“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled” – Plutarch. Do you know that you are the only one of your kind in this world? Uniquely designed and wonderfully made. Your blue print is the only one in the world and that if you died today the world would have lost a uniquely formed human being with different characteristics and talents that will never be put to use. You have in you, engraved all the attributes to succeed in whatever you want to do. You were designed to succeed in achieving your intended purpose in life. You have the potential to succeed. Deep inside you lies the ability and potential to succeed and its all waiting to be explored.
Knowing your potential is the key to achieving your intended goals in life. The word potential in simple terms means “capacity to” you have the capacity to succeed, develop, become anything you put your mind and effort to. If you can think it then you can be achieve or be it. You just have to be positive with anything you set out to do.
Change your mind set
Success starts with your mind. People who succeed never give up. Take an athlete for example what is the first thing that comes to his mind when he enters into a sporting competition? He is going to win otherwise, he would not have entered into the sporting competition. It is this kind of mentality that you need in life. Even in a sporting competition we all know that it is always tough, so is it even in achieving our intended purpose in life. For you to achieve any meaningful and tangible results you will need a mind of a sports man who continuously keeps fit i.e. spending time training and improving on his strategies. In your case you will need to acquire the things needed for you to reach your goals in life. There is no substitute for had work.
To help change your negative mind I suggest you identify your negative attitudes first then think about how you would fix them. After finding the solution to your negative attitudes practice the solutions for the next 21 days and see if nothing changes. You will notice the bad negative attitudes will die away and be replaced with the new positive ones. Remember always encourage yourself even in bad times. I believe that “success is not measured by what you have but by the many obstacles you have overcome“. A positive mind set is a great recipe for success.
“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it open” – Arnold Glasgow. If there is one thing I have learnt in life more than anything is patience. For those of you who are married you will agree with me. Be patient in everything you do. Never do things in a hurry. I will give an example of education we are never educated in a flash of time. In our education system it takes us twelve years to complete primary and secondary education. Say another minimum of two years for vocational education, added together this is a minimum of fourteen years. Remember also that personal education does not end. This is not a short period of time by any means. They say patience is a virtue.
Thomas Edison failed many times before finally discovering the light bulb. I believe that he was patient with himself and learnt from his failures.
Make a decision to be happy. Do you realize that happiness is a decision? We choose to be happy or not. Focus on the positive things and enjoy them while they last. Even in hard times it is very possible to be happy. A happy mind is very healthy to the well being of an individual. Remember that yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift that is why we call it “present”.
“Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth and set down and gain each that fortune grants” – Unknown.
A few tips to help you stay fired up.
- Start the day with a prayer – always give thanks to your creator for where there is life there is hope no matter what.
- Look in the mirror and tell yourself you are built to succeed
- If you are married tell your spouse how much they mean to you
- Tell yourself that today is a gift
- Face your challenges with a positive attitude
- Treat your day’s short comings as challenges
- Review your day before sleeping. Note what you did not achieve for that day let them be the starting point for tomorrow.
- End your day with prayer
There are many more tips that can be given but there is no prescription to success it is all in you and entirely up to you to unlock it.
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