Did you know that you can avoid success?
You, like me, may have never thought about wanting to avoid success, but we all have done it, and very well might I add.
Procrastination. Excuses. Laziness. Fear. Believing Lies.
If any of those thoughts or feelings creep up, don’t avoid them, face them, conquer them, and blast through them.
It happens to all of us, but the effects of being let down or disappointed run deep and can stick around for a long time.
For some people, they blame that single experience on their choices and allow it to determine the rest of their lives. A major disappointment or let down will always be a part of your story, but you are in complete control over the power you give it. You can choose to let it define you, destroy you, or strengthen you.
Check out Deserae’s story and how she handled and is currently handling being let down. (Click the Pic)
I know I’ve been each at some point.
The difference I’ve found is all in my mind, it’s all mental.
When I acknowledge fear and submit to it, I consider myself a coward. When I acknowledge fear and carry on in spite of if, I feel courageous.
When I start something and my mind says quit and I oblige it, I feel weak but when I ignore my thoughts and push through, I experience strength.
When I set a goal, if halfway through I decide I can’t make the goal, and stop, I have failed. When I choose to continue on… I win.
Which one I choose to be depends on the day. Luckily, the courageous, strong, winning days outnumber the others more and more.
Part of the reason I created Launch Young Adults was because I felt there wasn’t a voice or positive representation of the ‘regular’ kids/teens/young adults. Not one place to turn if you are an average American teen or young adult, for help, or to see someone who shared your experience. It always seemed as though as long as you had a stigma or fit a certain group, help was readily available. If you are/were
Drug or Alcohol Addict
Child of a parent in jail, deceased, or serving in the Armed Forces
There seemed to be programs, funding, and centers to help you, and rightly so, there should be. And for those from families above a certain income level, you could afford to get any help you needed or desired.
But what about the ‘regulars’, the ‘average’, the ‘normal’, or any other name I’ve heard them referred as? What if you grow up or grew up in a loving home where one or both parents worked, you had an ordinary childhood, attended and graduated high school, went on to college, or didn’t have the money for school? What if you had a business idea but your parents were already stretched thin trying to keep bills paid and juggle practices, rehearsals, and their own lives? Where do you turn for help? What’s your resource?
To me, it seemed as though you were left to figure out life on your own. While there’s nothing wrong with paving your own way, I thought it’d be nice to have an organization that existed, simply to fill in the gaps or what schooling and formal education didn’t teach, but that the ‘real world’ required you to know, to succeed.
So, in an effort to start putting faces to the ‘regular’ kids, we’ve started a new series of ‘story style’ videos. First up is Alex and his story of his unconventional high school experience. We invite you to subscribe to Launch Young Adults on YouTube, and check out Alex’s story Here.
Did you know that worser is in the dictionary? Crazy. I refuse to acknowledge that.
Whenever you decide to begin, that is the perfect time.
So, why not now?
How many times have we seen someone do something or come across a product or invention and thought, hey, I had that same idea, I should have done it.
Or, have you ever heard that someone passed or is sick and you feel bad because for so long you meant to call them.
Don’t put things off ’til later that can be done right now.
Whether it’s a business, a diet, a conversation, an apology, to start speaking to the quiet girl in school,whatever it is.
Don’t just halfheartedly go to work, create a company, workout, volunteer, babysit, or whatever. Do it to the absolute best of your ability. Commit yourself to whatever task you are currently presented with and honestly give it all you have. Go the extra mile, push yourself harder, take some initiative, go above and beyond, surprise yourself.
There’s no magic potion to make you kind, you have to be kind, if it doesn’t come naturally, work on it, work hard on it. Be pleasant, be polite, be kind, be courteous, be nice to others, ESPECIALLY when they aren’t to you, that’s when they need it the most.
Working hard and being kind are rewards in and of themselves.
Work Hard & Be Kind