I started this blog primarily to document my journey through an incredibly challenging situation I suddenly found myself in. It is meant to encourage and inspire others. I also write on topics of interest, like business and sports, and although I am a political junkie, I decided against writing about politics as it tends to be divisive. This time it’s different…and it’s not about politics. It’s about the devastating effects Donald Trump’s decision to effectively dismantle key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have on me and others like me. I didn’t choose to be in this situation, but here is how I got there.

Your actions determine your future. When you have lofty goals and aspirations, without an action plan and subsequent actions to accomplish them, they are merely dreams. Each step you take in the present determines what will happen in the future. Think of your goals like a bank account. Each action, regardless how small, is a deposit into that account. An accumulation of these ‘deposits’ takes you closer to your goal. At the end of each day, make an honest assessment about your accomplishments, and determine whether the actions take you closer to accomplishing your goals. If they do, great! If not, don’t be discouraged. It is important to persevere...just keep trying.

 

Onwards and Upwards!

 

 

Life is not a bed of roses and we will all face challenges at some point. It is during times of adversity that we truly discover who we are. We get to learn if our faith is as strong as we thought it to be, and we discover if we really are difference makers, capable of accomplishing extraordinary things. When the going gets tough, do we give up or do we step up our efforts and take the fight to a different level?

 

How many times do we have an idea or a dream and not pursue it because we are afraid of failing? There are so many uncertainties and because of fear of the unknown, we become crippled with fear.

 

The basketball player misses 100% of the shots he/she does not take, the quarterback misses 100% of touchdown passes he does not throw, and even the most successful entrepreneur fails at all of the business ideas he/she does not pursue.

 

We should not be so overcome with fear of failure that it renders us incapable of pursuing our ideas. If you have an idea, put the necessary plans in place and execute faithfully. Michael Jordan, one of the best to ever play in the NBA says the following:

 

I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

 

Whenever we fail, we must learn from the experience, make the necessary corrections and keep on pursuing our goal.

 

Onwards and Upwards!

 

How many times have we established a goal, worked tirelessly to achieve it, only to quit before achieving the goal? Too often we become impatient, and give up on achieving the goal when we believe success is not coming fast enough.


I love the following quote by Thomas Edison:
 “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up”


I have learnt that success requires dedication and perseverance. When someone we have not previously heard about becomes suddenly successful, it is easy to assume he or she is an overnight success, and that they got a lucky break. What we did not see is the years of planning, preparation, and dedication that individual endured before being successful.

If you are tempted to quit, remember that you are one step closer to success. There may be bumps along the way, but if you stumble, get up, dust it off, and continue working towards your goal. Success is closer than you think!


Onwards and Upwards!