As a human being, it's inevitable that we end up making up stories about others (good, bad and indifferent!). The question is what you do with those stories. Do you use them as a source of inspiration and goal setting, or as a source of self-criticism?
The common line of thought coming from the media is that our generation wants more than we "deserve" -- that we're not willing to work for it. Our elders compare us to generations of the past. We don't have any grit or follow through, they say.
So a couple of weeks back I made a video talking about my college experience. The motive behind me doing this video was to not only educate people on my experience, but to also inspire and educate other people that may be going through the same thing.
Today I want to talk about one thing that could be stopping you from achieving success: Dragons!
No, I'm not talking about the kind of dragons that swoop down to save Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones.
Notwithstanding the professional help that needs to be sought in cases of addiction and other such critical issues, family and friends frequently find they must offer some response of support and will be on the front line to many a crisis.
While 99% of the population is going to work every day, trading their time for money...there's a special group of "in the know" people who are waking up to a world of financial potential that most people don't know is possible.
It's easy to slip into the mindset of owning a disease or illness, but it's far more rewarding to reclaim some of your health through a positive attitude just by not staking a claim when you say the name of the illness.
Approaching my 55th birthday I said a prayer, 'Please let true love come into my life at this stage of my journey.' A couple of years later I was on a plane headed home from a speaking engagement in Chicago. A few minutes later, with cellphone in hand, a tall handsome gentleman strode up the aisle.
Ever had a thought ... I'd love to do this or that but it's too late, I'm too old, I'd have one foot in the grave by the time I finished studying, training, building or beginning and competing with folks 30 or 40 years my junior.
"If you obligate yourself to think positively or risk feeling like a moral failure, you may not respond so positively to this unfair requirement. You want positive thinking and success to be a healthy choice, not a burden."
Most men shop for need and women shop for emotion. We browse and they buy! I love to see everything even if I don't need anything. My mailbox is filled with catalogs that fill me with excitement. They are placed in a bowl by the couch just waiting for the time I can relax and flip pages.
Perhaps the best thing about inspiration is the deep feeling of focus and clarity you feel when you externalize your reasons for doing something and attribute your work to some source besides your own mind.
We may know of 1,000 success and happy-ending stories for others -- but where do we pull our energy from when we truly feel like giving up? I've got four ways to hang in there when the going gets tough.