This post could have been titled many different ways: Are you a doer or a dreamer? Are you lazy or hard-working? Are you a prayer or a maker? It doesn’t matter how you spin what’s going on in your life, but how you react to it. Whether you’re having a bad day, a bad week or a bad year, life will continue to happen whether you like it or not. When I meet with people to talk about their dreams and motivations, one thing I stress is that you cannot start listing your fears and worries. Because, in all reality, that list could go on forever. You will always find another thing to worry about, or another thing that can go wrong. I think I’m blessed that I’m an eternal optimist. Am I always happy? No. Am I always motivated? No. But I do believe that things happen for a reason and that good things will happen to good people. I believe that, as my son’s interpretation of the song from Annie goes, “the sun will come out tomarno.” But, just because I believe in optimism, it doesn’t mean I can simply sit in the corner and wait for great things to happen. Life happens, whether we like it or not, but we MUST be an active participant. We have a choice in every moment to be complacent or active in our life. We can choose to work out or sit on the couch. We can decide to look for a job or surf the internet. No matter what, life happens. So, even if you’re an optimist, life still happens. You decide how you react to the world and to life’s many challenges. So, I challenge you to stand up and fight to become the best you possibly can be. Can I promise there won’t be scary moments or hurdles? No. But I can promise that at the end of your day, as long as you give it your all, you can say “I did my best.”
Don’t let life happen, make it happen.
Be your best and believe you can achieve so much more.