It is said that an average human being can have between 25,000 to 70,000 thoughts a day. Imagine how many of those are negative thoughts. How many times you are subconsciously telling yourself that you can’t accomplish this. You can’t do that. It will never work.
I had a difficult background, filled with no concrete role model and a lot of figuring out things on my own. I am honestly not unlike many other kids who had to fend for themselves during their adolescents. Sure, I had my father and step-mother, but there was not a lot of child rearing and teaching lessons.
I had to fend for myself. I didn’t hear a lot of “great job” and other accolades. It was as if I was expected to achieve greatness and success with no blueprint or example to go off of. Saying it was tough would be an understatement.
My attitude and outlook became very pessimistic and I was depressed. This went on for the first ten years of my military career. But when I finally got fed up with living a mediocre existence, I changed. It honestly took seeing other people happy and enjoying their life. What’s the difference between me and them?
They didn’t wallow in self-pity. They worked hard and enjoyed the process, keeping their goals in the front of their mind. The progressed past me in rank and responbility. All because they had the right attitude. That of perseverance.
See, I had a bright future with a good career. I just let the dark clouds and obstacles get in the way. When I mapped out my plan it made it easier to seek out people who could aid me in my journey. My biggest problem is I compared my life with theirs. My happiness to theirs. Bad idea. Success is ultimately an individual thing. I need to do the physical and mental work to achieve it. Only I would get the emotional high of achievement when it was done.
The last ten years of my career flew by when I changed. But I remember it like it was yesterday because I was happy. I got out of a marriage that I wasn’t fully invested in and have a wonderful family now. And when the military wasn’t fun anymore, I retired. Best decision ever because I found my first love again: writing.
Surround yourself with the right people. People who have no negative thoughts prevalent in their mind. You ever walked into a room and there was someone else there, but they weren’t in a good mood? You can feel the tension and bad aura. You just want to leave the room so it doesn’t rub on you.
Map out what needs to be done. Share it with those closest to you, but you do the work. You climb the damn obstacles. And be optimistic in the pursuit of your greatness. I am rooting for you.