We’ve all seen those inspirational videos. Those motivational speeches by successful people telling us their story. Whether a moment they passed through that changed their mindset, or the hardship and hard work you have to go through in order to achieve something… they’re all the same. Hard work + plus determination, persistence, willingness to fail, and growth = success. No secret there right? Easy! Or is it?
They have a way of making us feel inspired. A way of making us question everything we do, or everything we want to do in our lives. The issue is that often times many of us are filled with an immediate sense of inspiration, that quickly dies down. We begin to feel inferior to such people, for one reason or another. Some think their aspirations and dreams are not attainable, or that they somehow don’t have what it takes to achieve them. It becomes easy to categorize such speeches as “inspirational” without them actually affecting our lives. So how do we remedy this?
The truth is that they are all the same. While the plot, path, product, company, whatever it might be, may be different, ultimately all those stories are the same. The trap many of us fall into, however, is saying just that. Too often we glorify such people, in a way that allows us to use that barrier as an excuse for us not to progress. The real secret is that no matter who the speaker is, you can’t count on them to make that shift for you. What changes isn’t the speech, but rather your reaction to the speech. How many of us take the things they say seriously? How many of us take risks as drastic as they tell us we should? Not many. If we have a vision, a willingness to learn from failure, and the willpower to actually make concrete changes in our lives, we can all attain the dreams we want to…
The key is to stop watching others succeed, and start to succeed for ourselves. It all begins with allowing that feeling you have in your heart, to come through and manifest itself.
As I’ve said before, standing on the edge of something exciting isn’t doing it… take that leap of faith. (I didn’t jump into the water, and I regret it).
Believe in the power of your dream…#zuluechoinitiative