At times I compare life to a boxing match, sometimes you feel like you keep getting knocked down every time you try to raise yourself up.
Does that mean you should not try, that you should give up on your dreams? Hell No!
Think back to when you were young and you had all those dreams and aspirations, you were going to do all those wonderful things with your life… ‘What happened?’
Do not let your past or present day life challenges rob you of your dreams.
Whatever your age or circumstances, it’s not too late, many people have realised their aspirations much later in their life than they had planned and also after many seemingly insurmountable setbacks.
There are two words that have helped motivate me to always strive and achieve.
I first heard them as a young boy. I was someone always full of enthusiasm and energy, eager to discover the possibilities that life held for me. I would spend time with adults listening to them tell stories of their life and adventures.
I wanted to know what I could achieve, what mark I could make on the world. I wanted to stand on the shoulders of those who came before me and rise to greater heights.
It was during this period of my life that I discovered two small words that were to help inspire me to make the most out of my life. What I discovered was that many of the adults I was talking to were if only’ people. By this I mean they would continually say, ‘If only I had done this in my life or if only I had done that, then my life would have been so different.’
‘If only’s‘ were met with an inquisitive, ‘Why didn’t you do it?’ from me. Which would usually be answered with, ‘I do not know why’ or ‘I just did not believe I could’ or ‘I would have, but.’
I made a commitment that I would not grow old and become an if only’ person. I was going to become someone that does far more than he says. I was going to discover, develop and use all my natural gifts and talents and make best use of all the opportunities life sent my way.
We are all born unique with gifts and talents that we can use to make our mark on the world. However, if you are afraid, hesitant or procrastinate in using and developing those gifts and talents you will never manifest the greatness that is inside you, yearning to reveal itself to the world.
If you neglect your gifts and talents, like an unused muscle they will waste away. If you have a special talent, nurture it. If you have a business idea, develop it. If there is something you have always wanted to do in your life, just do it.
‘If only’ people reflect back and wish they had, you will look back and be glad you did. Make a commitment today to never live by other people’s limitations and to stop looking for excuses why you cannot and seek reasons why you can, must and should.
Consider the words of H. Jackson Brown, Jr, ‘Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.’
So make a commitment today, to make the most all of your opportunities.
It’s good to share. Your thoughts and comments are always welcome.
Have a phenomenal week
For more information on Ken visit www.kenbarnes.co.uk