I’ve done what I said I wanted to do; create a platform where I can discuss ambitions with other young women who are looking to leave their mark. Has it even began to touch the magnitude of where I believe it will go? No, but it’s given me the opportunity to talk to dozens about what it is that they really want to do and why they’re not doing it yet. With these conversations, comes the observation that many individuals believe that if they don’t already have it, it’s not meant for them. People are so quick to compliment the things that I’ve worked really hard for. It’s incredibly flattering, because it means that I’ve somehow made it look effortless when the reality of it is, I’ve worked my ass off and still have a long road ahead of me. I continuously hear “I wish I could write like you”, or “I wish I could travel all the places you go” but guess what….? You can.
Yes, some people have natural gifts like singing, an eye for photography, or painting but a gift isn’t enough. Please believe that anyone who is considered great at what they do didn’t solely depend on their God-given talents while He pulled the strings from the heavens above. They work tirelessly day after day for years, perfecting what they know their passion is. When someone says things to me like “I wish I could….”, I instantly think “no you don’t, or you’d be doing it right now”. Let’s be honest, you just wish what you wanted was easy. There will be so many things that you will feel inclined to do that won’t come easy to you. Just as Rome wasn’t build in a day, Beyonce isn’t the greatest entertainer of our time because she could sing at age 10. You will have to pick something up, and not set it down. It not only takes talent, but commitment and persistence as well. If you would quit wishing for what you desire and working for it instead, you’d be one step closer to having it.
The definition itself tells you two things; 1) what you want won’t be easy and 2) you don’t really believe it will happen. We use the word wish as a safety net, when we shouldn’t be using the word at all. When we say it, we’re expressing what we deeply desire without getting our own hopes up, because we’ve already decided we can’t have what we’re wishing for. People don’t become successes by wishing that they were. It takes action. How much time are you spending perfecting your jump shot?
Why are you settling for less than what you really want? In life, in your career, in love or adventure? Why are you comfortable being okay with things that don’t fulfill you? What has conditioned you to believe that your fantasies are just that? A wish in your mind that can’t be made real? Why do you believe that what you imagine would never happen for you? Your life is too short to be comfortable with the daily repetitiveness of doing what you have to, and not what you want. Do what you want.
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