The difference between being great and being ordinary is often as simple as taking advantage of the opportunities that present themselves. Greatness is never handed to you it is something that have to go out and achieve. Surprisingly the opportunities for greatness abound not so surprisingly those opportunities are often not taken advantage of. The leading culprit is fear. Fear of failure, fear of rocking the boat, fear of stepping out of the box you live in. In order to fly you can’t be afraid to step off the cliff. The second leading culprit is lack of commitment. The commitment to succeed is as important as overcoming the fear to try. You have to appreciate the opportunity that has presented itself to you and be willing to work hard to achieve it. If you don’t work hard then you are willing throwing away the opportunity for greatness. Desire, fearlessness and hard work are the keys to success and if you have all three you may just find that you’re great.
The Rolling Stones once sang “You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometime you find you get what you need”. These words could not ringer truer in our live. Many times we doubt our ability to reach our full potential. We shy away from “going for it” either thinking we can’t do it, others telling us we can’t do it or simply a matter of fearing we will fail in trying to do it. This results in lost opportunities not only the opportunity of reaching the goal at the end of the journey but the opportunities that inevitably present them along the way. By not even trying we cheat ourselves of the chance to dream big by taking advantage of the possibilities life presents us. Possibilities we may not have known were out there but offer so much potential once we discover them.
Life is complicated in order to be truly happy we live for today while simultaneously planning for a better tomorrow. Acting on the new and exciting possibilities presented to us each day always with an eye on the future. We understand that those possibilities can be fleeting. If we sit back and don’t act decisively in the here and now we risk squandering them. We also understand that opportunities are seldom random, they come to those who create them. To create them we need to plant the seeds of opportunities through meticulous planning. Doing so today will permit us to enjoy the fruits of our labor tomorrow.
Self Confidence – check
Fearlessness – check
Optimism – check
Work ethic – not so much
Nothing in life just happens, successful people go out and make it happen. Just because you believe you deserve something are fearless enough to pursue it and optimistic enough to believe that the universe is going to give it you doesn’t mean it’s going to happen without you have the passion and the focus to roll up your sleeves and sweat to make it happen.