I-Finding your route emotionally:the key ingredient
”Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right”.
– Henry Ford
Why do some people seem to succeed at what they do while others struggle and encounter failures one after the other. The answer to this question, in my opinion lies behind the perception that one has of himself or herself. It is not enough to have dreams and aspirations. We all do. It is been proven by medical experts who observed patients who are about to die that most often they struggle to live. The idea of accepting that we are about to leave this world is sometimes so far-fetched that most dying patients give it no serious examination. Our aspirations and desires are insatiable. They come and go. They vary depending on our environment, circumstances, age and sometimes our gender. No one is, so to say, immune from outward circumstances. Many things can affect us:the economy, the way people treat us, losing a dearly beloved friend or family member or sickness. However, when it comes to achieving success, it is imperative to set goals and visualize ourselves as having achieved those goals.
II-Setting goals:the remedy to passivity
Goal setting requires a tremendous amount of discipline and work. It is not enough to set them, one must be determined to stay focused, because as I said earlier, we all go through “hot waters”. Life gives to everyone a fair amount of trials and troubles. No one can escape. But we must be determined to overcome our inner weaknesses and set our minds to see the positive aspect of every trial. This is where joy triggers in. Notice that I am not talking about happiness which can be spontaneous and evaporate as soon as some adverse wind blows our way. Happiness can range from contentment and satisfaction to bliss and intense pleasure whereas joy, which is stronger and can accommodate feelings of happiness, comes when you make peace with who you are, how you are and why you are here on earth. It stems from the long journey of finding your purpose, your mountain. It runs deeper than happiness because it will propel you to greater heights and push you to get to the top of that mountain and plant a banner at the top. The writings and the colors on that banner will be nothing short of your exceptional make up, your design. Only those who can find “themselves” can truly experience joy. And this is the fundamental ingredients in learning to learn. We must be purpose driven when acquiring knowledge. This key ingredient has been one of the missing factor in all attempts to empower people through knowledge. Society has defined the skills and talents we need in order to function properly within its”walls”. This is the reason why many people embark on academic journeys that are dictated by external factors, just to find out later in life, if they ever do, that they had wasted a great amount of that life studying what they truly did not “enjoy”.