I’m still stuck on the theme of new beginnings. In my last post, Spring: A Day for New Beginnings, I suggested we spring clean our lives, ridding ourselves of the “should haves” that bog us down. I offered ideas of things we could do, or think about, that would give us a fresh start.
Today I’m inspired to take this thought a bit farther. This morning I tweeted a quote by Golda Meir:
…Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.
What possibilities do you see within yourself? A new career, degree, invention, or talent are a few examples of the dreams people push aside, using work, family commitments, finances, and life in general as an excuse. I believe the real reason we don’t pursue new levels of achievement is because we don’t trust our capabilities.
Self-doubt is a crippler, preventing us from even trying to move forward. If you are still “spring cleaning” your life I want you to sweep away that self-doubt. Believe that you can achieve whatever you desire. Begin with small steps, fanning the tiny inner sparks. Think about a goal and plan the stages that would get you on your way. It may take months, years, or a lifetime, but if you believe in yourself those tiny sparks will someday burst into flames of achievement.
The first part of Meir’s quote is:
Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life.
Even if you never fully achieve that goal, the process of trusting in yourself and fanning that spark will create a feeling of fulfillment. You will know you lived your life actively pursuing your dreams instead of making excuses for sweeping them under the carpet.
Wouldn’t you rather look back on your life knowing you tried rather than doubting your ability? And it is very likely that you will achieve your goal.
Today I’m thinking, with pride, of two young people who both faced adversity, experienced self-doubt, and yet continued to fan their sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.
Give it a try. Trust yourself. You can do it, I know!