If you feel like you’re at the end of the road with nowhere to go, realize you are lying toyourself. You have imprisoned yourself in your own mind by telling self-defeating stories –stories about what your life should be like, what you should have already accomplished,and so forth.
You are alive in a vast world with infinite destinations. Take a moment to remind yourselfof this. Go outside. Look at the sky and the clouds. THIS is the space in which you reallylive. Breathe it in. Then look at your current situation again. Here are some things youneed to consider before you give up:
# 1 : You never fail until you’re satisfied with failure.Failure is not falling down; failure is staying down when you have the choice to get backup. Sometimes you have to fail a thousand times to succeed. Which means you haven’treally failed yet; you’ve just found a bunch of ways that don’t work. So don’t get so hungup on a few failed attempts that you miss every new opportunity coming your way. All of your ideas that don’t work are simply stepping stones on your way to the one idea that does. As Winston Churchill once said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
# 2 : What you have learned is what’s important.Life always offers you a second chance – it’s called tomorrow. But this second chancedoesn’t mean anything if you haven’t learned from the events of today. You have toacknowledge your troubles but gather strength from them, and laugh at your mistakesbut learn from them. Getting a second chance in life is about giving yourself the opportunity to grow beyond your past failures. It’s about learning as you go and positively adjusting your attitude and efforts toward future possibilities.
# 3 : Tough times are just part of life’s natural balance.Life lives, life dies. Life laughs, life cries. Life gives up and life tries. And life looks differentthrough everyone’s eyes. In fact, who you were, who you are, and who you will becomeare three completely different people. And as you gradually grow beyond the personyou were yesterday, keep life’s challenges in perspective. Realize that life is like playing a grand piano. The white keys create your happiness and the black keys denote your troubles. But as you go through life’s journey, remember that the black keys also create music.
# 4 : Pain helps you grow.Sometimes things must change so you can change. Sometimes you must break a little soyou can get a peek inside to see what an awesome powerhouse you are. Sometimesmistakes must be made so wisdom can be earned. Sometimes you must overcomeheartache so you can begin to follow your heart again.
# 5 : Success is a way of living.Don’t let your struggles become your identity. Not everything in your life will go asyou expect it to. This is why you need to drop expectations, live in the present, andgo with the flow, rather than against it. Remind yourself that it’s perfectly okay notto be perfect. Ultimately, success is not something you achieve, it is what you learn and how you grow as you deal with the realities of life – it is a way of living and being.
# 6 : You can choose differently.The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective. And in manycases, the only thing in life you have control over is your perspective. No matter whathappens,YOU control what the meaning is, and what to do with the meaning you give to thecircumstance. Choose to react in a way that motivates happiness, love, or forgiveness, even when circumstances make that choice difficult.
# 7 : It’s not supposed to be easy.Just because you’re not where you want to be today doesn’t mean you won’t be theresomeday. Again, success is tied to long-term determination. Successful people keepmoving and trying. They make mistakes, but they do not quit. If things in your life aren’thappening as planned right now, that’s okay. It just means it’s not the right time. Life’s brick walls are not there to keep you out, they’re there to give you a chance to show how badly you want something. They’re there to stop the people who don’t want it as bad as you
# 8 : Simplify, simplify, simplify.Like all magnificent things, life is quite simple. Its simplicity is found not in seeing how little youcan get by with – that’s poverty – but how efficiently you can conquer your biggest difficulties.Remember, the greatest wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. Your mostsignificant ideas and accomplishments will be genius in their simplicity. One day you will find the right words, the right decisions, and the right solutions that will lead you to victory, and they will be far simpler than they seem right now.
# 9 : Life is still good.You may have seen better days, but you have also seen worse. You might not have allyour wants, but you do have all your needs. You woke up with a few aches and pains,but you woke up. Your life may not be perfect, but it is good. And more good thingsare coming down the road as long as you keep moving forward.
Develop success from failures.Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. - Dale Carnegie Thank You Very Much Sompong Yusoontorn
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