Every person who has ever achieved anything of value has done so in spite of the challenges standing in the way. You can do it too. You were born to solve problems. You’ve been doing it all your life. You’ll continue doing it every single day. Life is a continuing series of challenges. You cannot avoid challenges, but you can go a long way toward choosing your challenges, and toward choosing where those challenges will take you. The person who chooses the challenges of building a successful career will not have to deal with the challenges of living in poverty. The person who chooses the challenges of staying physically fit will not have to deal with the challenges of being unhealthy.
Rather than trying in vain to avoid difficulties, go out and grab on to those particular difficulties that will move you ahead. The most profitable challenges are those that come your way as a result of ambitious goals.
Those who succeed are those who succeed anyway. What does that mean? It means that there are countless reasons not to succeed, and that those who do enjoy success have made to choice to achieve in spite of the perfectly good reasons not to. Everyone gets discouraged. Some people quit, but winners succeed anyway. Everyone runs into difficulties. Some people quit, but those who reach their goals do so by succeeding anyway.
You have what it takes to achieve. Are you willing to do it? Or will you be content to just make up excuse after excuse, never expecting much of yourself and getting precisely what you expect?
Your life is a wonderful gift, the value of which is impossible to fully imagine. If someone gave you ten million dollars, would you do anything with it or would you just set it on the table and walk away. Your life is worth far more than ten million dollars, more than ten billion dollars. Are you going to just leave it on the table because you’re afraid of hurting your feelings or because you’re intimidated by the obstacles? Or will you expect the best of yourself, take control of your mind and your actions, relish the challenges, and work your way toward the achievements you truly desire?
The choice is entirely yours. The formula for success is a no-brainer — decide what you want to achieve, then you get up every morning, day after day, and work on it until it is done. It’s up to you to put that formula to work. Decide to make every moment count for something. Decide to put yourself in the driver’s seat of your own life. Decide to make the effort. There are plenty of reasons not to. Decide to succeed anyway, and drink in every wonderful thing your precious life has to offer.