In the words of Ferdinand Foch, “The will to conquer is the first condition of victory.” To conquer other people, you must first conquer yourself. You must develop the courage, the power to face yourself. Find the courage to be your true self. Don’t pretend to be who you are not. Don’t hide yourself. Give yourself the power to pursue your dreams, to defeat your fears, and to conquer yourself.
When you are faced with a problem, believe in yourself, face it, and move on. Don’t cry. Don’t complain. The Scripture says, “All things are possible to him who believes.” Just keep learning to be what you really are. According to Henri- Frederic Amiel, “Learn to … be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.” From now on, resign from treating yourself badly. Resign from pretending to be who you are not. Because life is not about pretending; life is about loving. Life is about sharing. Life is about doing. If you are not learning to be what you are, you are learning to be who you are not. That is scary!
To achieve your purpose, you must first know what you want. If you don’t know what you want, what you want to achieve, where you are going, how can you achieve it, how can you get there? To start, you must nurture your potential. You must plant your own seed in the ground. You must find out what it is that you want to do with your life. Do not make the mistake of chasing what other people are doing. Don’t do it. And even if you did pursue their dreams, when you are done, you are still going to come back to your own dream. Is that not a life wasted? As Charles Darwin once said,”A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” Time is life. Life is time.
Don’t waste your life with people who don’t know what they are doing, where they are going, and how to get to where they are going. To put it simply, don’t waste your time with people who are confused. Instead, plant your own seed in the ground. Don’t forget it. Don’t ignore it. Because if you want your dreams to grow, your seeds to grow, you must water them. You must give them the right nutrients. You must work to make your dreams happen. You must work really hard to create your own future, if you are to have one.
Your future is about knowing who you are in the present. And to nurture your seed, you must never stop learning about yourself. Why is that? Because what you knew about yourself yesterday has expired. You are a human being. You are changing every day. So never stop learning about yourself. Focus on what you want to do, do it with all your might, don’t give it up, water it, feed it, and make it your mission on this earth no matter how tough. Because you will always get what you sow.