“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forward.“- Kierkegaard
To understand why you are where you are right now, it is important to go back to evaluate some of your past decisions. Once you have done that, no matter how ugly your findings might be, put yourself together and start again. It is never too late to start again.
“He who risks and fails can be forgiven. He who never risks and never fails is a failure in his whole being.”– Paul Tillich, philosopher
It is okay to fail in life. Failure is part of the game of life. The difference between the rich and the poor is how they manage failure. Don’t let the fear of failure stop you from achieving your dreams. If you try and fail, you are not a failure. But if you don’t try and fail, you are a failure.
“All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.”– Michael John Bobak, from email@example.com
If you want to grow in life, in your career, comfort zone is not the right place for you. It is the wrong place to be. There is nothing happening there. Comfort zone is a dead zone, not a progress zone. Don’t be scared to try new things. Challenge yourself to grow. Where there is no challenge, there is no growth. If you want to grow, you must challenge yourself. You must do new things. You must think in new ways. Embrace it, and you will grow.
“Men are only clever at shifting blame from their own shoulders to those of others.”– Livy, Roman historian
No matter where you are, what you are doing, with whom you are doing it, always take responsibility for your actions. It makes you stronger, not weaker.
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”- Lewis B. Smedes
Forgiveness means freedom. When you forgive those who have hurt you, you are not letting them off the hook of pain, you are letting yourself off the hook of pain and resentment. When you forgive people, you are letting go of the past. You are now ready to move forward. It does not mean you are letting the other person go unpunished. It means that you are letting go of the pain inflicted upon you by that person.
So, why do we forgive?
In her book The How of Happiness: A New Approach To Getting The Life You Want, Sonja Lyubomirsky writes: “In the long run, the preoccupation, hostility, and resentment that we harbor serve only to hurt us, both emotionally and physically.” She adds: “Forgiveness can be regarded in the larger context of community and society; it can deepen our sense of shared humanity (that we are not alone in experiencing hurts) and strengthens our personal relationships and our wider connections with others.”
You forgive people to let yourself off the hook of pain and resentment, to let go of the past, to be yourself again, to enjoy your life, to live in the moment, to focus on what is relevant to you and others, to be happy, to improve your health and well-being, to let the other person go, to free yourself from prisoner, to connect with loving people, to build your character, and to love and be loved again.
Don’t allow resentment to poison your life. Choose happiness, love, humility, courage, gratitude, and forgiveness, and move on. Enjoy your life!
Champions are not born; they are made. They developed themselves by working very hard to achieve their dreams.
Why champions win?
Champions win because they think like champions. They think like winners, not like losers.
Peter McWilliams said, “Our thoughts create our reality- where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go.”
Champions don’t quit because they are tired. They quit because they have succeeded. In the words of Billie Jean King, “Champions keep playing until they got it right.” Losers quit because they got it wrong. Winners quit because they got it right. If you want to win, don’t quit because you are tired, or because you got it wrong. Quit because you got it right, and that you are ready to take on the next assignment.
Champions always win because they are bold. They are courageous. They are fearless. They are not afraid to make mistakes. In fact, they love making mistakes.
Billie Jean King said, “Be bold. If you are going to make an error, make a doozy, and don’t be afraid to hit the ball.” If you want to win, don’t be afraid to try. Don’t be afraid to take risks. Risk is a part of the game of life. Risk is a part of the game of winning. If you don’t take risk, how are you going to win? No risk, no win.
Champions win because they are self-aware. They know themselves. They know what they can and cannot do. They know their strengths and weaknesses. They know that it takes discipline to be a champion. They know that it doesn’t take overnight to be a champion. To quote Billie Jean King, “I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.” When you know yourself, you know others.
Fear is real. Don’t let fear stop you from living your life. One of the best ways you can face your fear is knowing that it is there. Fear has stopped people from doing anything in life. If you want to succeed, you must face your fear. You must learn how to live with it.
Again, don’t let fear stop you from becoming the real you. Let us look at some amazing quotes that will help you face your fears.
“The one thing worse than a quitter is the person who is afraid to begin.”- Jim Rohn
“Being aware of your fear is smart. Overcoming it is the mark of a successful person.”- Seth Godin
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”- Marie Curie
“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”- George Addair
“To fight fear, act. To increase fear, wait, put off, postpone.”- Dr. David J. Schwartz
“To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every now accepted was once eccentric.”- Bertrand Russell
“Do what you fear and fear disappears.”- Dr. David J. Schwartz
“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”- Les Brown
“What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.”- B. Spinoza