Life is too short to think small and act with less risk. Many people can actually perform better than they think they can, but they usually do less. Why? Because You will never know how excellent you can become if you never try. Charles Schwaab once said that
“When a man has put a limit on what he will do, he has put a limit on what he can do”.
I once had a discussion with a colleague on certain things that could become productive and eventually a big asset. But his response shook me to my core. He did not only insist that he lacked the ability to perform in such a project, he gave several reasons why he would fail. Even my resolve to tutor or perhaps address any potential concerns was not enough to change his mind.
The fact is that if you stop seizing opportunities due to fear of failure, you will never be more than what you are. You have to put aside those negative thoughts. Negative thoughts will only restrict you and bury your potentials.
If you devalue your dreams, be rest assured that the world won’t raise their price. You will find that successful people are rarely realistic by other peoples standards.
The answer to your future lies within the confines that you are right now. According to John Mason,
“If you want to see if you can really swim, don’t frustrate yourself in shallow waters”.
Take Art Sepulveda’s advice, “Be a history maker and a world shaker”. Move out of your comfort zone to succeed.
I don’t believe that there is actually any challenge that cannot be surpassed or any task too big to be surmounted. I don’t agree with the theory that poverty is a necessity in life. Former UN Secretary General, Dag Hammarskjold pondered,
“is life so wretched? Is it rather your hands that are too small, your vision which is muddled? You are the one who must grow up.”
Award winning (Golden Globe) actress Gloria Swanson said, ‘Never say never. Never is a long, undependable thing, and life is too full of rich possibilities to have restrictions placed upon it.”
To believe an idea is impossible is to make it so. I like what French writer Gabril Victor Mirabeau said when he heard the word ‘impossible’, he said, “Never let me hear that foolish word again.’
Learn to turn those ‘What if it fails’, ‘What if it doesn’t go well’ questions into ‘What if it goes well’, ‘What if it succeeds’.
Michelle Obama once said, ‘Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.’
Somebody is always doing what somebody else said couldn’t be done. Dare to think unthinkable thoughts. Develop an infinite capacity to ignore what others think can’t be done.
Let me conclude in the words of John Mason, “No one can predict to what extent you can soar. Even you will not know until you spread your wings.”
Opeyemi is a Motivational Writer and Editor. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Bowen University.
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