“We must all suffer from one of two pains: The pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”
“You can only be successful when your life is aligned with your core values.”
To improve your life, you must cut through the noise and go deep within. No one else can tell you what you should do, not society, not your family. Nobody will tell you to follow your passion, either. Most of the time, they’ll dissuade you from doing so. Only you have the power to make your vision happen.
Nobody told me to create my website or write books. Nobody suggested that I quit my secure corporate job to build a speaking and consulting business. I’d even bet that most of the people I know didn’t think I would make it. ( 7 years full-time now and still rockin & rollin…… )
The same probably goes for you. As you choose to follow your passion, you’ll start scaring many people who, subconsciously, don’t want you to succeed. Your success would make them question the choices they make, such as staying at an unfulfilling job or giving up on their dreams. If you fail, it will validate their decision to avoid risk and play it safe. It is for this reason that they have a vested interest in seeing you fail. It’s nothing personal; it’s just how the human mind works. They will often try to dissuade you by telling you that you have to be “realistic.” Ignore them! Why would you listen to average people telling you to be realistic? Instead, start thinking and behaving like people who have what you want. Surround yourself with these people, either online or in real life by having mentors, coaches, or friends that have already achieved the goals you’re trying to reach.
Bear in mind that going the extra mile might mean you have to let go of some of the people in your life. That’s the price of greatness! Believe it – You Have Greatness Within You!