Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
– Abraham Lincoln
I’m not big on effort per se, though I definitely enjoy the benefits of what effort can bring. I used to live in the fantasy of what my intended effort could reap without ever applying a lick of effort.
My results stayed fantasy and my life stayed forever cased in: “Why me?”
I thought life was unfair. I believed others had something more than me and that’s why they were happy. They were luckier than me.
They could tell me how hard they worked, how much effort they put forth, but I never believed them. The real reason they succeeded was because they weren’t me.
I truly believed that if life shined brighter for me, then I could be happy too, successful even. I didn’t correlate the connection between my “own resolution to succeed” and my life’s journey.
Now, this isn’t to say that I can control the outcome of my life, because I’ve found that I cannot. But I can definitely show up with everything I’ve got and know at the end of the day that I put my best foot forward.
I attempted, stood up, and showed myself to the world. Showing myself to the world doesn’t guarantee that the world will see me, but I don’t believe that’s the point.
I don’t want to regret, thinking of all the times I wish I had tried this or that or had perservered more.
I don’t want to get lost in the plethora of “what-if” scenarios and wonder how it could have turned out if only I had tried.
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