It’s better to be your genuine self and have fewer of the right kinds of people in your life than it is to surround yourself with those who only accept you as long as you conform to their idea of who you should be.
Life isn’t just about accomplishments, it’s about experiences. It’s about the stories of our lives. You don’t have to reach the top of a mountain to have a great story about trying to get there. Seek interesting experiences that make great stories.
As one year ends and another begins, let us move forward with an open mind, an open heart, and enduring hope for the wondrous possibilities that lie before us.
But let us do so wisely and without blinders on.
Because although the year ahead may be great, it will not be without its challenges. We will be tested in ways we cannot foresee. But with every challenge comes an opportunity for us to demonstrate our strength, patience, tolerance, and resolve.
Every surprise that the coming year has in store for us is an opportunity to show that we’ve grown. That we’re stronger. And that we are ever bridging the gap between the person we are and the person we wish to be.
Let us remember that it is through the process of overcoming challenges that we develop strength. And that every time we face temptation, heartache, friction, or failure it is an opportunity for us to act in ways that we can be proud of.
No matter what life has in store for us, let this be a year of love, encouragement, and forgiveness — of others and ourselves.
Let it see us act bravely, boldly, and taking consistent action towards our goals. Let it see us correct our bad habits and add to our good ones — making us healthier, happier, and more capable of living the kind of life we desire. Let is see us push forward into the new year knowing that we are not only capable of handling every adversity that lies ahead, we can do so in a way that makes us better.
And because we know that life isn’t always easy, let us remember to not just be there for those that we know, but also for those that we don’t.
People often demonstrate their suitability for a job by the amount of effort & enthusiasm they invest to get it.
If you put in a minimal amount of effort to get a job, expect a minimal amount of results.
Never underestimate the power of a well written cover letter. Your cover letter is one place where what you say and how you say it can make you to stand out more than applicants who have more experience or better qualifications. Because, it’s easier to train people to do a job than it is to train them to be passionate or enthusiastic about it.
Life is a journey. It’s hard to accurately assess where you are when your present vantage point doesn’t allow you to see the progress you’ve made or provide a glimpse of the good things yet to come. When you don’t like the view, keep climbing.
Comparing your journey to someone else’s or trying to follow someone else’s footsteps to get to where they got – only to end up with different results – is often extremely discouraging.
Understand that you can follow someone else’s path and still not end up where they did because you are not them – your life experiences are not the same, your resources are not the same, the timing of your progress is not the same, and the possibilities that existed for them are not the same possibilities that exist for you.
You are on your timeline, not someone else’s. This means that even if you copy every step that someone else took to get somewhere in life, your results will vary. That’s life. It’s not something to feel bad about.
The path you’re on is your own. As such, the heights you reach are dictated by the steps you take, not the steps that someone else took before you.
When you are feeling weak, always take a moment to remind yourself that you are a survivor of every hardship you’ve ever faced in life. You’ve consistently overcome the worst that life has thrown your way, year after year after year.
No one feels strong 100% of the time. Even the people you look up to and respect most in the world have been knocked down, felt unwell, or needed time to just breathe.
Life can be hard – resist the urge to beat yourself up further when it is. It’s ok to not be ok. Give yourself the time & mental space necessary to get better by refusing to focus on things that make you feel worse.
You will overcome whatever you are dealing with now, as you have with everything you’ve previously faced. This is but a very small part of your life. In the grand scheme of things, you’re doing ok. Keep going.