We talked about fear. We talked about comfort zone. We talked about regrets. We talked about the people around you. We talked about all those things that can get in your way. No matter what, you should never, never, ever give up.
“Your dreams are your real job”.
Once you have taken that first step, you need to take another one. And another one after that, to ensure you keep moving forward. “Beginning in small, manageable steps, gives you a greater chance of long-term success” “When you start with small, achievable steps you can easily master, it reinforces your belief that you can easily improve”.
Without movement, there will be no improvement. Without improvement, you will lack that inner drive that you need to move forward. It is a cycle of cause and effect that feeds itself. And it will take time. “We have come to expect instant gratification, and we become discouraged if it doesn’t happen”. But if you realistically commit to take little steps, day after day, learning something new, doing something more, you will get better every day and this will take you closer to your goals. If you make this commitment to yourself, “you will enjoy the feelings of increased self-esteem and self-confidence that come from self-improvement, as well as the ultimate success that will inevitably follow”.
The more you hang on, the more you persist, the more likely your success. Stopping or giving up, never made anyone get anywhere they wanted to go. “For every roadblock, there’s an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. Take a detour” and keep going. “Difficulties are opportunities to better things, they are stepping stones to a greater experience”.
It took me a very long time to understand this. I was so caught up with a routine of self-loathing, blame, inaction, feeling sorry for myself all the time. And I know, it is such a difficult circle to break when you are into it. The discomfort and fear that action entails, is so scary that we often prefer staying in the status quo of things instead of making a change. Change takes courage, hard work, persistence, clarity, consistency. You have to really want it. But the success of that first step taken, brings such rewards to fuel your next step. Until you become unstoppable.
You only have to try to see how it feels. If it works, you will feel instantly better and carry on. If it doesn’t, it will simply mean that you will stay where you are. What have you got to loose?