Did you ever notice how sometimes great songwriters just get it so right? They write the words to songs that just make so much sense and resonate with us. The same is true of great quotes. Sometimes when you string a few of them together they help us put things in perspective.
“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln
Never has that saying by Lincoln been more true than today. Sometimes we sit around wondering, maybe even fearing what the future may hold for us. That is the wrong mindset. It is a passive mindset, the mindset of a victim. The future will not inflict itself upon you. In fact, you will inflict yourself upon the future. What you do with that opportunity to impact the future is up to you.
Some people spend a lot of time and energy trying to save time by finding shortcuts or taking shortcuts. That is usually wasted time. Things change and the future gets here because you make the changes happen. If you say, “I don’t like who I am.” Then change who you are. If you say, “I don’t like where I’m headed.” Then go in a different direction. Nothing is predetermined; everything is up to you.
“You are confined only be the walls that you build yourself” – Andrew Murphy
So, break out through whatever walls you have built for yourself and go explore new worlds – or not. Maybe it’s not new worlds that you need but the ability to see your current world differently.
“Discovery comes not from seeking new lands, but from seeing with new eyes” – Marcel Proust
Your challenge may be as simple as taking a fresh look with a fresh perspective on the life that you are already living. Hopefully that perspective will be from a positive angle. Try substituting love for anger, hope for despair, peace for turmoil and faith for fear and see if things don’t look a little different.
Once you can begin your journey into the future with a new attitude the most important thing will become persistence.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. – Calvin Coolidge
Isn’t it amazing how many famous people went ahead of you and prepared the way? And don’t worry about making mistakes along the way.
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. – George Bernard Shaw
So, use tomorrow to start a new beginning in your life. Last week is done and over. Yesterday is history and today will be soon. Whatever happened then is behind you. Look towards your future and get busy creating it.
Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you. – Jim Rohn
Have a great tomorrow and good luck on your journey into the future. I hope you make it all that you want it to be.