Face your fears and fight your fears. Don’t you ever give up. This is your life. You are the one who decides your outcome. The past is not meant to hold you back but to prepare you for a great destiny. Your best days are ahead of you. Lift your head high and rise up to the occasion. It is going to be a crazy ride but in the end it will all be worth it.
“Trials, temptations, disappointments — all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fiber of a character, but strengthen it. Every conquered temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.” – James Buckham
RISE UP AND STEP OUT OF THE PAIN BOX!
What does it mean to be inside a mental mind-box? It’s being mentally trapped on account of not having expanded your independent mind. It’s letting your past control your future. It is letting others tell you how to be and act, overpowering you through manipulation and guilt. It’s when fear of failure makes you sweep your ideas, whether brilliant or outlandish, back under the rug. It’s when every time you want to try something new, your mind builds a wall to barricade you in.
There is freedom found in “the box of life,” and it’s a box without walls. So many people are held back by fear. Fear is nothing more than a thought.
Fear is meant to hold you back. Fear makes us uncomfortable with trying something “outside the box.” We seem to place limitations on ourselves, afraid of both the possible and the impossible. Why is this? In a few words, fear of failure, rejection, and what others might think of us. We need to overcome these mental blocks, busting right through them. As Brendan Francis said, “Many of our fears are tissue paper thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.” Once you develop the habit of overcoming limiting thoughts, you will be on your way to an action-packed life.
I came from a failing background in foster care, but once I got past the fear of being a failure as a child, the only way I could go was up. I once heard Dr. Wayne Dyer state “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” How true that is! So what if you have bad habits, lack of drive, or have endured a life of tragedy? We need to think of these situations as teachers that aid us in improving our character. Throughout my life, I’ve taken the opportunity to learn lessons from hard knocks. I wouldn’t be writing this book if I never learned, or wasn’t able to move along in a forward, positive direction. Even when we have every advantage in this life, we often choose not to advance in a positive direction.
If we look at ourselves as action-takers and winners, we will no longer settle for a life filled with the “Poor Me Syndrome.” When we box ourselves in, allow dreams to fade away, or let the world set limits to what we deserve, we become nothing more than robots with no purpose but to breathe in air and do just enough to get by. Most people want to make a difference in both their lives and the lives of other people, but lack a plan of action. Guess what? The plan will not drop onto your lap and say “Here I am!” You have to make the map yourself. It is going to be a crazy maze, but once you have activated your passion, set your purpose, made your goal, then your map and compass will show you true north. The beauty of taking responsibility for the direction of your life is that nobody will ever hold you back again. Today is your day to start a new life. It is all starts with your attitude. Make the best of it, and life will deliver something great to you.
Written by Motivational Speaker Derek Clark