Everyone has dreams and goals. However, not everybody lives their dream. Such is the reality of life, but it does not have to be a reality for you. Believe it or not, you have greatness in you. We all do because the ability to realize our full potential is directly powered by our attitude and the way we handle ourselves in front of adversities. Every so often you will hear someone say “I did not make it because the deck was stacked against me…” – that is an excuse, maybe even a good one, but it is not true.
Most people fail to achieve their greatness not because life handed them a bad hand, but simply because they adopted the wrong attitude.
In the words of Les Brown, “Just because fate doesn’t deal you the right cards, it doesn’t mean you should give up.” When you speak the right words and cultivate a different mindset, you can reach your desired altitude regardless of the circumstances.
The way by which we operate as humans is a manifestation of what we believe is possible for us. It begins with the words that you say with your lips, these are a representation of what you believe with your heart. This belief acts on the subconscious mind and transforms into a series of behavioral patterns that form your attitude. People with the right attitude react positively to whatever life throws at them. For some, it can take a while, but with consistency, they do manage to overcome their adversities. Often, when you overcome your adversities, you achieve great heights, greater than you could have imagined for yourself.
Oprah Winfrey faced a lot of adversities in her life. Before she became the Oprah that everyone in the world knows and adores now, she was an ‘ordinary’ woman. She went through the highest forms of body shaming and abuse, racial abuse, and was even sexually abused by some members of her family. She never let all this get in the way of her dreams and goals. She turned each and every adversity thrown at her, into a personal triumph and developed the attitude of a true winner. With a great attitude and tenacity, Oprah Winfrey managed to excel in everything she did. She graduated high school as an honors student, earned a full scholarship to college, rose through the ranks of television to become a global personality that everyone looks up to.
That is the kind of attitude that one must adopt to reach great altitudes. It begins by changing the way you speak about yourself and then changing the way you react to events, whether good or bad. If you truly want to live your dreams, you must confess with your mouth that it is “POSSIBLE” and believe with your heart that indeed you have greatness within you. You must be relentless in your approach and refuse to lose momentum in your pursuit of success.
J.K. Rowling, a well-known author went through many disappointments before she managed to sell her first novel. While recovering from a divorce, Rowling was surviving on government aid with barely enough to feed her baby. She could not afford to buy a computer or to foot the cost of photocopying her first book. She did not let these challenges stop her. Instead, she sat down and typed with her own hands, each copy that she sent to potential publishers. Even then, many publishers rejected her manuscript. However, she did not allow those rejections to stop her from reaching her desired altitude. She persisted until an eight-year-old girl, daughter of CEO to a small publishing company called Bloomsbury gave her a breakthrough.
We can all reach our desired altitude if we try relentlessly- The key is adopting the right attitude and encourage yourself to keep going after your dreams. Remember, the words you choose to say or write, translate into an attitude which then enables or disables your ability to go after your dreams. Choose carefully the words you focus on because what you focus on, expands into your reality.
If you choose to focus on negative words, it will only hinder your progress and prevent you from reaching your desired altitude. So choose to focus on positive words, and unlock your progress to reach your desired altitude!
Best to you,
Tony Ramos from Minds Valley
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