By Michael D. Jones
Life itself can be challenging and filled with disappointment. Whether it was when you went for a job you wanted but didn’t get or when a relationship didn’t work out, there are countless moments in life that test our levels of strength to persevere.
I believe there is a light in everyone that is meant to shine and showcase our ability to overcome, breakthrough, and rise above our difficulties.
We all, in one way or another, set out to achieve something but to no avail have come up short. But even with those moments of disappointment or failures, I ask myself, what can I do to propel myself forward? There is no short or simple answer to this, but while in my quest for answers, I discovered a winning combination of traits that have helped me through those times of disappointment.
Through trusting the process, believing in myself, and having faith in the unknown, I found ways to unlock my confidence and stay motivated even in the hardest moments. It is in the darkest of times that I stand on faith, lean on trust, follow a belief that fuels my confidence to keep going towards my goals.
We are all responsible for our success. Yes, we may have help along the way, but ultimately, the journey is a personal path. So before we get into these key traits, ask yourself, “What is my goal and what are the action steps to get there?” To find the answer, you must determine what you love and where does your passion live?
When you’ve figured those things out, use these traits below to guide you along the way:
Faith in the Outcome
So, now you’re on a path to greatness. When you locate what moves you and ignites your spirit, then you can establish a focus that is pure and dear to your heart, giving you an unwavering desire to be successful, but it will not be easy. It takes time. This is where faith comes in. Faith is a mentality, a psychological practice of the unseen. It’s deeply rooted in your subconscious, drives your spirit, and makes for a positive attitude.
Trust the Process
In life, our greatest accomplishments come after our most grueling experiences. In moments of uncertainty and setbacks is where our trust in something greater is born. By sharpening our discipline in daily practices, we bestow trust upon ourselves, thus making us stronger. When this occurs, belief happens.
Believe in Something Greater
Someone once told me that you have to “be the lie” to believe. When I first heard this, I disagreed, but then I thought about it. You do have to affirm who you want to be, even if it hasn’t come to be yet. And by doing this repeatedly, you naturally attract the things that you envision for your life. Believe in yourself, skills, and experience no matter where you are.
Some people have confidence naturally while others need to develop it. Either way, we have to eventually fall in love with the shortcomings and disappointments of life because passion and confidence are built from them.
In the end, it is not the destination that holds our joy; it is the path that leads us towards it. The process is where we become greater than what we were before and ultimately displays what we are made of.
This life is not a sprint; it is a marathon filled with challenges. So, when you approach hurdles, become a track star to rise above them and persevere.
Despite overwhelming evidence from the problems with California's AB 5, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a similar measure earlier this month. The PRO Act implements the controversial ABC contractor classification test nationwide, an action that would result in near disaster for millions of Americans. The bill now awaits a vote by the GOP-controlled Senate, which has expressed their opposition to this measure."