We all face situations or circumstances in our lives that are unexpected. The unexpected is always feared, misunderstood and avoided because, like a child afraid of the dark, we constantly seek a night-light to illuminate what we don’t know.
Curveballs can get in the way of your self-motivation and will stop you from achieving your goals.
One of the best ways to handle the unexpected is to view yourself as the manager of your own life.
If you take control of the situation – you will discover that you can handle the curveball. You’ll see that as you pursue your goals it is not so much about how you fall as it is about how you get up.
From Chapter 8……
Hope lies in dreams, in imagination and inthe courage of those who dare to make dreamsinto reality.” – Dr. Jonas Salk
Achieving your goals take drive, dedication, determination, decisiveness and direction.
Often times it includes taking a risk. There are times when mustering up your courage and taking a step into uncertainty is the only way to achieve your goal.
By unlocking that vault of inner strength, you open up the treasure chest of your future where all things are possible.
It was Mark Twain who said “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.”
Be Bold and Courageous
From Chapter 7……
Fear is one of the greatest obstacles to self-motivation. Nothing can stop you more than fear from taking that risk that will help you reach your goals.
A proper mastery of yourself over your fears – a friendship if you will – is what drives us to overcome and achieve our goals.
There is a line in the Godfather in which Michael Corleone recounts how his father taught him to keep his friends close but his enemies (his fears) closer. This can be the key to your success if you can convert your fears from foe to friend.
As you push forward, remember the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt who said: “The only thing to fear is fear itself”.
Making Friends with Your Fears
From Chapter 6……
It is not always easy to be patient.
The ability to give yourself time to think gives you an enormous advantage. It is not always easy to pull yourself out of a situation and give yourself the right intellectual distance to truly assess what is happening.
In essence, patience is the ability to control your emotions, to wait without becoming anxious, annoyed or frustrated. It is recognizing that waiting is not always a negative, but that patience, is, as we all know, a virtue.