Remember, the world recognises success only after it has been achieved, not before. When you set out on an ambitious journey many people will wish you success but somewhere they have a feeling that you will fail. You have to first believe yourself. Once you start and keep going without being fazed by what the world thinks, you will find you start travelling the road less travelled. It is then; the same world will look at you with surprise. When you still move forward and make your dream come true, the whole world will be amazed and the same people who once doubted your ability will come forward and take the credit by saying – ‘I knew he would do it’.
He was a respected man. He was an authority on the subject. But I had a difference of opinion on a point. We got into an arguement. He wouldn’t concede. I was not convinced. It went on and on. And then, I stopped. I stopped fighting. He smiled. I could see the pride of winning on his face. But he missed the point. I stopped not because I agreed. I stopped not because I was defeated or I lost. I silenced myself just because I wanted to hold his dignity higher than me.
If you are not afraid to lose, nobody can defeat you. When you embrace loss as a part of life and derive strength from it, it actually empowers you to move forward. When the focus is to deliver your best rather than fear the loss, you actually reach closer to winning. This is because when you don’t fear to lose, you play to win and mostly you do win. Give your best, embrace loss as part of life, and win the fear.
Take control of your life. Align it with your inner desires. Fill your daily chores and activities with stuffs you can control rather than having an outside influence. Taking care of health, spending time with family are two such activities. Pursuing your hobby is another choice you can make. There are many more if you carefully identify. Don’t get trapped. Don’t let others decide your actions. Even if you do, you are responsible. Control is inevitable. Either you take control of your life or the world will. Choose wisely.
If not now, when? When will you start living a life you always dreamt? When will you start pursuing what you love? Don’t defer anymore. Don’t fear anymore. Time is running out. Life is passing by. You must start now on your preferred journey. You deserve it. Go for what motivates you, what inspires you. This way, not only will you be happy, you will inspire many others.
Look for happiness, not just success.Success is relative. Happiness is absolute.Success is a part of happiness, not the whole of it. Find the other pieces to make it whole. Pay attention to what makes you happy. You will know when you find it. Happiness is a feeling. It is not dependent on quantity. It’s underline is quality. Look for it. Till then, keep searching. The world measures your success. But its only you who can measure your happiness. Don’t allow the world to rate your happiness. Ask yourself. You will get the answer. Till the time you are not happy with the answer, don’t settle. Keep looking. Its the only thing worth finding.
You have a choice; always. What you are today is because of the choices you made earlier. What you become or where you reach in future will be shaped by the choices you make today. No one decides your fate. You do. No one forces you. You choose to accept the force. Yes, we are connected and sometimes we are in dilemma as to how much weight we need to give to our relationship with people and the world around us. But that’s also a choice you make. Take responsibility of your life. Take responsibility of the choices you make.
Be fair. Sometimes, you will even have to pay a price for being fair. People will take advantage of you. That’s the way it is. Your acquaintances and well wishers will advise you to be practical rather than being fair. Don’t listen to them. Be fair instead. In the beginning it will be expensive to be fair. But once you become fair in the eyes of the world, you will become expensive.
Let people laugh. Let people ridicule you. Let them talk ill behind you. That’s what onlookers do while the real heroes spend time on grinding themselves. It needs the highest degree of commitment, hard work, focus, determination and discipline to achieve success. The world will initially discard your idea and your potential to achieve big things. Keep your tempo on. Don’t stop. The more people try to pull you down, the more you should push yourself up. So, are you ready for the challenge?
Leave work early. Have a sip of coffee alone. Help a man cross the road. Walk the street dancing. Meet a friend. Laugh out loud. Be mad. Fly a kite. Walk up the tallest building. Be a fool. Give a damn. Sing a song. Cry a little. Break the routine. Sleep before the dusk. Live for a day. At least a day. In your own way.