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An executive had an interesting print hanging in his office. It depicted a large rowboat stranded on a beach. Two oars rested gently in the sand, with the ocean at low tide twenty or thirty feet behind it. The boat looked too heavy to drag, too big to move. It was just stuck there in the sand.
The picture wasn’t a thing of beauty. It wasn’t inspiring. In fact, it was depressing. Here was this boat created for the water, a very nice boat made to dance on top of the ocean waves, stuck in the sand.
But at the bottom of the picture was a small caption that gave meaning to the otherwise unremarkable picture. It read: “The tide always comes back.”
Take everything one day at a time.
It doesn’t matter how difficult your current situation is, you can get through it if you focus on what is happening at the present moment. In the movie Dinotopia, the instructor says, “You must face your fear if you are to overcome it. Fear is the future. There is no fear in the present. The present is only action and reaction.”
Forget the future and just get through each day, one day at a time. You can overcome anything that way.
“Welcome the Worst, It Will be Better!”
I am using the word “welcome” to mean don’t be afraid of the unknown! Don’t worry, laugh at your worries, there is a 75% chance they won’t happen, and only 25% that part (not all) of them will happen, but they will be better than you think!
Whatever you are worried about, face it! Exactly identify the worst thing that might happen! Not only welcome and accept the worst thing that could happen, but really write, down exactly what the worst thing might be. Embrace the very worst thing that could happen, because it usually won’t!
Let’s see, “If I start writing a daily blog, an invisible space alien will teleport themselves into my bedroom and eat me alive while I sleep.” Get real, it is not going to happen. Maybe 1 in a billion odds, or maybe zero. Think about it, the first bite, and you would likely wake up from the pain!
In order to have success, you have to dare to fail, don’t worry… Face the worst, accept it is the worst, then it will not be so bad, and it will likely not even happen!
You’re very close, when you want to quit.
“You are closer than you think, the second you feel like quitting.” ~ David Tait
An old Chinese proverb says, “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.” I believe it’s true and I love it!
Do what you love, no matter what it happens to be. Passion is everything. Follow this passion and do work that excites you.
“Don’t settle … as with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it,” is what Steve Jobs told Stanford University graduates in a commencement address in 2005.