Adversity is a crazy thing – I am highly motivated to help those in need, while others couldn’t care less. I let myself have pity parties, I sobbed those big ugly tears that toddlers have perfected and the rest of us just imitate. I let myself wallow and then, while I dried my eyes and blew my nose, I reevaluated my plan. How did I get to this point where I felt so low? What might have caused it? What could I do differently? What wasn’t working and what was? Was there a possibility to come at this from an angle I hadn’t thought of before? Instead of being defeated, I used my anguish as fuel to refocus.
Rejection is never easy – I realized that there were going to be a never-ending line of people ready to tell me no and explain in detail why I couldn’t do something. I could accept that, which would mean giving up on my dream, or I could keep pushing forward.
Dealing with life’s difficulties, I developed an invaluable strength. My struggles taught me to be resourceful and find a way out of a situation. I knew that if I could constantly assure myself that I was going to get what I wanted, I’d have a much easier time maintaining my focus. I wrote down a quotation that I found to be motivational on a post-it and put it on my vision board opposite my bed. Such a quotation can be anything that can remind you of what you want and reaffirm what it is you’re doing. Mine is “Your suffering should drive you.”
It is never too early or too late to pursue an idea whose time has come. Never lose hope, work hard and pray for the strength to endure a tough one that leads to greatness.
So follow your heart, believe in yourself and take the leap.
Yes! Let’s do it! 👊
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