At times, it is so easy to just be a follower, or to just go through the motions of another day, but human nature doesn’t want that. As it is said in the movie, The Croods, “That isn’t living, that’s just not dying.” Is that how we want to spend the rest of our days? Human nature says we must progress, and that doesn’t happen by going through the motions. That doesn’t happen by just being a follower. Without progress, you cannot gain momentum in your life. You must establish and maintain your purpose. Without a purpose, you will lose sight of who you really are and be just like Grug in The Croods, searching for a cave to be comfortable and stating his motto, “never not be afraid.”
Surround yourself with the right people. We are surrounded by people who don’t believe in themselves and they express this by not believing in other people, such as family or friends. These are some of our closest people, which causes us to really weigh what they are saying to us. Example: if you come up with an innovative business idea, something that has never been done before, you want to tell people. You’re going to tell your family and closest friends what a great idea it is because a part of you just wants someone else to say that it’s a good idea and you should run with it. That’s what a great support system would do; however, our idealism would soon be crushed by realism. People start to tell you that it’s a bad idea, or you lack the courage or brains to complete the operation. They tell you that you won’t follow through hand that you should just stick to your 9 to 5 job and make that hard earned money like they did. At this point, you have 2 different options: listen to the negativity and be consumed by it or ignore it. These are people who care about you and don’t want to see you fail and they think by telling you not to do it, that they are saving you from failure, but through failure, breakthroughs are made. You cannot fear failure.
Speak it into existence. “Those who say they can and those who say they can’t are both right.”-Confucius. Whatever great idea you have, you need to speak it into existence. That does not mean tell everyone what you are going to do, that means make it happen. Rise and grind and make your ideas, your vision a reality. Show everyone through actions that you are a force to be reckoned with and that you will not cower in the shadows of others’ negativity. You must be the positive energy that everyone wants, but doesn’t know that they need.
Billy Alsbrooks preaches that average is like the plague. If you allow it to consume one part of you, it will consume your entire life. Negativity is the same way. You cannot let its darkness cover your light. You must allow your light to shine on it. Let your light be so bright that others go to you in order to get out of their own darkness. People surround themselves with similar minded people. If you are a negative person, you will attract negative people, but if you are a positive person, you will attract both. The negative person wants to win and they will come to you with their problems to show you how hopeless life is, but it will be up to your positive mindset to push through the negativity. Show them the light and if they don’t want to look at the light and want to try and turn it off, walk away. Don’t let it consume you. Give them the effort and if they don’t want the effort, move on. Other people DO want your help. Help those people.
Focus on your positive mindset this week. Write down both your positive thoughts on one paper and negative thoughts on the other. At the end of the week, take a lighter to your negative thoughts and continue to read the positive thoughts.
What’s your excuse?