One thing you have to do, if you want to get to your goal, is realise that you may have to get there in a more unconventional way than you forst thought. You might just have to walk in a straight line to get there, or you might have to double back a few times and veer off course in order to get to the finish line. It's not a failure to have to alter your journey to your goal!
If there's one thing I learned from my time in archery, it's that perfect practice makes perfect. You have to keep working at it, whatever it is. In order to be great you have to try, fail, try some more, maybe fail some more, but in the end you will succeed.
This Nelson Mandela quote is beyond true, no matter who you are of what you're trying to achieve, it always seems so much more insurmountable until you've reached the end! You have to keep the momentum going for your dreams or you will fail. That's the harsh truth. You have to keep studying, keep working, keep applying, keep practicing, just keep going.
Procrastinating is a terrible habit of mine. I will sit and watch Netflix when I have ironing to do, I will paint my nails instead of catching up on emails, I will cook dinner instead of working on something important. It's a really, truly, awful habit. I'm working on kicking it though. The main thing I want to be able to say is that I've achieved all my tasks and that I am sitting here, drinking this glass of wine because I earned it!!
Self-deprecating people will know the struggle all too well. You feel awesome for between five seconds and five minutes every day and the rest of the time you doubt yourself. I speak from experience. The thing is, I'm also a former glory-hunting sports person, and I don't do something if I don't stand a chance of winning. You know the phrase "It's not about winning or losing, it's about taking part"? Well, I understand that phrase, but I also disagree, if you're not doing something to win, why are you even bothering?? Show up, be amazing, aim to win/succeed/be the best!
This one is a stone cold fact. You're not going to get a great job if you're not willing to put in the work needed to get that great job, you're not going to get that gold medal if you aren't willing to train in the rain, you're not going to succeed if you're not willing to at least try to suck. You need to be brave.
The main thing you need to do is believe. Not in a hippy-dippy, pulpit-thumping, kind of way, though if that appeals to you then that's cool too - but you need to believe in the good things coming. You need to have faith that you're going to succeed, no matter how long that might take or how hard that may be. You will succeed, you will get there!
And finally, remember, that no matter how slow you go, you're still moving towards your dreams. You're still going in the right direction.
I hope you feel inspired and motivated. This year is yours, go out and grab it!
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