Today is a brand new day. Every day you wake up is like a fresh white canvas ready to be painted upon. How have you painted the pictures of all your yesterdays? And how are you going to paint all your tomorrows? A good indication is how you paint your todays.
I have found that being grateful for the air I breathe allows me to put my life in perspective. It inspires me to get the most out of every day. As far as I know, I have one life to live. I intend to live it. Time and time again, I have seen people who have died long before they’re actually dead and in the grave. They are living miserable lives, but why? Because they hold onto something—some pain, some insecurity, some fear or some hatred—that will not allow them to live their life to the fullest. It’s like they are dead, yet living, a zombie.
I believe there is a reason why they are not living life to their fullest potential. There is even a word for it: pity. Or better yet, living a pitiful life, a life full of excuses. These people think, “Oh I can’t do that, I am not good enough, I am a loser, it will never work for me, etc….” They adopt this way of thinking, and it literally controls them, warping every aspect of their life. They become limited instead of limitless.
Say to yourself right now: “I AM LIMITLESS! NOTHING CAN HOLD ME BACK! I HAVE ENDLESS POTENTIAL AND ENDLESS ENERGY! I CAN DO ANYTHING I PUT MY MIND TO!”
Don’t ever let an excuse steal victory from out of your hands. Attachment to your problems steals far more from your life than you might imagine. Instead of being attached to your problems, why not strive to nurture an attachment to your dreams? A human being only has so much energy, a limited amount. Where we direct our mental and emotional resources directly impacts our lives. Dwelling on problems and making excuses only brings despair, depression and exhaustion. Dreams bring hope and energy. Having dreams to strive for will literally change your entire life. Excuses do nothing but steal from your greatness. Look around you; the world is full of excuses.
Most of the excuses I hear have to do with FEAR. Did you know that becoming a champion at something starts in the mind, in your own thoughts? A champion’s mentality starts with an inner belief that he or she can be better than the best, by being faster, smarter and stronger. They are determined. They believe it, speak it, practice it, and live it. In this life, everyone is born with the potential to be a champion. But somewhere along the way, people allow others to break down their dreams. They allow others to destroy their belief in themselves. These negative people try to replace others God-given gifts, talents and abilities with fear, a sense of defeat, laziness, and feelings of worthlessness. What these negative people don’t understand is that the gifts of the soul can never be taken away. They can be wasted, but the soul is resilient and will bounce back. If you are in tune with your own spirit and soul, you will be able to bounce back, and your inner greatness will always overcome your weakness. Your difficulties were not meant to defeat you.
Everyone has a destiny, but you must be ready to work hard to achieve it. The level and intensity of your destiny is determined by the level and intensity of your own desire. Some work hard to build theirs; others destroy their own destiny through laziness. Your destiny will be a direct reflection of your efforts. I don’t believe your destiny will simply come to you. You have to exercise will, you have to go out and get it. You have the tools within you to have a purpose and persevere until you reach it.
Never Give Up!
Find out more about Derek Clark at www.IWillNeverGiveUp.com and www.FosterCareSuccess.com
Great post! Truly what every one needs every now and then is some motivation. Motivation gives out a lot, especially to those weak willed. You may not know how far you have helped with some encouragement and motivation you give to others.
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As a former foster care youth, I can appreciate what Derek has been through. I lost my family at five years old to harsh shunning from the Amish community. My parents were not equipped to function in the modern world and I was eventually placed in the system. My foster parents were not always able to relate and I was moved around several times. I always had hope however, that I could make a better life for myself and I know I have. Its nice to see another former foster youth doing the same. Thank you for sharing your story Derek!! I love hearing it!
Thank you Melissa! I enjoy sharing my motivational and inspirational message. We all have the power to create our destiny and sometimes we just need a little hope to start that spark of believing in our greatness! You Rock!
Hi Lizzie, That is awesome that you also have thrived while in care. We are not survivors but rather conquerors! Remember that what has happened to you is not as important as what has happened inside of you. Never let the inner me become the enemy. I love that quote that says that you can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one. You Rock!