Hello Everyone!!! I have been away from my safe place for far too long but I'm back. A huge THANK YOU goes out to everyone that has asked me to post something new. Also, THANK YOU to everyone who takes time out to read my writings, I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU ALL and I'm going to get back on track. Well without any further ado, here is my 1st post of 2014 called, "Where Are You Aiming?"…please indulge yourself in my thoughts…
"The Greatest Danger For Most Of Us Is Not That Our Aim Is Too High And We Miss It, But That It's Too Low And We Reach It."
Last month I found an email that I sent to myself while I was in my senior year of high school and it explained my future goals that I wanted to achieve. I read and laughed as I realized that my aim for my future was not only high, but it was very meticulous. I was 17 years old when I wrote that email and it was amazing to know that I embraced the "Shoot for the Stars" mindset. I also cried because as I read this email, I realized that I am not where I need to be or where I want to be. Sometimes life sends us so many curve balls that can knock us off track, but it's always up to us to decide if we'll get back on track or not. The last couple of years of my life haven't been clear, straight or revealing. Life has proven itself to be ever-changing in every way imaginable. I've realized that it's so easy to get complacent in an area, a position, a lifestyle, a mindset (and so on) that seems okay and comfortable, but every once in a while you have to evaluate where you are.
“All Who Have Accomplished Great Things Have Had A Great Aim, Have Fixed Their Gaze On A Goal Which Was High, One Which Sometimes Seemed Impossible.” – Orison Swett Marden
So that brings me to this…"Where Are You Aiming?" Are you satisfied with where you are in your life or are you searching for and wanting more? Do you feel like you're stuck with no alternate path in sight? Have you lost focus on your target, your goal or your dream? Again..."Where Are You Aiming?" These are the questions that have been floating around in my mind. I am not writing this post to give advice or seem like I have all the answers, I am writing this post because I too am lost in a sense and in need of motivation to get on track. I have lost my focus and my aim seems to be curved when it comes to shooting at my target/goal. So lately I have been in search of inspiration, desperate for encouragement, craving for guidance and yearning for direction. I've decided not to just stay in a place or a mindset of complacency because I truly want more in every aspect of my life. The roads that I've taken lately have been rough, but the struggles have taught me so much and have made me stronger. I’ve learned that in rough times you do things that you would never see yourself doing, so thinking about that has made me say to myself, “Well another hard road can’t hurt!” I think it’s time to get back to what you’re passionate about! Go after that goal that you've put on the back burner or that dream that you've pushed to the side. Refocus your aim to what was once your target. So one more time, “Where Are You Aiming?”
“Don’t Aim For Success If You Want It; Just Do What You Love And Believe In, And It Will Come Naturally.”
– David Frost
I read a lot of different things and this AWESOME article came to my attention that made me look at my life and realize there are some things that I will have to do to get to where I want to be. It's called “19 Hard Things You Need To Do To Be Successful”, written by Dan Waldschmidt (author of Edgy Conversations). So I'll end this post with these points from Dan Waldschmidt and I hope it sparks something in you to AIM HIGHER…
· You have to make the call you're afraid to make.
· You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.
· You have to give more than you get in return right away.
· You have to care more about others than they care about you.
· You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody, and sore.
· You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing it safe seems smarter.
· You have to lead when no one else is following you yet.
· You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is.
· You have to look like a fool while you're looking for answers you don't have.
· You have to grind out the details when it's easier to shrug them off.
· You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option.
· You have to search for your own explanations even when you're told to accept the "facts."
· You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot.
· You have to try and fail and try again.
· You have to run faster even though you're out of breath.
· You have to be kind to people who have been cruel to you.
· You have to meet deadlines that are unreasonable and deliver results that are unparalleled.
· You have to be accountable for your actions even when things go wrong.
· You have to keep moving towards where you want to be no matter what's in front of you.
You have to do the hard things. The things that no one else is doing. The things that scare you. The things that make you wonder how much longer you can hold on. Those are the things that define you. Those are the things that make the difference between living a life of mediocrity or outrageous success. The hard things are the easiest things to avoid. To excuse away. To pretend like they don't apply to you. The simple truth about how ordinary people accomplish outrageous feats of success is that they do the hard things that smarter, wealthier, more qualified people don't have the courage - or desperation - to do. Do the hard things. You might be surprised at how amazing you really are.
[You can read "19 Hard Things You Need To Do To Be Successful" by Dan Waldschmidt at http://www.businessinsider.com/hard-things-you-need-to-do-to-be-successful-2014-1]
You can also read more on Dan Waldschmidt's blog at http://danwaldschmidt.com/blog