We’re just alike my friend.
Socially, relationally and financially, good things started happening for me.
It’s funny when you start to have success how people view you. They think that you must have been born with a silver spoon. They categorize you in the smarter, better looking slot. He must’ve had a perfect childhood. You can just tell he’s just ‘one of those guys’ who’ve always had it together. Then, they hear (or read) my story. Wow. He must be something really special to overcome some of those things.
I went from viewing others as getting all the breaks, to others viewing me as if I was getting all the breaks.
Well, which way is it? It can’t be both, can it?
No. It isn’t either. It is only the thinking that has changed.
You see, when I insisted on thinking in a poor way, I got poor results. I imprisoned myself. The key to freedom was in my own hand. But, until I was ready, I couldn’t unlock the door. It was easier and less painful for me to make excuses. Making changes and being proactive can be a mite painful. Much easier just to go ahead and stay put. With excuses, there is no accountability. Much easier.
Now, when you start being accountable, that’s another story altogether.
You can’t just come home from work and turn the TV on; you have to read. You have to learn. You have to grow. You have to get outside THE COMFORT ZONE.
You have to begin practical steps for making a better tomorrow, today.
Oh, the agony of change!
You must unlearn yourself a bit. You must accept why you’re where you’re at, or you’re just going to end up right back there again. You’ll be back to ground zero with all the fresh excuses to go with it.
I’ve been able to do some special things in life. It’s just beginning though. I have some serious catching up to do. You see, it took me a while to learn some of life’s lessons for myself.
It took me time to realize that I was no different from the next successful person. My experiences may have started me on a different path, but the end result could be the same.
I hope that you’re thinking continues to develop. I hope you realize your actions today will dictate your tomorrow. No need for us to take into account yesterday. As you do this, you will come to the same conclusion that I did: We’re Just Alike.
If you are at a place right now that seems hopeless, it really isn’t. I can tell you that from my personal experience. I can tell you that once committed, little can hold you back. Once you determine to put aside everything besides persistence, doors will start opening.
You will find, as I have that little else will matter. I write this not as a know-it-all but as a member of the club. I do realize that in your failure and your success we are no different my friend.
In fact, we’re just alike.
I offer this from my heart and encourage you to…
Live it LOUD!