I absolutely love this quote!
So often I am faced with a choice. I have two options:
1. Believe that I can and get it done.
2. Believe that I can't and watch tv.
Lately I am proud to say that I have been choosing to believe that I can. I struggled for a long time with my confidence and self esteem. I still do actually. One of the most valuable lessons I have learned since I started this journey is that I can. I am a capable person. I realize that I wasn't confident in myself because I had never done anything. I never tried and so I never failed but I also never succeeded.
Now I am successful. I may not have attained the level of success that I ultimately desire, but I have learned so much about life and about myself in the few short weeks that I have been on this journey. I have a website. I am so very proud of this site because I have gotten some really great feedback from you about how sharing my journey has helped you on your own journeys.
I still haven't found Tiffany yet, but I am getting closer each day. I am confident that I will find her because now I believe I can.
"In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can." -Nikos Kazantzakis
Just like the first step of any journey is the most important, I believe that faith in yourself is just as important to the success of whatever it is that you set out to accomplish. If you believe that you can succeed you will be far more likely to persevere when times get tough. Even more importantly, you will take that first step if you think that you make it to the finish line.
I have personally struggled with believing in myself in the past. As a matter of fact it is something I still struggle with. I'll give you an example. A few weeks ago my husband and I decided that we were going to remodel our powder room. While we were on our way home from Home Depot, my husband tells me that he will lay the new tiles and he will tell me the measurements and I will cut the tiles using the wet saw. Immediately, I thought, "I can't do that, I've never used a wet saw before. What if I mess up?" The fact that my husband had enough faith in me to entrust me with cutting the tile we just bought and operating the wet saw we just rented made me feel more comfortable. However, it was not until I convinced myself that I could do it that I was able to do it.
The fact is, there is a first time for everything. You never know what you are capable of until you try. My belief is that you are capable of whatever you believe you are capable of.
Why should we live in such a hurry and waste of life? ... I wish to live deliberately ... I wish to learn what life has to teach, and not, when I come to die, discover that I have not lived. ... I do not wish to live what is not life ...
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden
This quote really spoke to me. It actually screamed at me. What I realized a few weeks ago was that I was afraid of coming to the end of my life and realizing that I had squandered the precious seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years that I had been given.
It doesn't really matter to me what others think of me or how others feel about me. In the end what matters is my own opinion.
Am I proud of what I did during my time here?
Did I do all that I could?
Did I take anyone or anything for granted?
Please don't misunderstand. I love my family and my friends. I truly appreciate every one of you reading this. But I cannot live my life based upon what others will think of the decisions I've made. I believe we only get one shot at life. At the end I want to be able to say that I have no regrets.
So I came across this quote and it reminded me of a comment that one of you left regarding achieving balance. To me this quote says that in order to achieve your goals, you first have to achieve and maintain balance in your life.
I believe that this quote is meant to inspire us to dream big while also reminding us that we will need to work toward reaching those dreams. Don't become so wrapped up and focused on the future that you neglect the present. It is what we do now in the present that will lead us to the future. It takes planning, patience and a process in order to realize your dreams.
"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." -Arthur Ashe
This is an especially motivating quote for me. I think that Arthur Ashe meant that you do not have to wait for the perfect circumstances to take action. Reading this quote made me feel really empowered.
Use what you have. For most of my life I have been told the exact opposite of this quote. You've got commercials telling you that you need this and you need that. Arthur Ashe is saying use what you already have. You don't need to buy a bunch of stuff to be successful. As a matter of fact, you probably won't even know what you truly need until you begin.