extremely risk averse to the point of depression. We say to our self, “If I don’t do anything then nothing bad can happen, or at least nothing worse than my current situation which isn’t too bad, except for the fact that I’m miserable most of the time.”
Why do we stop doing the big things as we get older and a bit more established? I believe we need to remind ourselves how far we’ve come and remind ourselves how many challenges we’ve surmounted getting where we are today.
I can remember being a young teenager about to finish high school and feeling so overwhelmed about all the school work, sporting events, club obligations, household chores and the rest. I just couldn’t imagine how I was going to cope with everything. My mom came down to my room to find me looking a bit sad and concerned sitting on my bed. She tried to console me with words of wisdom and in some ways it was helpful. Not the advice so much as the intention of her words. She told me that everyone was probably telling me that this was supposed to be the best time in your life and that I should feel happy. How right she was. And then she went on to say that they were wrong. That this is a very uncertain time because you don’t know for sure what the future holds, what you will do for a career. Then she looked me square in the eyes and with all of her heart and wisdom said, ” But know for sure that you will make it and you will succeed just like you’re gonna get through this tough time.”
This was great for me to hear. She allowed me to feel OK with my strange emotions and not like there was something wrong with me because I felt this way.
This was the perfect thing to hear from someone who I knew loved me with all her heart. I could tell she didn’t really have an answer but all she knew is that I would cope and that somehow I would look back over this time as a good thing. Well, years later I can say that my thoughts and feelings at that moment were a prelude to how I would deal with big changes in my life. I take solace and derive my courage from knowing that I’ve overcome some amazing challenges in my life and undoubtedly there will be many more.
We are stronger than we think we are. We can do so many great and wonderful things if we put our minds to it. We just need to push forward with a positive mindset and strong belief in ourselves. We are here to explore the world and conquer our fears. I challenge you to face your biggest goals and dreams and turn them into your life’s daily reality.
Think Big! Be Bold! and go for your greatest treasure. Your own Success Story.
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