If you were playing Candy Crush on your phone and failed to win the level, would you give up? Delete the app from your device? Would you call yourself a failure, decide to quit forever, and plop on the couch with a pint of ice cream and binge the newest Netflix series? Or would you try again, and again, and again until you succeeded? I’m guessing it’s the latter.
So, why is it when we attempt something meaningful, like earning a degree, losing weight, finding a better job, or living our dream life, we allow the first roadblock to undermine our intentions? We accept the first rejection as proof positive that we are not worthy of success. We settle for mediocrity, plodding along in a series of depressing, unfulfilling days that morph into a life where we no longer dare to dream. We pin our dismal existence on convenient scapegoats. We blame the unreasonable professor, your genetically slow metabolism, a challenging economy, and lack of opportunities.
Maybe it’s time to look in the mirror. Difficult times come, but they do not come to stay. They come to pass. Other people’s opinions do not define you. You determine your value, and you have the power to decide you are unstoppable in your quest. The result is undeniable when you believe you are unbeatable. The choice is yours, and it is as simple as taking a single step, now, today, tomorrow, and repeating the process until you win.
What first step will you take today?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer