What if I said to you, “If you consistently try hard enough, you can’t fail?” What if I also told you, “With the right amount of determination and willpower, you can achieve any level of success – even those things which appear to be impossible…” what would be your immediate response to these statements? Would it make you happy and cause you to forget about your fears and follow your dreams without being afraid? Would it make any diﬀerence at all in how you approach your future?
Well, just know you can’t fail! But, in order not to fail, you have to trust GOD and be proactive about what you want in life – despite fear. Fear is just as real as any person you’ve ever met. And the only things that remove fear is faith, will power and ACTION! Yes… that’s right! Fear… cannot withstand these things.
The Bullies – Fear and Insomnia
Fear hates faith! Why? Because no bully in life can make you tremble or that will fight against you, quite like fear can. Yet, faith is the only medicine that’s BIG and STRONG enough to defeat fear.
Fear and Insomnia hang out like two thrill-seeking best friends, attempting to rob you of your future in the middle of the night. And they work well together. Insomnia is virtually responsible for walking the streets of villages, towns, and cities throughout the world… awaking restless people from their sleep.
Once Insomnia solicits its audience, Fear is responsible for the entertainment – the late-night show. And fear; he’s quite the actor… a real ‘Professional’ in his field – he’s an arrogant superstar who is widely known the world over… with millions of unwilling fans. Sadly, fear’s audience is the best of listeners… and he is more than willing to entertain all who will listen, with false ‘Hype’.
The Allies – Faith and Willpower
You can’t aﬀord to get caught up in this crowd. Your faith has to be much more reliable than your Fear! To be stronger, you must use faith and his best friend – Willpower – to fight alongside you. To overcome fear, you have to make choices. And the question you have to ask yourself is this, “How bad do I want to succeed?” The other option, then, is to choose the right path that coincides with your choices.
Faith has ‘BIG EYES’! It is God endorsed. It sees and creates what does not yet exist. And where ‘Luck’ fails… faith prevails. Faith has the power and ability to bring every great thought, every great idea and every great dream you’ve dreamed… to reality. But faith comes with stipulations. To make it work in your life… you have to TRUST GOD, first! That’s the only way you can have access to the finer things in life.
It’s always important to hold a positive expectation that what you want can happen. Then, you simply have to have enough willpower to choose to discipline your mind and apply faith to the things in your life that seem impossible. SAYING Things Like:
•God doesn’t love me
•Nobody cares about me
•I won’t ever amount to anything
•I’m not good enough
•I’ll never find someone to love me for me
•I don’t deserve better than what I have
These things are simply not true. “All things are possible” – But only by faith. And, to find the true magic of life… you don’t have to close your eyes while you cross your fingers to make hopeless wishes. All you have to do is open your spiritual eyes and trust God by faith… and know that good things can happen for you – if you only believe.
Create Personal Success
There are two paths you can take in life. One road is very dark and leads to uncertainty and hopelessness. The other path is straight and narrow. The right path – the latter path – is full of light, and it leads to success and happiness.
In the ordinary life of the world, to follow the straight and narrow road requires much, and great willpower is necessary for success. To succeed in business, to become an expert in a profession, or to completely master an art, requires strong will, determination and perseverance. Only people with an unwavering will…, who know neither surrender nor compromise, can hope for a large measure of success. Once the will is thoroughly awakened and brought into action… every hindrance that stands in its way will be swept aside.
“Once you create a goal for yourself, whether it’s big or small, set your mind to it. Do all you can to achieve it and never give up on it. “Willpower” is “Real Power”. It takes real will power to accomplish anything of value, and your mind is only as strong as you develop it to be.”
At the point and place where you use your personal willpower to look fear in the face and say, “I’m tired of you pushing me around and treating me like I’m nobody. I’m tired of accepting average when I know I can have better”… you can become whatever you want to become. Remember, the only limitations you have in life, are the ones you set up in your own mind.
Make Strategic Moves
It’s often said that those who have achieved the most success in their lives were the hungriest. They were successful, not because of luck, but because of their willpower. And, willpower alone can make great things happen. For example:
I was watching a documentary recently (I love documentaries by the way), where a hungry lion was about to do battle with an African Buﬀalo. I must first let you know that this breed of buﬀalo can weigh more than 2200 pounds… and the lion only weighed about 550 pounds. Secondly, I’m sure you can do the math and figure out how much of a ‘Big’ diﬀerence that is in size! And I must admit, the lion had to be pretty hungry and determined to attack something that’s nearly four times its size. The important thing, though, is the fact that the lion was hungry enough to go after what seemed like the impossible. But, needless to say, he used an eﬀective strategy. This is what he did… he went and sought help from three or four other lions to help with the task. Somehow, he got the message across to all of his helpers that there was something – an incentive – in it for them.
So, they put their heads together and strategized for a moment – ‘in lion language’ – I suppose. Their approach was a good one. As I continued to watch closely, I noticed something very profound that I want you to pay close attention to, which will possibly help you to defeat any giant you come up against in your life.
The Lions slowly surrounded their prey… each crawling slowly toward it. Each time they would inch a little closer… they would take a break… inch some more… then, take a break… and on and on. Each move they made, they rested briefly to plot their next move. The lions’ moves were not rushed or hurried; they were very patient throughout the whole process. Although they were hungry and wanted to achieve their goal quickly – and satisfy their appetite, they never once rushed, or got too ambitious. The entire time, they employed patience and made strategic moves. Eventually, with their eyes steady and their feet firmly planted… the lions got close enough to attack the buﬀalo from every side. In the end… each lion got its promised share of the bounty. To them, it was a day’s work that was well worth the wait.
Here are 7 key things we can draw from the lions on the proper use of willpower to achieve our goals.
1. Vision – See what you want to do.
2. Motivation – Encourage yourself to begin.
3. Responsibility – You are in charge.
4. Patience – Don’t give up, see it through.
5. Courage – Be brave in your quest.
6. Confidence – Stay cool. You’ve got this.
7. Action – Finish what you start.
Keep these things in mind as you climb the mountains of life and go after success. They will help you to keep the determination to utilize your willpower… when you think you’re falling. Know this, that the diﬀerence between those who are on top of the mountain looking down and those at the bottom looking up – wondering if they can make the climb – is how their WILLPOWER is used. And it’s this same willpower that gave them the drive and the determination to climb the mountain – at all costs.
Never Allow Your Critics To Define You
Failure has very little to do with your real value as a person. Therefore, if you want to succeed, you will first need to let go of your notion of what failure is all about… and fully believe in your abilities. To be successful… never accept defeat, or never allow anyone to define you by your weaknesses or struggles because you are so much more than what those things are.
Mountains are tough…and full of obstacles. No mountain in the entire world has a natural, smooth road with a straight and easy path to the top. Striving for success – just like mountain climbing – requires determination and some hard work. It involves getting around, going over, or removing many obstacles that may block your upward path.
“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be afraid you will make one continually.” ~ Elbert Hubbard
Get use to the fact that you will encounter similar diﬃculties, obstacles, and resistance from people and things on your way to success. If you cannot overcome them, your ambition will be defeated. You will quit the climb, discouraged; or will be driven back, and become frustrated by failure.
For sure, you will never be able to silence all of your critics. “You can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” Therefore, it’s good to know your value as an individual. Do not allow criticism to define your self-worth, but rather, focus on your strengths and attributes. Failure can and will cause you pain, now and then, but use it to your advantage. Learn from it… stay focused on your vision, and do not allow your dreams to slip away.
Many people, because of their insecurities, will say and do things to belittle you or to make themselves feel more significant. But, at all times, you have to be your own biggest fan! You might not be among the rich and famous… but, you are just as unique. Nobody is born with super-human-like toughness that shields them from disappointment, self-doubt or misgivings.
Everyone has to wage their inner battles with the fear of failure as they work hard to overcome the external obstacles that block their path to success. The one thing that diﬀerentiates successful people from ordinary people, however, is that they do not become a victim to their failures. When they fall down, they get back up. And when people tell them it can’t be done… instead of giving up, they try even harder.
Take Possession of Your Future
“It’s easy to dodge your responsibilities, but you cannot dodge the consequences of dodging your responsibilities.” And, the willingness to accept responsibility for your own life is the source from which greatness and self-respect blossoms.
RESPONSIBILITY is one of those words you’ve probably heard so many times from authority figures in your life… that you’ve developed a bit of an allergic reaction to it. Still, it’s one of the most important things you can do to take possession of your future. Without it as a foundation… nothing else in life works.You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by avoiding it today. You are responsible for your life, and your ultimate success depends on the personal choices you make. A sure sign of wisdom and maturity is when you come to terms with the realization that when you directly take responsibility for your decisions… it brings great rewards and positive consequences.
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, [and take responsibility for your actions], You will be successful.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
We form habits, and then our habits form us! Very often, though, people stand in their way… and in the way of their success. Somehow, they begin to self-sabotage or mentally hold themselves back in subtle or not so subtle ways – with self-doubt… when they should be on their way to success, they dream of. However, you should remember that success and action do not spring from thought, but from a readiness to take responsibility.
To eliminate your inner struggles, you have to feel and think that you deserve the things you are searching for in life. But the most significant impact by far comes from taking responsibility for yourself and your life… by trusting GOD and continue doing the right thing.
By taking responsibility for your life, you not only gain control of what happens, but it will also become more natural for you to feel like you deserve more in life as your self-esteem builds and as you do the right thing more consistently. You will also feel better about yourself – which is critically important.
You are a fantastic person! The best days of your life are ahead of you. But, it’s up to you what you do with your days. Take Possession of Your Future. Don’t allow life to lead you wherever it wants to lead you gradually. Be responsible! No matter what obstacles you face each day, aim to be… and to do your best with what you have at that moment. Always hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you.
FAILURE TO SEIZE OPPORTUNITIES
There is an old saying to the eﬀect that… “Opportunity only knocks once at our door”— but that is so, not true. Opportunity knocks at some people’s doors nearly every day of their lives and is given a royal welcome. That’s what Opportunity likes—appreciation. It often goes to the home where the latchstring hangs on the outside. It’s like a sign reading “Hot coﬀee at all hours, day or night”—very inviting. Very much diﬀerent, however, from the house whose windows shed no light and whose door is barred from within. “Nobody Home!” that’s the sign for this door.
Real opportunity knocks from within every single day. It often comes to us in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat. Each problem has hidden in it… an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs our problems. Through experience, built up by continuous eﬀort, we can allow our mind and vision to expand. With enough eﬀort, we will see the things we ought to do and we go for it! To the person who doesn’t see it… the opportunity does not exist.
For those of us who have vision, there are all sorts of opportunities, but many of them are not good for us. The ones we create for ourselves are healthy ones, and generally they are the best for us. When we take advantage of our opportunities, we will take great pride in our life-living and enjoy it even more. Every day, we must understand that everything we do is in direct relation to other things and dependent in part on other people. So, we should never think we can do things on our own without someone else’s help. GOD created life and opportunity… to help us form relationships with others; and not for us to mentally live in seclusion on our own private island.
Our biggest opportunities come from within us – hidden right under our nose. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity. And when we have built the right relationships and somehow plug-in the missing pieces to life’s puzzle to create our masterpiece, then we can smile and exhale… and proceed to laugh and live!