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Nice Inspires You

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OPEN YOUR DREAMS

Eunice Palang

Copyright 2017 Eunice Palang



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Contents



Acknowledgments

Dedications

1. We Begin By Opening Our Dreams

2. Ask, Seek, and Knock

3. Dreams Turn into a Reality If You Make It Happen

4. Why Do We Have To Experience Hardships

5. It Takes WORK

6. All of Us Are Born Leaders

7. How Comparison and Too Much Thinking Distance us From God’s Love

8. People Will Always Have Something to Say

9. Never Stop Learning and Praying

10. There’s Always Something to Be Thankful For

11. God Is With Us Always

12. The Real World Is Different From the Books

13. Spread Your Wings

14. This Book Is About To End

About the Author

Acknowledgments



There are no shortage of kindness in this world. And I thank the people, who knowingly or unknowingly inspire others.

I will forever be grateful to my mother who gives her unwavering support and guidance to me.

Above all, I thank God, the Father above, who keeps protecting, and guiding me. Father, You, indeed keep stirring in my heart and mind the things I should not put on hold.

Dedications



For my mother who is my biggest source of inspiration…

For the people who continue to dream: DREAM ON… Don’t ever give up on the things that you are passionate about. Translate it to action.

1. We Begin By Opening Our Dreams

Life is like a roller coaster ride. It’s fun. It’s amazing. There are ups and downs. At times it gets scary and you get nervous. Sometimes, you get anxious about it and you worry if it’s is alright.

At times in life, you do things spontaneously. At times other people don’t approve of it. At times you listen, and at times you don’t.

We do mistakes. Failure doesn’t seem to give warning signs.

Life is a journey.

I believe you having this book is meant to be. I believe that, at whatever cost, whatever past, present, and future there may have been and will be, life has come to terms, in this very moment, for you to have this book. And I believe, the most powerful energy wills for this moment to happen.

I invite you in this journey.

I invite you to be inspired, to be motivated to work, to be passionate, to be determined, and to strive for perseverance.

Life is not easy. It has a lot of pains and grief. But life is also not all about that. Life is so much more. Life holds so much promise. Life holds so much hope, faith, and love.

It’s also true that as we look around us, we see a lot of sufferings. And at times, giving up is the only way. We see crimes, violence, self-interests, greed, pride, lust, anger, envy, laziness, and over-indulgence.

Other people give up. Other people fight the good fight. Who are we to judge?

As I look around the world, and ponder about the badness and goodness in it, the words, authored by J.R.R. Tolkien, and which was said by the character Samwise Gamgee to the other character, Frodo Baggins in The Lord of The Rings, emanate in my mind.

As such the words ring as “It’s like in the great stories Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it’ll shine out the clearer. I know now folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going because they were holding on to something. That there’s some good left in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.”

I’ve always wanted to be a part of something that upholds for the betterment of this world. I want to be a part of a greater scheme in life that crusades to make this world a better place. And I want to share that vision.

Imagine if we all help to mold this world into a better – a livable place in the present, and in the future. We can develop a sustainable place for everyone right now and in the days to come.

How can we help this world be a better place? It will start from us. It will start from me. It will start from YOU.

Making the world a better place is not that hard. You don’t have to be rich to make this world a better place. You don’t have to be someone who is in the position, or someone who is in-charge for you to contribute in making this world a better place. Helping making this world a better place is not supposed to be hard. We can all start doing the smallest and simplest things.

Helping others doubles your happiness.

And so, because making this world a better place starts from me, and you, let’s all start with what we can offer. And one of the things that you can offer, is your dream.

Yes. Your dreams, passions, and goals.

Be passionate about what you want to achieve. Then by this, you can offer the world with so much more of you because of your dreams.

I’ve always wanted to write. To write and inspire are just some of my dreams. I want to inspire you so that you can inspire others. Imagine if we all inspire each other. It will spread like a fire – a good fire. Just as what Saint Ignatius of Loyola has said, “Go forth and set the world on fire.” It doesn’t mean to destroy. It doesn’t mean to spread destruction. Fire cleanses. The fire he meant was a passion. This is the kind of fire that does well. Now, if this kind of “fire” spreads, it will definitely make the world a better place.

I want to motivate people so that they can also motivate others. I have been inspired by some people who lead lives that spread betterment in this world. It’s my turn to spread the inspiration. It’s your turn too. It’s our turn now.

I’m not a perfect person. I do not lead a perfect life. Every day is a struggle to do good and become good. Temptations are everywhere. We get mad easily. We hurt others and we may not even know it. We forget how to be sensitive. We think what we are doing is “okay” because it is only a “little” bad. And the more we practice doing “little” bad, the more it gets bigger and the more it becomes damaging.

Let’s make this world a better place with the pace that we can. And we begin, by opening our dreams.









Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your profession is what you were put on Earth to do with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual calling.” ­– Vincent Van Gogh

2. Ask, Seek, and Knock

Before going further, I will use the following terms: dream, passion, and goal interchangeably throughout the entire book.

I remembered when I was about to start college. In my last year of high school, I was confused which course I should take in college. My mind was not really made up yet.

Our school conducted an examination helping us, high school graduating students, to realize what we were good at. This was also to help us reflect on our strengths and weaknesses, and help us choose the course fit for us in college. Whatever the results were, we were not really compelled to take the course that was supposed to be fit for us. At least, the results would somehow guide us what career path was promising for us.

I remembered, we were advised to list four courses of choice then rank them according to what we most liked to enroll in. The fourth choice I had was a course that most of my classmates wanted to enroll in. It was a business course that, a lot of people said, was very in demand. Not really my personal choice. But you see, the traditional thinking was: if you landed on a good job, you would be successful. I was a prisoner of that thought before. I really believed that once I followed the traditional tried and tested formula of: study a degree which you could get a good job after graduation, life for me would turn out successful.

No. That was not always the case.

I followed what other people had been following without consciously seeking inside of me what I really wanted in life. I was at a “perplexed stage of what my life should be” and I ended up in a trap of following the majority because it sounded safe. It sounded easy. It sounded success.

I lacked self-awareness that time. I didn’t ask, seek, and knock.

You may be at the stage of your life right now where you are doing what you love doing most, or you may be doing something you do not like at all but for some reasons keep doing it. I want you to pause and reflect. What do you want to do for the rest of your life? Who do you want to be?

Self-awareness is one of the keys to open your dreams. Being aware of yourself needs attention too.

So how well do you know yourself?

Because I enrolled in the course that I didn’t really like, and my passion wasn’t in it, I failed it miserably. It was a terrifying experience for me because I never failed any of my subjects before. It was a pivotal moment in my life. I thought that failing in one of the subjects was a thing of great impossibility, but it did happen anyway. And why? Because I wasn’t happy with it. I abhorred it. It was not my passion. I remembered opening my book and just started crying because I didn’t want to learn it. I was not interested in it. And it felt like I was forcing myself on things that I was not cut out for. My brain started to “immune” itself from understanding what I was trying to learn. I tortured myself.

We can all fail in life. And we can start standing up again. Even the best fall down sometimes. But only the best stand up again.

I invite you to discern. I invite you to reflect. What do you want to do for the rest of your life? What is your dream? What is your passion in life?

Do you believe in prayer?

I sure do. But I tell you honestly, that I still do get swayed away. There are times I tend to forget the power of prayer. At times I rely on my own wits. I rely on my own understanding. And when things bombard me, I just fall down. I get so overwhelmed with what’s happening. And it feels like I can’t do it anymore. It feels like giving up is the best thing to do.

Pray. Ask. Seek. Knock.

I had observed a person in YouTube. Her passion was blogging, making videos, and giving people information about hair, makeup, fashion, and the latest trends.

She had a unique passion for something. The woman, as she narrated in one of her videos, gave up her high salary-giving job because her passion was blogging.

She had to earn somehow from her passion. It was hard for her but she worked extra double because doing her passion was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.

It may not sound grandiose, but letting other people smile, and letting other people be entertained are just few ways of making this world a better place. People watching her for free on YouTube get to be entertained, get to be given information that can make their everyday tasks manageable.

Is a full time blogger a sustainable livelihood? You may ask that. When you love what you’re doing, you will find ways how to make it profitable. It’s not going to be, “achieve your dreams, then stay stuck there.” No. That’s not the case. Except if you want to stay stuck that way for the rest of your life.

It’s not every day I encounter a person giving up something profitable for their dreams and passions. They take risks. They try. Because they will never know if they never try. Trying always comes with risks. But it’s worth it. You’ll never achieve if you’ll never try.

Humans as we are, we keep on learning. We keep on discovering. We are even insatiable, if truth be told. That’s why, your dreams will open up to opportunities. You tend to doubt, “oh my passion isn’t profitable.” It may look unprofitable, but that is if you are not going to work hard to earn from it. It’s an amazing feat to earn out from something you totally love doing. And you have to work hard for it.

If you don’t love what you do, you won’t do it with much conviction or passion.” – Mia Hamm

What is your dream in life?

What is that thing that if you won’t pursue, you will regret it for the rest of your life? You’ll look back and feel a big hole inside of you because you are meant to do something but didn’t do it out of fear of failure and fear of the opinions of others.

What is your vision?

Steve Jobs had a vision. He wanted to create a computer that can be used by ordinary people. It was during those times when only computer “wizards” were able to operate computers in their hands. And so he materialized this vision to make a computer to be of everyday use by the ordinary people in their homes. He worked hard for this along with his friend, Steve Wozniak. Fast forward, and he and his team created touch screen phones. Touch screen phones were manageable to operate and would help simplify the tasks for people who were using it. You see, his vision was not just about him. His vision was to think different. His vision was about innovation. It was for the people – to make their lives easier.

You can be Steve Jobs. Not exactly Steve Jobs. But you can be like him, by working towards your passion, your vision. Steve Jobs starts small. We can all start small with our dreams. We can always start with what we have right now. It’s from small things that great things are born.

You gotta find what you really want that will inspire you, that will motivate you, that will make you happy, and that you will want to do for the rest of your life. Find that thing that will feed your soul. Find your passion. What is it deep within you that stirs you?

I believe that we are born for a mission, a purpose. You have to start with yourself.

Look deep inside you. You are the only one who knows you more than anybody on this physical world. No other human being knows you more than you know yourself.

What do you love doing? What excites you? What are you good at? What talent do you think you are born with? These are few questions you need to ponder upon.

I was in 6th grade when I realized I liked writing. It didn’t feel something of a passion that time yet. It was in Language classes that I was into reading pocketbooks. I realized I loved reading. I loved exciting stories. I loved adventures. I loved mystery. We were then required to write a report or somewhat a reaction paper about what we had read. It felt like me writing was a natural thing. It felt like I am so cut out for it. It wasn’t a perfect writing output of course. But my teacher saw a potential in me and started to ask me to write for our school paper.

It feels like I am in a sanctuary when I write. I feel peace inside when I write. For me it feels magical being able to write about anything under the sun. I have even kept a diary before only because I love writing that much.

Some people say you can’t really have much profit as a writer. But as I get older, I realize that it’s not money that will give you the happiness you long for. It’s the fulfillment of doing something you love doing for yourself and for other people. And like what I say, when you follow your passion, everything follows.

Realizing your passion may not click right away. You may be confused. You may be at the stage when your heart is telling you what to do is not the same as what your brain is telling you what to do.

But here is one thing that will give away, it is your passion when you know and feel that both your heart and mind are in harmony.

And if this doesn’t happen yet, remember to pray, ask, seek, and knock.

My passion for writing wasn’t realized until I was able to get influenced by writers more and more after college. At first writing started as if it was an outlet for me to release my reactions from the pocketbooks I’ve read. I thought it was just a hobby that I wanted to do for most of my time. The moment of fulfillment came when my writing was published in the school paper. It felt good seeing my name on print. And it felt good that your work was being read by people.

The course I finished in college was nowhere near writing. It was management accounting which was the course I shifted to. I failed my initial course in college which was accountancy. I followed the path, which the majority followed, believing that I would be successful just like they say. It took me years after college to truly realize to make an action to pursue writing. Why? Because it kept calling me. It kept stirring me from the inside, from my core, in my heart.

There are a lot of people better than me in writing. But I don’t compare myself to them. I do my thing. And I appreciate others’ works as well. It encourages me to be better.

Now I want you to reflect on these two stories that I am about to share.

I want to share a story with you about my friend. Her mother wanted her to get a degree in business school. But all along she knew deep within her that she wanted to become an architect. She could not say no to her mother, since practically speaking, her mother was the one who provided her with everything. If my friend wanted to enroll in architecture, who would pay for that? Her mother wouldn’t support her thing for architecture and would tell her that the only practical course was business. Her mother believed that finding and getting a good job would be easier if her daughter was a business degree holder. Deep inside my friend, she knew studying architecture was what perked her interest up. And so she made a deal with her mother. It wasn’t the first attempt. But finally her mother gave it a go. The deal was that, if she successfully finished her business course, she would enroll in architecture.

And came after so many years, she finally achieved it. She graduated from business and architecture school. She finished it one after the other. She didn’t give up. Business wasn’t her thing. But she had to finish business in order for her to enroll in architecture. She didn’t choose to rebel. Despite the differences, she chose to respect her mother and still held on to her dreams.

Now, the second story was about a poor lad. His story was relayed to me by my mother. The lad came from a poor family. His family couldn’t afford sending him to school. And so he looked for day jobs that helped him earn the minimum amount to help support his family and to save for his education. He was a working student. He wanted to become an accountant. But he had to earn money first before he could enroll in the course. And so he applied as a part-time security guard. He helped his family with day-to-day expenses. He worked as a security guard by morning, and he attended school at night.

Because of his perseverance, and his determination, he graduated and became a Certified Public Accountant. Being poor was an obstacle, but it didn’t stop him. This became his strength to do his best. He didn’t give up. He knew deep inside him that he wanted to become an accountant and he worked his ways to become one. This was a story from humble beginnings that ultimately turned into a successful one.

These two stories boiled down to two things. One, they both knew what they wanted, and two, they never gave up even if it seemed like it was impossible.

We may be in the stage of life right now that we think we have gone pass the opportunity of chasing our dreams.

Pray, ask, seek, and knock.

Lord, where do You want me to be? Who do You want me to become? I’m confused. I wanted to do this, but situations right now won’t allow me to. Please, God help me. Come into my life. Enlighten me. Amen.

An Unexpected Calling

I have encountered a story from my aunt. My aunt is very active in religious charismatic doings in her town. She’s a layperson – meaning she’s not a nun but she’s very much active in their parish. She has lots of friends who are nuns.

There was this one time I saw a picture of her with a nun. It wasn’t intentional, but I can’t help be surprised seeing the nun holding a high-end mobile phone in the picture. I asked my aunt if that’s pretty normal for a nun to have a high-end mobile phone. It turned out that the nun was an accountant before. She was even a Certified Public Accountant. Her high-end mobile phone was a fruit from her profession before becoming a nun.

God has another plan for her, and now she’s serving as a religious person to her fellow brothers and sisters.

Life gives surprises too. That’s one of the spices of life.

My late grandfather had always wanted to become a lawyer. That was his dream. Life was hard for him, for his parents and siblings during those times. Later on, he met the woman of his life, my grandmother. He had forgotten about becoming a lawyer. There was a paradigm shift in his perspective. He was already starting to have his own family and real priorities for him came up. He started a little car shop business to go about with everyday finances for the family. Then an offer, from a car company, came for him to work overseas. At that time, my grandmother was at her second pregnancy. Her first pregnancy was a miscarriage. My grandfather politely declined the offer. He chose to stay with grandmother. Years after, the same offer came again. This time, it was during the third pregnancy of my grandmother. Grandfather had to pass up again the offer because he knew his priorities.

The point is, what you truly want to become may be realized only after many experiences that will lead you to it. My late grandfather’s true goal, to have a sustainable livelihood and be a family man, has been realized by him when the situation has arisen. His story was an inspiration to me. One way of reaching your goals, is to set your priorities.

You can be in a stage of life right now where you think you are nowhere your dreams. The point is, trust the process. Perhaps, what you are doing now, pointless as it may seem, may be very vital in the near future.

My dream is to become a writer. But that doesn’t mean I can’t dream of some other things too. It doesn’t mean I cannot become an entrepreneur. The thing is, what I finished in college was about business – far from writing. But because of that experience in business school, I have developed a new passion. Did my new-found passion let me set aside writing? No. Things are falling into places. What I thought useless before, was a very vital piece for me to head on.

Humans as we are, I believe we are multi-talented. And we can develop skills if we practice it. If we work hard for it.

Steve Jobs attended calligraphy class. It’s nowhere near about computer. But he was able to integrate calligraphy with his company’s computers and laptop.

Just keep on persevering. What you may be experiencing now that looks like not so connected with your dreams, may perhaps be very essential in the future.

If it’s bugging you from the inside, do something about it. It may be that your dream is trying to remind you of it. Perhaps, you have set aside your dream for far too long already that it’s touching you from the inside. Perhaps, it wants to be unleashed.

Life has surprises. Life has twists and turns. But you will surely arrive at that particular and beautiful moment you have so long desired for, at the right place, at the right time, with the right people, and the right way you’re supposed to.

Father God,

We thank You for Your love and the mercy. We thank You for Your infinite graces. We thank You for the talents You have bestowed upon us.

Father, may we not lose hope. May we always yearn for You.

We ask for enlightenment. We ask for guidance. We are nothing without You, oh, Lord.

Direct us to the path You will for us.

May we persevere.

May we become blessings to others.

May we reach for our dreams. Help us to know our responsibilities that come with it.

This we ask and pray, through the intercession of Mama Mary, in the name of Jesus, amen.

3. Dreams Turn into a Reality If You Make It Happen

It’s easy to imagine. It’s easy to picture things in mind. It’s easy to daydream.

It’s hard to translate things into action. It requires effort. It requires research. It requires focus. And yes it requires sacrifices.

Have you come upon this quote: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” by Tim Notke? If we can just about rephrase it and make it a question: “When talent doesn’t work hard, what will happen?”

What will happen? Well, perhaps it still is a talent. But it just remains that way. Everybody has a talent. Not everybody hones it. Not everybody works for their dreams. For example, how can somebody become a singer if he or she won’t work for it? Sure, they have the talent, but that’s just about that.

Friend, we all have dreams. But we can never turn our dreams into a reality if we don’t start to act upon it. It will just stay as a dream – forever in your heads if you won’t start doing something about it.

Genius is 1% talent and 99% hard work.” – Albert Einstein

It’s not an overnight wish come true for successful people who attain what they have now. They work hard. They even work harder than the average person. That means dedication, commitment, focus, perseverance, and determination.

There Will Always Be Challenges

We experience difficulties, hardships, conflicts, and problems in life because life is pointless without such.

You can never appreciate true happiness without sadness. You cannot taste the sweetness of victory without experiencing the bitterness of losing.

What is the point of life if there are no problems, obstacles, and failures to be learned from?

Working towards your dream will require most of your time. That’s what you want to do for the most part of your life. That’s who you are going to be.

Imagine you have a talent for painting. Imagine that all your life you want to become a painter. And for whatever reason, you end up being in an office doing a sales report. Examine yourself. Are you truly enjoying what you are doing? An artist just died inside of you. Will you be able to take it? Won’t you regret leaving behind something you want to be?

Turn your dreams into a reality that you will wake up early Monday mornings looking forward for the day. It’s your passion that ignites you.

Priorities as Dreams, Passion, and Goals

Remember the story of my grandfather? He dreams of becoming a lawyer, to which he passes up because of circumstances. He lets go of offers from an oversea car company because he choose to stay with grandmother during her pregnancies.

You may know of persons like this. You may experience this kind of situation where-in it felt like you have to pass up on your dreams because there are far more important things like family, and relationships that you don’t want to jeopardize and sacrifice. This is a goal too. This is a dream.

Some people want to be simply happy. And being happy for them can mean living a simple life in a simple house with their family. Does this mean they can’t have a career? They still can have a career without sacrificing their top priorities. Knowing your priority in life is also vital in knowing your passions in life.

For example, is your priority to travel around the world? Can that be your passion? Yes. Do you believe you can earn from it? Absolutely. You just have to know how to work hard for it.

I want to share with you the story of the animated movie, The Ballerina. It’s a 2016 film. In this story, there is a character named Odette. All her life she wants to become a ballerina. She is not just a good ballerina, she is considered the best of her generation. But a fire accident occurs which affects her legs. She can no longer dance the way she can dance before. It breaks her spirit.

But a wonderful thing happens and she meets a girl who changes her and how she sees life. This girl is also a dreamer. She also dreams of becoming a ballerina. Odette sees herself in the girl. And Odette decides to help her become a great ballerina. Yes, Odette can’t dance anymore, but she becomes a ballerina mentor.

The thing is, Odette, lost her dream but finds it again by becoming a mentor to a hopeful young ballerina. It is not the same exact thing that Odette dreams of, but it is more than she can have ever hoped for. It is a dream come true because Odette not only keeps on teaching what she loves doing, but she is also helping somebody fulfill her dreams of becoming a ballerina.

You may be frustrated in your life right now and you may be disappointed because you believe you have passed up the opportunities of fulfilling your dreams because of certain situations. But hey, ask yourself. What is the closest thing to your dream that you can do right now? Dreams are supposed to be your career. So what will you do in lieu of your dreams that you can still make a clean profit from? Make it close to your dreams that you won’t have to dread waking up early Monday mornings doing things you aren’t passionate about. Start to do things that will make you look ahead and make you excited.

Choose to do the things that you will love to do for the rest of your life. Whoever says it will be easy? There will be a lot of challenges, a lot of tests. But obstacles are stepping stones for you to grow, and for you to become even better.

You Can Inspire People with Your Dreams

When you do the thing you are most passionate about, you get to motivate others too. You glow from the inside and it will emanate on the outside. You become blessings to other people. How? Because joy emanates from you that people who will see you will believe that dreams do come true with perseverance and determination.

How many people have been inspired by the story of J.K. Rowling? How many people have been inspired by the story of Oprah Winfrey? How many people have been inspired by the story of LeBron James? How many people have been inspired by the story of Walt Disney?

These people started below. They worked extra hard for them to reach what they had attained now. It wasn’t an easy experience. Their dreams required more of them. But through ups and downs they had worked their way up.

Their stories are an inspiration to me and to millions of other people too. Through rough life experiences, through rejections, through pains and abuses, through adversities, they rise. They’ve become beacons to those who are lost. They shine their light and hope is evident in them.

Do you know how many rejections J.K. Rowling faced? Do you know how many pains and abuses Oprah Winfrey endured when she was younger? Do you know how circumstances have been cruel to LeBron James before he has become a NBA basketball player? Do you know how many obstacles Walt Disney has persisted before finally establishing the Disney Company?

These people started from the bottom. They did not give up. It took them tough years. They came to the point when it seemed so impossible. Did it stop them?

We all experience that. You are not alone. Before giving up, think of that one reason why you want to give up. Think about that reason and think so many times if it is a regrettable reason for giving up or not. What is more important than your dreams that you will have to give it up?

Ask yourself, “If I will give my dreams up, is the reason worth it?”

If Others Can Do It, Why Can’t You?

This is not to compare. This is to draw inspiration from others – to encourage you.

As of this writing, I am currently enrolled in graduate class. And yes, there are numerous times when I want to give up. There are numerous times that I want to end all the pressures, all the stresses, and all the demands of the programs. It seems that I can’t do it. I’m tired.

I try to look back. And I tell myself, this is part of my dream. Nobody forces me to enroll in graduate class. This is my decision and my mother supports me with it. If I give this up now, there may be no opportunities anymore in the future for this. I ask myself the reason for giving up. It is because of stress and pressure.

Life gives us stresses and pressures. It’s up to us how to handle these to make them in our favor. We grow through adversities in life. If I keep on dodging challenges, nothing will insofar happen to me, because as far as I know, challenges are always present.

I talk to myself, “Hey self, before you quit, think of why you started this in the first place?” But this question did not really put me on that “energetic” level. I am still torn whether to stop or not.

What revives my engine back up is because of the realization that: “My classmates also have their own obstacles in life, but they opt to continue. Why will I want to stop? Just because I feel that I can’t do it?” Then I realize it is a selfish thing for me to quit just because I am tired and I am stressed out. I feel like I am so self-conceited. Others have their own pressures and stresses in life but they choose not quit. This give me the spirit. It awakens a new hunger in me to persevere more.

You are not the only one in this world who is tired of all the obstacles life brings. You are not the only who, at times in life, experience defeat and exhaustion. You are not the only one who feel so overwhelmed with what’s going on. Others, too, experience these one way or another. But they did not give up. Don’t give up. Draw inspiration from them.

Surround Yourself with People Who Have Enthusiasm for Achieving

Surrounding yourself with people who have a knack for achieving their goals and aspirations influence you to work on yours too. It’s because you inspire one another. Successful and happy people encourage others.

Stay away from people who have too much negativities on almost everything. It will just bring you down. If you prolong your time with the pessimistic persons, you will subconsciously adopt the habit of being pessimistic.

It doesn’t mean you have to be positive all the time. You’re human too. It’s okay not to be okay. But too much pessimism down your system will stress you out to the point of you thinking nothing’s going to be alright. Practice to see the good in the bad.

If you stay with the company of people who convince you to always see the bad in everything, you’ll miss out on the great things that’re there. Some people convince others to give up on dreams, perhaps, because these people have already given up on theirs. It’s not right for people to bring down others. Successful people inspire others to become successful.

Look up to people who strive for success – the kind of success that doesn’t hurt anybody, that doesn’t step down on others. Emulate their willpower to persevere.

Establish an atmosphere that works towards success in your circle of friends. Avoid crab mentality. Work hard in your own pace.

Be a responsible worker of your dreams. Let your vision become something that will be beneficial to people. Have a determined mentality. Make it a habit. Use what you have now in order for you take the next step towards your goals.

The road is not going to be a smooth one. It’s going to be bumpy. There will be intersections. You will face conflicts and struggles along the way. You will meet people in your life who will either want to make you or break you. You will meet people in your life who you learn from or who learn from you.

Take that step now. Take that step you have been yearning to do. Stop worrying what can go wrong. There’s no such thing as a “perfect” human person. We do create mistakes. But we have to rise above it. As what my teacher has said, “If you’re afraid to make mistakes, you’re not ready for success.”

Are there any shortcuts to fulfilling your dreams?

There are two words that go by it: WORK HARD.

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You for the talents, and the skills that we have. We thank You for the learning that allows us to grow to become better persons.

Father, too often, we complain too much. Help us to be more appreciative and too work hard for our dreams.

Let us become blessings to others. Let us not do things for selfish desires.

Teach us to embrace Your calling for us. Enlighten us so that we may see things the way You see them.

We may not understand things right now, Lord, but we surrender all things to You. We are truly nothing without You.

Enflame our hearts that we may have the burning zeal to do Your will here on earth.

This we ask and pray, through the intercession of Mama Mary, in the name of Jesus, amen.

4. Why Do We Have To Experience Hardships

We Grow Through Adversity

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