What do you believe is holding you back from going to the next level in your life? Could it be the lack of financial stability, the lack of drive or motivation, or is it the lack of education or training in a desired practice area? Or could it be that you just feel stuck, trapped in a web of complacency? The fact is there will always be some type of obstacle, excuse, or distraction that will attempt to block you from achieving your goals; however, the choice to be positive and never give up on the ability to rise above it all can be the tool that will help you transition to the next level. For example, the obstacle may be a physical impairment that you have suffered from since you were a child or it could be a psychological fear of failing that you recently adopted as a risk-adverse adult. Nevertheless, that physical impairment that you have struggled with since childhood could in fact be the element that makes you unique and sets you apart from the masses.
Begin thinking positively! Even better, you can make a conscious decision that today you will abandon any anxiety or fear of failure. Instead, consider adopting the following mindset as a mantra— great success cannot be achieved without first experiencing failure. Failure is the lack of achieving the intended purpose or target. Never give up, try again and again. With each attempt you may find that you become better at learning particular traits such as patience, the ability to communicate more effectively, or other valuable skills, but most importantly you will develop the desire to always learn.
Take the negative connotation away from any limitation in your life and begin to view it as a necessary element in the journey of achieving great success and fulfillment. As a human being that is given another opportunity to live another day, it is your responsibility to make a conscious decision to rise above any issue, obstacle, or individual that threatens to deter you from your goals. If you feel like your back is against the wall, what would you do? You do not have the option to quit— you must fight for your future. You cannot and must not give up; you have a job to do!
Look beyond yourself. Whether you choose to acknowledge it or not, you were created to live a life that inspires both strangers and confidants alike, in pursuing their purpose in life. Consequently, you can only do this if you get outside of your comfort zone, move out of your own way, and become willing to adopt an attitude and desire to serve others.
In a world where we are constantly encouraged to “get what’s yours”, choose to go against the grain; instead make it your duty to help someone in need. The best antidote of pushing beyond your own issues is to consider another individual’s desires and exercise selflessness. Choose to be the student in the course of life that will pass the test of overcoming obstacles with high marks, while assisting others in doing the same. Learn to appreciate the growing pains that may come with the process of evolution and the transition of becoming a more fulfilled human being. Change is constant, so determine that you will not be a victim of your circumstances, and you will not be left behind.
Remember, it takes only one “Yes!”, one relationship, one encounter, or even one isolated moment to positively change a person’s life forever. Wake up each day, regardless of your circumstances, with the mindset that you are one step closer to that one encounter, opportunity, or divine appointment that God created just for you.
Despite the bumps and bruises that you may encounter throughout life, you must adhere to one requirement… you must be willing to take the journey and commit to learning along the way. As you progress through the journey of achieving your dreams, you will be able to clearly realize that the most difficult limitations and circumstances actually served as necessary tools that helped you become a better version of yourself. Ultimately, you want to be able to confidently proclaim that no limitation or obstacle could negatively define you or deter you from your path to achieving greatness!