Along life's journey we continue to learn - and to un-learn because through the years all of us have absorbed some supposed 'truisms' that we later find out aren't true! Today I thought I'd share a bit of my un-learning:
1. Success is limited by your background, upbringing and financial condition. – Not True!
The real truth is that success has a multi-part definition. If you are devoting your time to putting your unique talents and skills to work, being diligent and conscientious, you are a success already, whether or not anyone else applauds you. The real truth is that if you are not working toward your dream, it's not your bank account's fault, it's not your parents' fault, it's yours! Take resonsibility and go for it! The real truth is that success is not an overnight wonder! It takes time, commitment, energy and diligence. The real truth is that if you are willing to spend whatever time it takes to live your life like most people don't, then you will be successful and you will then be able to live the rest of your life like most people can't.
2. Courage means you never have to be afraid – Not true! THe first time I stood before a crowd of several hundred people to deliver a lecture, I was terrified. Courage does not mean you're never afraid. Courage means you conquer the fear and do it anyway! Along the way if have a failure here and there, courage means you get up and keep going. Courage means you never let fear take over your life.
3. Pain is your enemy – Not True! Some of the greatest lessons I've learned in life have come through a painful event or circumstance. To become what you dream is a worthwhile struggle. Olympic competitors don't wear the gold by spending more time watching movies than working hard to achieve their dream. Ask them sometime about pain - literally. Every muscle in their body aches along the way but they learn from the pain how to excel. The only time pain becomes your enemy is if you refuse to learn the wisdom it is trying to teach you. And, PS - it's OK to cry when you need to.
4. Once you reach a certain age, it's too late - Not True! That's one of the most debilitating beliefs anyone can have. History is replete with 'late bloomers'. Moses didn't embark on his life calling until he was 80; Louise Hays wrote her first book at the age of 50, founded a publishing house at age 58 and at 87 is still traveling the world giving lectures. My question to you is: Since when has age ever been a deterent for using your talents and gifts? If God could use Moses at 80 to lead a nation out of slavery, we have no excuse!
Dream big, live life in vivid color and impact your world for good! Let's do it!