I thought I never could.
But I tried (and tried… and failed… and tried),
And eventually, I did.
Okay, so I won’t take the whole credit for this quote, because there are so many on this topic, as are so many lectures and self-help books for you to indulge in should you want some inspiration… but hey, here’s another one!
Sometimes, I look back on the things I’ve done so far in my life, and feel extremely proud of myself for what I have been able to achieve on the way, and how hard I worked for it.
We all have that moment don’t we, no matter how big or small the achievement. Graduating high school, getting into university, graduating university, getting a job, fighting a disease, running a marathon. The list is endless regarding how you as an individual can feel proud of yourself.
With that in mind, think now, how many of those things you initially though are things that you wold never be able to do?
Go back to that time, when you looked at where you were, and then you looked at the goal you’ve set yourself for the future, and think “how am I going to achieve this?”. But time passed, and you found yourself working day in and day out to achieve it and in the end, you completed it. It became on of your many accomplishments.
Naturally, writing this down on paper is so much easier than the actual process. it’s difficult not because the task you set yourself is too big ( I don’t think any task is too big if your heart and soul is in it), but because most of the time, you can’t actually see the progress you’re making, and worse, sometimes you feel like you’re regressing. It’s hard because you have to motivate yourself on days you feel de-motivated, and because sometimes you have to sacrifice having a good time to what’s best for you. But a goal is something you set for yourself because it means something to you, and that alone has a lot of strength to keep you at it. The occasional reminder you get from your diary, or friends and family as to why you started this journey in the first place is the very energy that pushes you on. So you stick to your plan, schedule, timeline and continue (however grudgingly) until one day, out of the blue, you realise that you’ve reached it.
All of a sudden, it’s results day and you realise that you’ve graduated and been accepted at a university or at a job, or its race day and you ran your miles and crossed the finish line. Perhaps you’ve been battling and illness, and after the long hard battle, you’re told that you’re in remission. All of a sudden it dawns on you in that one tiny moment that this was all possible because you tried, you fought, even though you thought it was never going to happen. And because of that, that one tiny moment becomes one unforgettable achievement in life.
Like I said, today I was doing some self-reflection and this very thought popped in my mind. There are many things that I have managed to do, which I thought I couldn’t. I tried, and failed, I cried, and tried, fell many times (sometimes literally) but got back up and kept going. All of which has allowed me to become the person I am right now. So I am extremely grateful.
But I was also simultaneously motivated (as I hope you will be too). There are still many things that I want to pursue, many things that I feel are just “dreams”. But these “dreams” will hopefully turn into realistic goals, and if I take things one step at a time, will also hopefully turn into things that were dreams but then became reality.
In the end, it’s never too late to start something, and if you find what you are passionate about, it’s important not to let it go. Know how much it means for you to achieve it, and that will make it ten times easier to keep going when the going gets tough.
Also, always, always celebrate each and every achievement you have accomplished because they are evidence to the hard work you put in. And also, keep in mind, that goals and achievements are personal. You don’t have to be a CEO or a multi-millionaire to consider yourself successful, because every day you lead where you wake up and did what you planned to do to take that one step forward, is in itself successful. You make the goals, you defy your own expectation and you progress. Own that life!
So here’s to us, everyone all around the world, working hard towards our goals. x