Over the last few years I’ve come to identify (most of) my strengths and weaknesses and whiles I’m capitalising on my strengths, I’m working to improve the shortfalls. The aim is not to be a perfectionist in myself but to make the most of my ability and come to the place where I can turn the music off and turn out the light. Is there such a place of utopia? I believe so and when you find it you can look back and be content.
Many at times, I come across individuals who lament about how they would rather be in a different place or pursue a different life / career path. Many in a place of uncertainty and others full of woe. Being in limbo or at a point of uncertainty is a gloomy place to be and it takes a lot of will and positive outlook to keep smiling. I know because I’ve been there and I’m sure some of you have been too. But if you are the type who believes the universe is unfolding as it should, then change whatever the magnitude makes no difference. If you are the happy go lucky type who always count your blessings and give thanks for the silver lining then again the smile hardly fades away. You may not be at your destination but you are still here. So think back to the last time you experienced a radiant smile and how infectious the effect. That smile is not to say I’m floating on the clouds but rather I’m making lemonade out of my lemons.
The New Year may just be another day but for me it serves as a reference point, a point of reflection, new beginnings and closed chapters. It serves as a reminder to assess the previous year’s events, mistakes made and lesson’s learnt. Many make resolutions, others set goals, some just prod on and a few don’t get the chance. But whatever your take on the New Year, ask yourself, what would I be remembered for tomorrow? Would I be the guy with the gloomy face, or the lady with the radiant smile?
As you carry on with life, remember that it’s all about choices (and priorities) and which ever way you go there will be consequences be it positive or negative. If you second guess yourself, then think twice. The number of times you know what the right thing to do is but you still find every excuse to do anything but the obvious just because it’s not what you want it to be.
Don’t be the author of your own demise; I’ve been guilty of this too. We tend to hold ourselves back from our worth. You notice the mountain and suddenly conclude there’s no way I’m getting to the top. Truth is, if only you climbed up the first mound you’d realise you have a natural flair for climbing. Confidence (not arrogance) and self belief can work wonders.
Most important of all, be yourself.
So we are entering the New Year and I’m still smiling. I’m content with 2013 and excited about 2014. I’m working through my weakness and utilising my talents. I’m still the same old me facing a new day.
Happy New Year to you all!!!