Don’t go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Remember as Roosevelt once said “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while DARING GREATLY so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory or defeat. “So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dare to do those things that sends chills in you. The question is not if will be knocked down for you will. The question is; are you willing to rise up again; for our greatness is not derived in never failing but in rising up every time we fall.

So from this day on, challenge yourself to;

Get your priorities straight. – Twenty years from now it won’t really matter what shoes you wore today or what brand of cloths you bought. What will matter is how you loved, what you learned and how you applied this knowledge.

Take full responsibility for your goals. – If you really want good things in your life to happen, you have to make them happen yourself. You can’t sit around and hope that somebody else will help you; you have to make your own future and not think that your destiny is tied to the actions and choices of others.

Know your worth. –Don’t expect to see positive changes in your life if you surround yourself with negative people. Don’t give part- time people a full-time position in your life. Know your value and what you have to offer, and never settle for anything less than what you deserve.

Choose the right perspective. – Perspective is everything. When faced with a challenge, you have two choices: You can get frustrated and enraged, or you can view it as life’s way of giving you a guilt-free breather from rushing, and take a step back and reflect on the situation from a different viewpoint. The second choice will raise your consciousness.

Learn to let go of things you can’t control. – Don’t let anger and rage define you, don’t feed it, the anger will slowly wither, and you’ll be left to live in peace as you grow toward a better future. Learn to love yourself and let others love you just the way you are – as faulty as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel, and as unaccomplished as you think you are. Yes, let them love you despite all of this; and let that someone be YOU.

Accept and embrace your strengths and weaknesses. – Be confident and don’t compare yourself with others. We often waste too much time comparing ourselves to others, and wishing to be something we’re not. Everybody has their own strengths and weaknesses, and it is only when we accept everything we are, and aren’t, that we are able to become who we are capable of being. Learn from others, and move on when you must. And don’t try to change people. Accept who they are, or you start living your life without them. Be honest with yourself and others.

Be flexible and adaptive – Life as we know it can change in a blink of an eye. It might feel a little agonizing at times, but know that life begins at the end of your comfort zone. So if you’re finding it rough right now, know that the change taking place in your life is not an ending, but a new beginning. Though painful an eagle sheds her claws and beak to be reborn.

And lastly never give up. When your feet are so tired that you have to shuffle back to the center of the ring, fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired you wish your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round remembering that the man who always fights one more round is never whipped.

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