We are so close to the end of this year. 2016 has been a huge year for me. I changed from being nothing to someone who is fighting for usefulness, success and happiness.

I hope it has been a great year for you, too. Things I dreamed about, planned and talked about have finally started to take shape. Distilling all of this energy and action down to one simple conclusion, I think of things like this: After many years of procrastination, lying to myself, not trusting myself, my intuition and giving it to fear, I finally mustered up the courage to act.

Succeeding

I decided with huge conviction at the beginning of this year to put my passions and talents out there and embrace who I really am. I keep taking steps forward, sometimes small ones, at times big ones but, I am not giving up. And despite minor interruptions and distractions, I keep moving toward a life of success and self-satisfaction.

 

I did a lot of soul-searching, planning, thinking and answering very difficult questions. I’ve dealt with adversity and emotional pain. But it’s all made me stronger and confident. Through these trials, tribulations, successes and moments of epiphany, one simple truth has become even clearer to me: I care the most about my success — and no one else will ever care more.

This may sound self-serving, it may sound naive and gosh, it may even sound cliché. You may think: You’ve simply figured that out now?!

No.

We can know things in ahead of time of experiencing them. For example, I don’t need to experience running onto the interstate during the PM drive to know that what I know in advance (it’s a terrible idea) is in fact the reality. I might get killed. There’s just no value in doing that.

As sound as that knowledge is,the point at which we think about far less dangerous ventures, albeit ones that additionally include high-levels of risk, we cannot live with a “Poor Thinker’s mindset.” In other words, if we think we will never do big things, then it’s as sure as 1+1 = 2 that we will not. We will never even act. Discovering personal fulfillment and joy from our life’s work requires risk!

Succeeding

When we are brave enough to act, place things in motion and keep them moving, we begin to understand the pursuit of a life that we’ve imagined is worth living, is in fact, worth living. Lets say we give maximum attitude and effort and we plan things out intelligently and thoughtfully, the best bet in life is always the one we put on ourselves.

It’s experience that moves down our “bet” — or words. It’s living in the time that gives meaning to everything. Thomas Paine once wrote:

“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.”