There really is no place more excelling to spend a minute or two to reflect on your life and how far you have travelled towards your goals than on the summit of a mountain. In the light of the sun you can feel your feet planted firmly on the ground; equipoising your soul. The rays of the sun radiate from the crown of your head, right down to the core of your bones; shipping waves of positivity through the soles of your feet and into the earth. The land around you becomes saturated with alacrity and overwhelming peace. The rocky climb you have taken to reach the summit lies before your eyes, at this moment in time you feel on top of the world, literally. It is the here and now when I began to realise that there are many things in this life which aren’t as important as we make them out to be, they are not the be all and end all, and the world certainly will not come to an end if we fail to meet a given deadline, arrive to work 15 minutes late or get a bad grade on an exam. These things in life do not define us. But rather there are much more important things in this world which we should be focusing our attention on, things that we seem to forget and take for granted amid the hustle and bustle of life. It is these things we need to remind ourselves of.
Something that my Dad said to me yesterday triggered an array of thought processes in my mind; it was this poignant quote which transformed my brain from a dilapidated dead sea into an underwater cyclone. Sometimes I think it is important to be reminded by the reasons of why we do what we do, it helps us stick to the track ahead of us and reemphasises the goals we hope to achieve at the end of our continuous journey.
“Our words become our attitude, our attitudes then become our life”, is what he said, personally, I don’t think this could be worded any better but it wasn’t until I actually dissected this quote that I realised how true it really is. Our attitudes are the ammunition that fuel our decisions and therefore determine our demeanour and everything we live for; from our relationships to our dreams, our attitude is so much more than a good or bad day.
Attitude has power greater than what any wind turbine can generate, it is the power that decides whether people are drawn to us or repelled against us. When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the centre of every constellation, and people want to be near you. After a while it becomes a habit. I’ve met so many beautiful people who go through life with the mind-set of failure; believing they can’t do anything they put their mind to because they don’t think they have it in themselves. They use their attitude to break down their hopeful transmissions and talk themselves into thinking they are not capable great things, living a life of quiet defeat. They fear failure like it is an epidemic disease. Having experienced this torturous habit, I too put my hands up and accept defeat of this, but the sooner I realised that this is MY life and it was down to me to make my dreams become my reality, the sooner I decided to take the leap to finding myself. I let go of the twines holding me back and made the transition into a life of happiness, peace and self-belief. I had finally had enough of people telling me I could not achieve what I had dreamed to accomplish for many years, deep down I knew that hard work will end me up where I wanted to be, I knew I had to do this on my own and no matter what anyone else ever did or said was going to speed up this process. Adopting a positive attitude was the greatest decision I’ve ever made, it was this which made me achieve my lifelong goal and to say that I actually fulfilled my biggest childhood dream despite the people who said it was “impossible” and “unattainable” was the most phenomenal experience I have ever witnessed. That word, ‘impossible’, in itself says ‘I’m Possible’ – we can achieve all great things if we put our mind to it, and there are so many living exemplars of that. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that didn’t work” is what Thomas Edison put forward after thousands of failed attempts at inventing the light bulb. He kept firm hold of his self-belief and didn’t let others disbelief falter his success. The brick walls that we face are there for a reason. They are not there to keep us out. They are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something, so we can break them down and rise above them. They are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough, who would sooner give in.
On the occasions when I sense these thoughts trickling back into my brain I remind myself of this one important truth: “Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny”. Our words, being our attitudes hold the key to happiness. Living the life of your dreams starts with getting into a habit of being positive in how you think, talk, and act. There isn’t much we can do to change what happens to us in the course of life but we CAN change the way we look at it. If there is anything that you want to change in your world, change your attitude towards it because that in turn can change everything.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So now it is time to throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour and catch the trade winds in your sails. From me to you, don’t let anyone or anything else come between you and your dreams. Explore, dream and discover life’s endless opportunities!