I began this week a little depressed.
There were many things I wanted to accomplish but even before I could get started, my mind was telling me “it’s hopeless.”
A feeling of helplessness came over me as other people’s agenda took over my time, distractions became aplenty, unforeseen problems came out of nowhere, and the clock seemed to move at lightning speed as though I was in a dream.
It was then that I decided to make a list of all the things I’ve ever thought about to motivate myself so I could see life as it can be, if only I will give myself a chance.
Here is that list.
Life is full of Valleys:
We often get depressed when our lives take a turn for the worse. When it happens, we think its forever. But I’ve learned that as quickly as things can fall apart, they can also rise up just as fast. It’s important for me to remember that, because with patience and persistence, I know deep down I have the power to turn things around. I remember many times that I was down and out only to have good things happen quickly shortly thereafter. You may be down today, but tomorrow – with life’s inevitable valleys – you will be up.
We all have the same 24 hours:
You and I have as much time as the President of the United States. Every person has been allotted the same 24 hours. It is what we do with our time that matters. I vow to respect the gift of life given to me by not wasting it.
You are as good as the next person:
The CEO of the biggest corporation in the world is not a better person compared to you and me. Leaders of countries are no better than the smallest child. Each life has value. God, the universe, the world – will judge us on the kind of person we become, not on our position. I vow, no matter where I am in this life, to be the best person I can be.
We do not need to seek the approval or validation of others – yet, each day, many people around the world are waiting for someone to bless their hopes and dreams. Our life goals are uniquely personal and as such, need only the validation of self. What are we waiting for? Let us go forth with our plans based on our own approval.
The first step is belief:
What would have happened if Thomas Edison was filled with self-doubt and gave up on the light bulb? What if all of the inventors of the world did not believe they would be successful and chose to abandon their efforts? Do not feel shame in believing you can do something others don’t think you can do. Self-belief is what changes the world.
The power of baby steps:
I recently saw an old man with a cane slowly trying to make his way from a parking lot into a store. I thought to myself “he’s never going to make it.” I then went about my business, organizing some packages in my car only to look up moments later and see the old man entering the store before me! Do not worry about being fast in the pursuit of your life and career goals. Just don’t give up. One step at a time, you will surprise yourself by getting to that finish line.
Top of the morning:
I have noticed that if I do not tackle high priority items early in the day, they often never get done. Our lives are filled with a plethora of distraction. Best to accomplish the important things in life first.
Give meaning to life:
Today’s consumerism has left many people feeling empty. They awake each day to exist, not to live. We can add meaning immeasurably to our lives by serving others. Whatever your dreams, hopes and desires – ask yourself how you can provide service along the journey.
You really do make a difference:
The world is so noisy and uncaring, we often believe that we don’t make any difference. Our voice, we feel, is not heard. So we ask, “Why bother?” But I was amazed recently when a person reached out to me, saying that something I wrote gave them hope. People are always listening and watching us. Never make the mistake of thinking you don’t matter. Because every expression, every word of encouragement, every smile…makes a huge difference. So many people are hurting deeply inside. They suffer in silence. They seek comfort, leadership and kindness. You have the power to offer these things. You, my dear friend, matter far more than you realize.
We can motivate ourselves to make a difference in the world.
I hope you’ll join me.