Monday, December 14, 2015

The Path to Success

On our path to success, many times we come across roadblocks and temporary yields when striving towards our goals. Many times it's outside influences that seem to yield us and possibly even distract us, taking us on a side street or unknown, twisty, curvy road. Depending upon how resilient we are, sometimes we have a hard time finding our direction, regaining our enthusiasm, feeling confused as to where we are, and how we got there, when we used to know exactly where we were heading. When people misguide us or lead us down a path that we didn't foresee taking, we need to find a way to get back on track, regain focus, and remember why we even started to begin with. 

There are times when we'll get distracted and lose focus of our goals simply because of those outside influences, forces, temptations, and many times, our lifestyle can negatively contribute. It's important that we never lose focus of the direction that we're going, and maintain our drive, passion, and enthusiasm towards attaining our goals in life. There will always be outside influences, negative and toxic people, and many other things that might distract us from what we really want. Staying focused on your ultimate goal is everything when it's a goal that you truly hope to achieve.

When it comes to writing, working as an entrepreneur, or working in any field really, there may be times when we draw a blank, and can't seem to produce good results or possibly can't come up with anything that would be considered good content when it comes to writing. At times like that, one usually needs to take a breather, and figure out why their passion is at a standstill. Many times the reason is those outside forces, other people distracting you, and it could even be because of your healthy lifestyle or lack thereof. It's important to stay in check, and make sure that you're doing everything that you possibly can to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including eating right, sleeping well, drinking enough water, and staying active. This especially goes for when you're a writer! When you're a writer or have a job where you sit behind a computer for hours upon hours, it's important to get up once in awhile and walk, move your legs a bit, and stretch. 

The thing about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, as opposed to other things that might be making you feel drained, or feeling that sense of decrease in your enthusiasm is that you have control over taking good care of yourself. Many times we don't have full control over those unwanted, outside influences that tend to drain us or kill our enthusiasm. But, living a predominantly healthy lifestyle is in our own hands, and we have full control over that. Knowing that, make sure that you take good care of yourself.

It's imperative that we don't let others drag us down. I don't believe in misery loves company. When you notice someone acting in a way that their misery is starting to drain your enthusiasm, where you aren't putting out your best work, or you feel less than, because of listening to them go on and on about their problems, it's likely a red flag to let go of that friend, or at least, take a break from listening. You need to take care of yourself first. That means taking care of your own needs, including your lifestyle, your work, your enthusiasm, and anything that you need to do in order to stay focused. 

It's important to understand that we all have the power within us to be in control, and make wise decisions for ourselves. We all have the power to say no to distractions that take us away from our goals. No one should be treated as a person's saviour so to speak, having to deal with all of their problems and issues. That can take a toll on anyone. People should have more than one outlet when it comes to sharing their feelings, opinions, and venting out their daily stresses/drama. Having said that, everyone goes through hard times and sometimes we all need a friend to talk to. But, when it starts to take away from your enthusiasm, drive, and motivation, leaving you feeling less inspired, that friend might not be doing you justice. In situations like that, you need to put yourself first. Start putting up some boundaries, and take control, so that you may once again head in the right direction, and attain your ultimate goals.

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