Remember when you were young, everything seemed possible. As a child we were running down the street wearing a towel around our neck for a cape, to mimic our favourite superhero. Nothing was impossible. We would see the future so bright that we felt invincible. We were always king of the hill, the queen on the throne, nothing could throw a monkey wrench in our plans.
Running with your shoelaces untied and going down the stairs skipping two or 3 steps not thinking of the possible outcome. How about telling everyone, I will be an astronaut, a fireman, I will be rich and famous. You decided to ride your bike down the hill at full speed, never thinking of what could happen. Happiness and joy were the emotions you were feeling climbing that tree.
Then, life got in the way.
Those were the days when nothing got in the way of our actions. Nobody had started to brainwash you into thinking that dreams are for the fool hearted. When life started to get in the way, still trying to jump over that rock or that curb with your bike, still jumping over two or three steps while you’re running down the stairs, you were starting to hear voices from the corner of the room. Somebody saying, hey stop that it’s dangerous. You’ll break a leg. No, don’t go there. Stop, something bad will happen. You will never be able to do that, it’s impossible. No, that’s not for you, we don’t deserve that, it’s only for others. You will get sick because others have had that same illness.
“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”— C. S. Lewis
You were starting to get programmed. Your parents unconsciously programed your mindset on a lot of different things that happened around you. Changing your beliefs towards your goals. Resulting in you not wanting to try to undertake as much as you did before. Friends started to program you. The environment around you started to program you and set you on a path of, no, I’m not going to do it anymore. I’m going to wait until tomorrow. I will fail. Suddenly, the young kid with the Cape tied around his neck looking to the sky and shouting, “I’m invincible and I can accomplish anything in life,” was starting to doubt what was possible. All of this, it comes from a four-letter word, FEAR. Fear becomes the obstacle to everything.
The one and only thing we require each day to accomplish what we’re trying to achieve in life or just trying to get through the day is willpower. Willpower will get you through anything but the fear that was programmed into our minds, becomes the obstacle to success. You want to accomplish something at work or you want to reach a goal, willpower is the only required ingredient.
As a human being will power is our Achilles heel. It’s the most difficult thing to maintain and the easiest thing to lose. Nothing happens without willpower. You don’t become financially independent without willpower. You’re not able to run 10 kilometres without willpower. You’re not able to ask for that raise you deserve without willpower. You will be unable to get up a 5 AM every morning without willpower.
When the time comes to make the big decision that could change your life for the better, fear steps in to change your mind. You suddenly are not willing or able to change your life for the better. The biggest factor taking the willpower away, is the fear that was programmed in your past. You want to implement change and make things different? You want to look at life through a different lens? Two things need to happen. First of all, you need to set fear aside. Don’t surrender to fear. Then second, and most important, your willpower must be made of steel. There will always be something or someone that will be trying to take it away from you by creating fear.
Tomorrow morning when you get up and say to yourself, today I’m going to accomplish everything. Say out loud your goals and have the willpower to achieve them. This will be such a determining factor in your day and life to realize any goal. I often hear people say, “ah, I would retire early, but I don’t have the money to retire. I have to continue to work.” It’s possible for everyone to retire early or exactly when they want. It just takes the willpower to do it, but instead fear creeps in. The doubt of not having enough money. The insecurity of not being ready. The fear of the unknown.
A by-product of this mindset will be that all of your friends, family, working acquaintances and everyone you cross paths with will notice this willpower. You will start to be criticized, ridiculed and belittled. Some will question your motives. You will hear things like “what is he trying to do? Who does she think she is? Does he think he’s better than us? What is she trying to prove?” Don’t worry and don’t let the negative reactions of people around you create fear and doubt. Those negative reactions are their fear that their laziness or lack of willpower will be brought to the surface for all to see. Accomplishing everything you plan will make them perceive that they look bad. I’m not admitting that they don’t have the willpower to do the same thing that you have done. What I’m exposing is the plain truth that the majority will fear those with success and will do anything to throw a veil of negativity over your success to hide their inability to create successful change willfully.
Don’t let the negativity, pessimism, jealousy, blame and envy of your critics keep you from your goals. Keep your focus and keep your willpower strong and healthy. It will give you the power and potential to overcome any fear.
Please let that superhero that you have kept hiding inside back out into the world. With your willpower, leap over the highest mountains and stand tall in the face of any obstacles.